Today Friends of The Underline (FUL) announced the appointment of Ira Leesfield to its Board of Directors. This noteworthy addition to the board is a testament to Leesfield's commitment to public safety and his extensive experience in the field. As one of Miami's top personal injury and wrongful death attorneys, Leesfield brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the organization.
Aside from his legal career and accolades, Leesfield runs the Leesfield Family Foundation with a mission to help the lives of the less fortunate. Leesfield and his family's philanthropy have committed a $250,000 legacy gift to Friends of The Underline to sponsor a dedicated native garden area on The Underline directly across from his office on US1 in Coconut Grove.
"Leesfield’s commitment to community service and public safety, as well as his law firm's proximity to The Underline, makes him a welcome addition to our dynamic board," said FUL Founder Meg Daly.
The foundation is led by twenty-two of Miami's philanthropic and corporate leaders. Its board of directors advocates delivering a 120-acre world-class linear park spanning 10 miles below Miami's Metrorail that will transform regional mobility and celebrate diversity, culture, and lifelong learning. The project's transformational and pioneering vision positively impacts the community through mobility, resilience, and public safety.
A diverse set of skills and experience characterizes the Board of Directors of The Friends of The Underline. They aim to connect people and their environment, creating a safe, healthy, equitable, and sustainable community. In addition, FUL continues reaching out to people with innovative urban trails and creative programming.
"The Underline will be our office's new 'front yard' neighbor, and Miami will have a visionary green space. Every global city identifies with a world-class park, and The Underline is ours," said Leesfield, Founder and Managing Partner at Leesfield Scolaro. "I'm honored to join this incredible board of directors and assist in the expansion of The Underline," he adds
The foundation recently partnered with José Andrés' World Central Kitchen to deliver over 177 million hot meals for people with destroyed homes or no power across eight countries impacted by the war in Ukraine and continues its commitments to provide food, medicine, and supplies to the region. In Miami, the foundation supports incredible organizations, including Live Like Bella, a childhood cancer foundation; Amigos for Kids to prevent child abuse; The Melissa Institute for violence prevention and treatment; The Yes Institute, the source for knowledge on gender and orientation; and the Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida.