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Aqua Foundation Executive Director Robin Schwartz to step down after four years running organization

Robin Schwartz, executive director of Aqua Foundation for Women since 2010, has announced she is stepping down this fall.

Here's the official news release:

As Aqua Foundation for Women announces the resignation of its Executive Director, Robin Schwartz, they offer immense thanks for her dedication and leadership. Schwartz’s history with the organization dates back to its founding days when she was among the small group of women who formed the first foundation focused on the needs of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in South Florida. This group went on to become Aqua Foundation for Women. Schwartz served on the Board of Directors for over seven years before being appointed as Executive Director in 2010.

"My goals when becoming Executive Director four years ago were to diversify and grow Aqua's income, increase awareness of its programming, develop internal processes , improve external communications, but more importantly, assure Aqua's work addresses the needs of LBT women in South Florida", says Robin Schwartz.

Aqua Foundation has achieved much under Robin’s leadership:

  • High impact initiatives such as the LBT Health Directory and the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Initiative

  • Increased annual scholarship giving from $28,000 to $60,000

  • More balanced fundraising. In 2009: 16% of a $285,000 budget was raised outside of Aqua Girl, AFW's largest fundraiser. In 2013: 55% of a $485,000 budget was raised outside of Aqua Girl

  • Created an Aqua Men group to welcome and encourage male involvement and support

  • Improved structure in administration, programming and event management

  • Higher visibility of the foundation's work

  • Stronger relationships with other LGBTQ and ally organizations leading to valuable collaborations

  • Created new community events and programs such as the annual LGBTQ Family BBQ, Aqua Ally Awards and the LBT Emerging Leadership Conference

“Robin’s dedication, passion, and hard work to maintain the purpose of AFW in the LBT community has elevated the Foundation and positioned us for continued growth and positive impact for those who need it most for years to come.  We wish her all the best and remain forever grateful for her work”​, states Nicole Waters, AFW Chair.​

“We are extremely proud of where Aqua is today and know the foundation is poised to continue to flourish, grow and have a positive impact on the LGBTQ community. AFW's board is actively searching for a new Executive Director.  We look forward to this next step in AFW's amazing journey and know that Robin will always be a part of our Aqua family,” says Waters.

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Aqua Foundation's 10-year anniversary celebration will be 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 20 at Gale South Beach. Click here for $75 general admission tickets.

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