CFO & Executive Vice President
Camela Glean-Jones is a dynamic operational and financial leader with a long list of accomplishments in her 32-year career with a leading economic development organization as well as Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial firms.
Since 1993, Ms. Glean-Jones has served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive-Vice President of Administration for The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership. In that role, she was named a 2011 finalist for the South Florida Business Journal Chief Financial Officer Awards, which honor the innovators, strategists and pioneers in this key sector of the region’s economy.
•Collaborated across all departments, gathering data to support strategic and tactical decision-making by the senior leadership team and board of directors.
•Teamed with the CEO and board of directors on the development and implementation of a five-year strategic plan.
•Successfully overhauled the nonprofit’s information technology (IT) infrastructure by implementing automation in all applicable areas.
•Managed a $2.8 million build-out and leasehold improvement project for a 16,000square-foot office space, which came in 14% under budget.
•Successfully streamlined the Human Resources function with technology and negotiated cost-effective benefit packages for 30 positions with a bundling approach resulting in 15% reduction in renewal rates during the last five years.
•Rebuilt nonprofit’s accounting and finance team. •Implemented best practices in financial reporting and controls while maintaining an entrepreneurial culture.
•Implemented stringent cash control policies, resulting in a $5.8 million reserve fund equivalent to one year of operating resources.
•Successfully managed investment portfolio, generating a 50% increase in interest income with a laddered portfolio approach.
•Achieved unqualified audit opinion for more than 25 years.
•Served on a special committee to streamline Miami Dade County’s Occupational License Business code classification/categories, resulting in a more efficient process between Miami-Dade County and its municipalities.
•Implemented a business continuity/disaster recovery program for small businesses and nonprofits.
CAMELA GLEAN-JONES Biography
•Assisted in the recruitment effort of Southern Command from the Republic of Panama to Miami-Dade County by managing temporary office space for the lead team.
•Successfully managed $35 million in a federal, state and local grant program, and a $10 million bridge loan program sanctioned by the State of Florida with a 95% repayment to the state.
•Assisted in the launch of a Hispanic Venture Fund in partnership with other local chambers of commerce.
Prior Positions Ms. Glean-Jones began her accounting career in 1980 in Panama as an accountant for entrepreneurial corporations. In 1986, she relocated to the United States as an accountant with the New York-based firm Shandong Enterprises, and joined Columbia Tristar Home Video a year later.
After moving to South Florida, Ms. Glean-Jones served as controller of We Will Rebuild, Inc., a non-profit organization, established after Hurricane Andrew devastated the county’s southwest area in 1992. She successfully established the back office operation for this start-up organization, which raised $26 million in local, state and federal grants along with private national and international contributions dedicated to re-building southern Miami-Dade County.
Community Service Deeply committed to community service, Ms. Glean-Jones serves on the board of the American Heart Association and is actively involved with the United Way, the University of Miami Mentor Program and the YWCA. She has also participated with the University of Miami Mentor Program, and served as treasurer for the Saint Thomas Episcopal Parish School Parents Association.
Personal Ms. Glean-Jones is fluent in both English and Spanish and maintains professional affiliations with several organizations.
Marco Phanord, bilingual in English and French/Creole, works as the Senior Accountant in the Budget and Administration Department at the Miami-Dade Beacon Council and the Beacon Council Foundation.
He works closely with the Chief Financial Officer and EVP to ensure the fiscal integrity of the organization. Marco has over 15 years’ experience in accounting and finance, working in public accounting, as well as nonprofit organizations and privately held corporations. After earning a dual degree of Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Management Information Systems from Florida International University, he obtained a Master of Science in Taxation from his alma mater. A native of Miami-Dade County, Marco takes immense pride in providing support to ensure the continued improvement and growth of our community.
Vanessa Tamanini is a driven, focused, knowledgeable Administrative and Human Resources professional with 10+ years of experience, and a proven ability to manage complex administrative functions.
Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hartford majoring in Management with a minor in Spanish.
In her current role as the Executive Assistant to the CFO, she acts as a support function for the CFO as well as assists with Human Resources functions such as benefits administration, hiring/termination procedures, etc.
Previously, she worked as the Business Manager for the New England Region of a global Engineering/Architecture Management Firm for almost 10 years. Her responsibilities included office management, safety coordination, HR Liaison for the New England Region, supporting 2 senior executives and acting as the go-to for any office related issue that came up. Prior to that she held a couple of different roles in Human Resources for a hotel as well as a medical malpractice insurance company.
With a multi-cultural background which includes extensive travel, as well as being bilingual (English/Spanish) and having basic knowledge of both Portuguese and Italian, Miami is the perfect place for her to relocate and is looking forward to experiencing more of the city and surrounding areas and seeing first-hand how it continues to grow with the support of The Miami-Dade Beacon Council.
Melissa is the first point-of-contact for staff, clients and visitors to Miami-Dade Beacon Council. Besides her duties at the front desk, she assists the Budget and Administration Department in numerous areas and responds to other departments requests for help with special projects.
Before joining the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, Melissa worked as a data entry specialist with Diamonds International, one of the largest jewelry retailers in the world. Prior to that position, she worked as an administrative assistant at Somay Paints, a manufacturer, distributor and exporter of premium quality paints and waterproofing coatings for the interior and exterior of architectural surfaces.