Evelyn I. Suero, President
Evelyn I. Suero is a global business attorney and founder of Suero Law, PLLC where she focuses on the legal needs of startup & established companies, nonprofits, investors, and entrepreneurs. Evelyn handles all phases of business development, incl. corporate structure & governance, contracts, copyrights & trademarks, franchising, raising capital, expanding operations into Florida, and Going Global. Because of her broad expertise, Evelyn is an in-demand public speaker and has been a featured speaker on many prestigious platforms such as, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum, Enterprise Florida, Women Economic Forum, Univision Despierta América®, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and People en Español® Poderosas, to name a few. Evelyn has also served as Board Member/Director for the Miami-Dade Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board and the Miami-Dade Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL), and is currently a Global Advisory committee member with the International Trade Centre (ITC) SheTrades initiative.
Pamela Fuertes, Vice President
Pamela Fuertes is Executive Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Miami Dade College. Prior to assuming her current role, Pamela’s professional career started at The Miami-Dade Beacon Council as Vice-President of International Economic Development Programs and Staff Liaison of the Creative Design Initiative. Her professional career includes experience in the public and private sectors having also served as Director, Economic Development Department for the City of Coral Gables, President of LanguageSpeak, and Program Assistant, Sister Cities Program for Miami-Dade County. With a deeply rooted passion for Miami’s international business community and culture, Pamela serves on the Board of the Arts & Business Council of Miami, the Miami Scientific Italian Community, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce, CAMACOL, and the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT.) Pamela has degrees from the University of Miami and Miami Dade College. She was born in Nicaragua, studied in Paris, France and is a Fellow of the Institute for International Public Policy.
Lesa Forbes, Programming VP
Lesa Forbes is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce and has worked for the agency for 20 years. Her duties include counseling Florida companies on exporting and developing markets abroad. Her mission is to assist U.S. manufacturers/service providers and their representatives in South Florida establish distribution channels around the world, through Commercial Service operations in over 80 countries.
Elena Méndez, Treasurer
Elena Méndez joined the Export-Import Bank’s regional office in Miami in July, 2012, and is primarily responsible for assisting US exporters in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to joining EXIM Bank, Ms. Méndez had dedicated most of her extensive banking career in international trade, new business development and institutional and corporate banking. She worked for various global financial institutions, including Citibank and Dresdner Bank Latin America AG. Elena has extensive business exposure and travel throughout South and Central America & the Caribbean. Her diverse experience includes working closely with domestic and foreign companies; the overseas branches and affiliates of multinational corporations; financial institutions; central banks; and foreign governments.
Ms. Méndez received a Master of International Business degree from Florida International University (FIU), Miami, Florida; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami (UM), Coral Gables, Florida.
Monica Morley, Membership VP
Monica Morley is a veteran in the Cosmetics and Beauty Industry with over 25 years of experience. Specializing in International Business Development, Monica is the CEO of Mamachas Trading, the SVP of Palladio Beauty Group & Townley Girl Cosmetics, and a Member of the South Florida District Export Council. Monica is also an award wining executive, recipient of the President’s “E” Star Award. She volunteers her time with Florida Universities and Colleges to mentor business students as well as local businesses that seek assistance in the field.
Nyamusi Igambi, Board Member At Large
Nyamusi K. Igambi is the Regional Director for the Southern Network at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She leads a field-based team of trade professionals dedicated to assisting U.S. exporters in resolving barriers to market entry and identifying new opportunities to grow U.S. export sales. The Southern Network includes offices in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Puerto Rico and is part of the International Trade Administration's U.S. Commercial Service global network of offices in over 100 U.S. cities and within U.S. embassies and consulates in more than 80 countries.
Jennifer Diaz, Board Member At Large
Jennifer (Jen) Diaz is the President and Founder of Diaz Trade Law. Jen is a Chambers ranked, Board Certified International Attorney specializing in customs and international trade. For more than 15 years, Jen has provided legal advice and customized training on import and export compliance to industry, with a strong record of success in mitigating federal administrative enforcement actions. Jen has received many accolades from the legal community, including being recognized by “Super Lawyers” as a Top International Attorney, having an AV rating of “Superb,” and serving as President of the Organization of Women in International Trade (2018-2019). A frequent media commentator, Jen has authored book chapters for The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association, numerous Bloomberg Law articles and other leading publications. Jen is Editor of “Customs & International Trade Law” a blog recognized by the U.S. Library of Congress as being an important part of the legal historical record.