HACCOF Chairwoman /Co-Founder
Ms. Paola Pierre, , MBA /HRM – is chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Haitian American Chamber Commerce of Florida (HACCOF). She is the first female to occupy the Chamber’s premier leadership position since its inception in 2005.
Ms. Pierre was a founding member of HACCOF. She served as the Chamber’s Executive Director from 2011-2014 and subsequently served as the Chamber’s Treasurer.
During her tenure as executive director, she focused on the creation and/or promotion of business opportunities for small and new businesses, as well as, developing partnership with existing businesses through the Chamber. She was also instrumental in supporting the Chamber’s creation of one its most high profile initiatives – The 20 Under 40 Young Professionals (YoPro) Award, honoring Haitian American YoPros in communities within the State of Florida, age 40 and under, for their commitment and contributions both professionally, civically, academically and personally. She serves on several local and national boards for nonprofit organizations in various capacities.
Ms. Pierre is currently employed as the Assistant Personnel Director of the City of North Miami, Florida. She is a human services and relationship specialist, among other responsibilities, she coordinates, develops, organizes and implements personnel programs.
Before joining the City of North Miami, she operated her own business – Pierre Consulting, Inc., an agency that provided consulting and administrative services to various organizations. From 2000 to 2011, Ms. Pierre worked for Catalyst Miami, formerly known as the Human Services Coalition (HSC) as the agency’s general operations, finance and human resources personnel where she rose to the position of Vice President of Administration. She also worked as a Benefits/Human Resources Coordinator for the Goodwill Industries of South Florida and she managed several medical offices for over a decade.
Ms. Pierre has been honored on numerous occasions and she is the recipient of several civic and leadership awards. She obtained her master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and Human Resources Management along with a graduate certificate of Accounting from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Trinity International University, and an Associate Degree from Miami Dade College.