As Executive Director of the Sabrina Cohen Foundation, Stacey Glassman Mizener is at the helm of the organization’s leadership during an exciting time of growth and the launch of a capital campaign. Stacey has witnessed Sabrina’s heroic strength and vision and is motivated to support her dream of building a more inclusive community for individuals living with disabilities.
The Sabrina Cohen Foundation is currently developing an iconic world-class center that will serve as a model for how to treat citizens with disabilities and help to improve their lives. In partnership with the City of Miami Beach, the SCF is creating a first of its kind, state-of-the-art Adaptive Fitness and Recreation Center with a fully accessible beach. This Center will offer physical fitness programs, a robotics and technology center along with daily activities that promote mental and spiritual wellness. Services will be offered daily to children, veterans, the elderly and the community at large, along with the roughly 29 percent of Miami-Dade residents that are living with some type of disability. The building was designed by renowned Architect Kobi Karp, and Architectural Digest awarded it the honor of “Best Pro-Bono project of 2019.”
As the Executive Director, Stacey will focus on managing all aspects of this $10.5 Million Capital Campaign and raising the funds necessary to bring this important project to reality. Stacey will aim to build a diverse and inclusive community of supporters, help facilitate a better understanding of the everyday challenges and solutions of people living with disabilities and expand the current programs to be able to serve more people. Once this campaign is achieved, the SCF will expand this platform nationwide and continue advocating for these human rights.
For more than 20 years, Stacey has dedicated her career to helping elevate the artistic and cultural fabric of Miami. She served as the Vice President of the National YoungArts Foundation from 2017-2020 and helped to empower artists to pursue a life in the arts. Beforehand, Stacey worked as the Vice President of Faena Art, a non profit organization that houses and produces post-disciplinary and time-based creative experiences. Prior to joining Faena Art, she conceptualized and founded Metro 1 Community, a corporate social responsibility platform to further Metro 1’s commitment to improving the communities it serves through educational, cultural and environmental initiatives.
From 2003 to 2013, Stacey served as Associate Vice President of Development for New World Symphony in Miami Beach, where she founded Friends of New World Symphony. An innovative membership program with more than 1,000 patrons, her strategy successfully sought out and engaged Miami’s next generation of arts patrons with classical music. She also played an active fundraising role in the launch of the $200 million capital campaign to build the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center through corporate, individual and event fundraising; and recruited and managed the Friends Executive Committee and National Council in Miami and New York, comprising 60 of the most outstanding philanthropists, influencers, business leaders, publicists and journalists.