Raul Moas named Knight Foundation’s Miami program director

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January 4, 2018

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Raul Moas will join the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as its Miami program director, effective March 1

MIAMI – Jan. 4, 2018 – Raul Moas will join the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as its Miami program director, effective March 1.

Knight’s programs in Miami are primarily focused on creating a strong entrepreneurial economic base in the region and in the arts. Moas, an investment professional and social innovator, will be responsible for the economic and innovation initiatives. 

Moas served as the managing director of AGP Miami, an angel investor network that brings together early-stage investors to support South Florida's most promising tech startups. In that role, he created programs and partnerships to broaden the pool of investors in the city’s early-stage startups. In the last four years, AGP has grown to nearly 100 active investors and made more than 24 investments in South Florida companies totaling more than $7 million.

Prior to joining AGP, Moas served as executive director for Roots of Hope, an international nongovernmental organization focused on youth empowerment in Cuba. At Roots of Hope, Moas led the creation of programs like StartUp Cuba, which supports emerging entrepreneurs from the island in gaining practical skills, and social ventures like Discover Cuba, which has facilitated hundreds of socially conscious trips and family reunifications.

A Miami native, Moas is passionate about Miami and deeply involved in making his community a better place. As a member of the Global Shapers Miami Hub, the young professional arm of the World Economic Forum, Moas focuses on promoting equitable development in Miami. Moas is also a member of Class VIII of The Miami Foundation's Miami Fellows program.

“Raul has a strong track record supporting Miami’s innovators. His insight and commitment to this city will enable Knight Foundation to continue to invest in the people connecting and empowering the city’s burgeoning entrepreneurial community,” said Sam Gill, Knight Foundation vice president for communities and impact.

"As a Miami native, I am especially thrilled to be joining Knight Foundation in realizing our city's potential to be aglobal hub where exceptional people and ideas thrive,” said Moas. “We are a complex and dynamic community, full ofincredible entrepreneurs, artists and civic leaders, who are all eager to build a better Miami. I look forward to advancing this goal together.”

Moas previously served as a tax associate at global consulting firm EY’s Miami office where he focused on international tax planning and transfer pricing. He earned a Master of Science in taxation and a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Miami, and is a licensed CPA in Florida.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.

Contact: Anusha Alikhan, Director of Communications, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 305-908-2646, [email protected]