We are young professionals empowering the next generation of urban leaders. As Elevate's Young Professional Council, our mission is to engage Orlando's next generation of professional leaders to empower urban youth for a successful future.
We are looking for other young professionals that are eager to make a difference in their community through alumni mentorship, speaking engagements, hosting job shadowing, or joining one of our committees. Please submit your information HERE.
Tara is a senior associate lawyer at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. in the firm’s Real Estate Transactions, Development and Finance, Commercial Leasing, Land Use and Zoning and Environmental Law practices. Tara attended Wake Forest University on a Presidential Scholarship for Debate where she competed in both Policy Debate and Mock Trial. Tara received her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Erik is in acquisitions for National Retail Properties (“NNN”), a 30 year old real estate investment trust based in Orlando, FL. Ever since joining NNN and learning about Elevate, he has had the desire to help EO grow and benefit the lives of as many children as possible. He lives with his wife Lisa and two children, Oliver and Eleanor.
Heather McGill currently serves as Generous Giving’s Director of Partnerships seeking to build collaborative relationships with strategic partners and high impact volunteers. Previously, Heather served for three and half years as National Christian Foundation (NCF) Orlando’s Director of Giver Services. Heather graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Event Management and a double minor in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits. Heather is an Orlando native and also currently serves on the Advisory Board for NCF Orlando and on the board for First Presbyterian Church of Orlando’s Heart of the City Fellows. She enjoys spending time mentoring high school girls and convincing people that Orlando is the next Nashville.
Rob is the Sr. Director of Marketing Analytics and Targeting at Universal Orlando Resort, where he has worked since 2006. Rob grew up in Winter Park and went through the public school system which he’s excited to support through EO. He received his BS in Decision Information Sciences from the University of Florida and MBA from Rollins College. Rob, his wife, and two children live in College Park where his kids attend Lake Silver Elementary.
Ernest Wiggins II
Ernest founded Atlas Speed Training LLC after years of performing at the highest level of Track & Field, and performing in 33 countries for Team USA and Nike. Inducted into the 2013 Appalachian State University Athletic Hall of Fame and performing for numerous world teams for USA as well as being endorsed by Nike and Holyfield International. Ernest has also been an honoree motivational speaker at several banquets and sports camps throughout Florida, Texas, and Canada.
Kim Nguyen Gray
Kim is a Corporate Counsel at Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. Prior to joining the company, Kim was a Senior Associate at the law firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. She was a Founding Member and served as Past President of the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association. Kim also currently serves as the President of the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys.
Brett grew up in Orlando, Florida. Brett is a graduate of Boone High School, and then SMU with a degree in accounting. He has been in the commercial real estate industry for 12 years and currently works for HFF, LP multifamily group. He is married with two kids, ages 6 & 3.
Tucker was born and raised in Maitland, FL. Attended WPHS and graduated in 2008. Alumni of Auburn University, graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree from the McWhorter School of Building Science in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. After Graduation he began working as an Assistant Project Manager for a general contractor, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC located in Winter Park, FL.
Clay was born and raised in Maitland, Fl although he spent a few years out in Denver Colorado as a young child. He attended Winter Park High School then The Florida State University where he majored in Political Science and Business. Clay continued his education at FAMU's law school where he received his Juris Doctor degree. He is currently an Estate Planning lawyer in the Orlando Area.
Kyle is the Chief Investment Officer at Bourne Financial Group, LLC, which specializes in healthcare real estate investments. Kyle grew up in Winter Park and graduated from Lake Highland Preparatory School, then from Baylor University with a B.B.A. with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate. Prior to founding BFG in 2014, Kyle served as a Senior Financial Analyst and Asset Manager for CNL Financial Group. Kyle is married with two kids, ages four and two.
Elsa is an Executive Assistant at Ravago Americas supporting the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Entec Polymers at the headquarters in Maitland. She grew up in the Orlando area and is a graduate of Boone High School. Elsa attended UCF where she studied Human Resources Management and Sociology. She has a strong drive to help the youth in her community achieve academic success, healthy lifestyles and develop good character. Elsa currently resides in Winter Park, FL.