Javier Alberto Soto

President and CEO

Javier Alberto Soto is the President and CEO of The Miami Foundation, a nonprofit that has helped hundreds of individuals, families and corporations deepen the impact they make with philanthropy.

A key asset Javier brings is his extensive knowledge and relationships across all of Miami and in federal, state and local government. Throughout his career he has worked on a wide range of public policy issues. This is important as the Foundation is more often being called on to bring together diverse groups to tackle significant issues in our community. Prior to joining the Foundation, Javier served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Dutko Worldwide, a multi-disciplinary public affairs firm.

He spent much of his career in the public sector as a litigator in the Miami-Dade County Attorney's Office, the County's Director of Intergovernmental Affairs where he was responsible for the development and advocacy of the County's state and federal legislative agenda and then Chief of Staff to former County Mayor Alex Penelas. It was as Chief of Staff that he oversaw operations, including policy development and media strategy. Upon completion of Mayor Penelas' term in office, Javier was the Transition Chairman for Mayor Carlos Alvarez.
Javier graduated cum laude in History and Political Science from Florida State University and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.  He has also been selected by the Aspen Institute to join their 2013 class of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program, a highly-selective two-year program that engages the next generation of leaders to develop community-spirited leadership and put thought into action.