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Sabeen Perwaiz is Executive Director of Florida Nonprofit Alliance where she strengthens, promotes and advocates on behalf of Florida’s nonprofit sector. During her tenure, FNA released Florida's first nonprofit economic impact report and nonprofit compensation survey.

Prior to joining the organization, Perwaiz was a researcher for Vital Voices Global Partnership, served as Special Projects Manager for Pace Center for Girls, implemented an Early Childhood Education program with Aide et Action in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,  and led the Earn Up initiative for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

Since 2012, Perwaiz has led the all volunteer team for TEDxJacksonville. Perwaiz serves on the steering committee for Women's Giving Alliance and is a member of the Jacksonville Women's Network. She is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida Connect. Perwaiz has been named an Aspen Ideas Scholar, Woman of Influence, and 40 under 40. She has also received a One Jax Humanitarian award. In 2018, Perwaiz was appointed to Florida's Commission on Community Service.

Perwaiz earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and pre-medicine from City College of New York and her master's in International Development from the University of Birmingham in the UK.

An avid traveler, Perwaiz has visited over 40 countries and hopes to visit at least 100 in her lifetime.


Lester Abberger, of Tallahassee, is chairman of the Leroy Collins Institute at FSU, The Friends of Florida History, and the Tallahassee Bach Parley. He is past chairman of 1000 Friends of Florida, Leadership Florida, the Florida Humanities Council, the Museums of Florida History, and the Leon County Library System Advisory Board. He currently serves on the boards of Neighborhood Medical Center (a FQHC),

the League of American Orchestras, the Florida Audubon Society, Florida First Capital Finance Corp, and the Florida Council for Economic Education. He is a graduate of Davidson College, where he served on the Board of Visitors, and is a Knight Fellow at the University of Miami School of Architecture.