Pérez Art Museum Miami Announces New Trustees

Pérez Art Museum Miami Announces Luke Palacio as Board of Trustees President, Welcomes New Trustees Julia M. Brown, Andrew Carton, Chelsea Hirschhorn, Victoria Rogers, Juan Toro, Daniel de la Vega, and Alexandra Wilkis Wilso

​(MIAMI, FL — November 20, 2020) — Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is pleased to announce Luke Palacio as the museum’s Board of Trustees President, along with the appointment of Julia M. Brown, Andrew Carton, Chelsea Hirschhorn, Victoria Rogers, Juan Toro, Daniel de la Vega, and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson to the museum’s Board of Trustees.

Palacio and the seven additional trustees have been enthusiastic longtime supporters of PAMM and will continue to make vital contributions to the museum in their new roles. The Board of Trustees has been integral to PAMM’s growth and success, and has provided exceptional leadership and support, especially during the challenges of the pandemic.

“The PAMM board has enthusiastically elected Luke Palacio as its new President. He has prepared for this role with devotion and leadership in the last few years. The Board has also elected 7 impressive new Trustees who bring diversity, enthusiasm, and wisdom to their new roles. Under the leadership of CEO Franklin Sirmans and President Luke Palacio, PAMM is on its way to reaching new heights and will fulfill its mission for the betterment of the citizens of South Florida,” said Aaron Podhurst, PAMM Board of Trustees Chairman.

“I’m excited to continue working with Luke as Board of Trustees President, whose leadership has been integral over the last several years, in addition to new trustees Julia, Andrew, Chelsea, Victoria, Juan, Daniel, and Alexandra, who will bring valuable experience in management and philanthropy to the board as we navigate today’s challenges,” said PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans.


​Julia M. Brown has served as Chief Procurement Officer for several global multinational organizations including Clorox, Kraft, Mondelez, Carnival Corporation and most recently Mars Wrigley. She has built a global reputation of being a transformational leader delivering billions of dollars of value across these enterprises. 

Brown began her career at Procter & Gamble, Canada and has also served in leadership roles at Diageo and Gillette. 

She currently serves on the boards of the Molson Coors Beverage Company, Shutterfly and Solo Brands. She continues to have a desire to serve the Miami community, having served on the boards of the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami) and the Camillus House (Miami).  Internationally, she is a trustee for Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply-CIP(London) and has achieved Fellows status with the organization.

Brown is also a member of the International Women’s Forum and the Executive Leadership Council.


Andrew Carton studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London—the place that he credits for a good portion of his creative and innovative thinking. He launched his first company in 1993 and has been an entrepreneur ever since. His last company, Mobile Nations, was founded in 2004 on the insight that everyone on the planet would own a smartphone. As this vision came to take shape and with a passionate and dedicated virtual worldwide team of over 100 people, the company eventually became one of the Top 10 largest tech media publishers in the US.

After growing profitably, organically, and without any external funding or debt for nearly two decades, Mobile Nations was acquired in 2019 and is now wholly owned by Future plc—a fast-growing global media company publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange with a rich history in tech and gaming publishing that was founded in 1985 by Chris Anderson who now leads the TED organization.

Carton now spends his time as an investor and also supports various non-profit organizations. On the investor side, he seeks interesting people with the passion, vision, commitment, and execution skills to build great businesses primarily in the media, ecommerce and technology spaces. On the philanthropic side, he seeks changemakers with a broad systemic understanding of social problems. His greatest passion is the technological diffusion and democratization of knowledge and he strongly believes that building a prosperous future for all will depend on our ability as individuals and societies to continuously recode the habits and myths that form the basis of our collective ability to make the decisions that lead to optimal outcomes.

Carton was born in Spain, raised speaking French with a German mother and an English father.  He has lived in 10 countries on four continents and is fluent in four languages. Carton first visited Miami in 1984 and has been a permanent resident here for the past 12 years with his Italo-Venezuelan wife and young son.


Chelsea Hirschhorn is the founder and CEO of Frida, one of today’s fastest-growing parenting brands, dedicated to creating simple yet genius tools that tackle the unsexy, unfiltered (and non-Instagram-worthy) realities of parenthood. Leveraging her firsthand experience as a mom of three boys, and her innate understanding of function-forward, user-centric design, Hirschhorn has built a product line of over 100 must-have innovations spanning multiple categories, from Infant Wellness to Oral Care to a recently launched line of postpartum recovery products called Frida Mom.

Prior to Frida, Hirschhorn was an NYC-based bankruptcy attorney at Weil Gotshal & Manges and Associate Counsel & Director of Ancillary Revenue for the Miami Marlins. She was featured in Inc. Magazine’s first-ever “Female Founders 100 List” and received nods from Fast Company as a “Brand to Watch” and Parents Magazine as “Baby-Gadget Guru” and a “Top Millennial Mom” alongside Chelsea Clinton and Alicia Keys. Hirschhorn holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.


Victoria J. Rogers is vice president of arts at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and an expert in nonprofit management. Rogers oversees Knight’s investments in the arts in eight cities where the foundation has historical roots, including Miami, Detroit, and Philadelphia. 

Prior to joining Knight in 2015, Rogers was the executive vice president of New World Symphony, where she developed the strategic plan and oversaw all revenue generation, as well as marketing and communications. Rogers orchestrated the $200 million capital campaign for New World’s Frank Gehry-designed campus, one of the world’s most technologically advanced concert venues. 

Before joining New World Symphony, Rogers served as assistant vice president for central development at the University of Miami, where she was the architect of its billion-dollar capital campaign, Momentum. A native of Louisville, Ky., Rogers lived in Atlanta for 21 years where she held leadership positions at Georgia State University, Emory, and the Science and Technology Museum of Atlanta.

Rogers earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Jacksonville University and a master’s in business communications from Georgia State University. She has studied nonprofit management and entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. Rogers serves on the boards of The Miami Foundation, YoungArts and Pérez Art Museum Miami, and is a member of The Academy of Arts & Sciences Commission on the Arts. In 2019, she was recognized as a Miami Herald 2019 Florida Influencer.


Juan Toro is a Managing Director and Private Client Advisor with Bank of America Private Bank in Miami. Toro works with a select group of ultra-high-net-worth individuals, couples, and families, helping them advance their priorities with diligence and care. Committed to the long-term well-being of each client, he differentiates his approach through his customized advice, leadership, and execution. He offers a boutique-like approach grounded in intensive personalization and client privacy, sensitive to the unique circumstances of each relationship.

Toro works with a number of wealth creators, many of whom are first-generation Americans. He is skilled in overseeing large-scale transactions, negotiating on behalf of the clients he serves. Pragmatic in his approach, Toro is mindful of the value of a client’s time. He looks to build consensus, expedite answers, and enhance transparency so that clients can make informed decisions about their financial lives and legacies. He directs a highly experienced team of specialists who work in concert to uncover possible efficiencies in investments, customized lending and banking, trust and estate planning, family office services, and philanthropy. Toro has significant experience facilitating financing for real estate and fine art.

Prior to joining Bank of America Private Bank (formerly U.S. Trust) in 2004, Toro spent 21 years with domestic and international banks, where he served in leadership positions that included Chief Lending Officer, Treasurer, and CEO. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, he was raised in New York City. Toro is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and earned his B.A. in Economics from Boston University.

Active in the greater Miami community, Toro has served on the boards of The American Red Cross of Miami Dade and the Keys, Florida Grand Opera, Hands on Miami, the Bakehouse Art Complex and The Nu-Deco Ensemble. 


Daniel de la Vega is President of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty and has been instrumental in building the leading luxury real estate brand across Florida’s East Coast since the affiliate was founded in 2008. ONE Sotheby’s operates in Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, Indian River and Brevard Counties with 22 offices and over 1,200 associates. De la Vega applies his background in finance and marketing to manage a property portfolio totaling $7 billion-plus in both new, luxury condo developments and existing listing inventory. De la Vega has been immersed in real estate for most of his life, including more than 15 years as a professional broker, which provides him with unique insight into mastering real estate deals and building relationships throughout the globe. He regularly travels the world, from Latin America to Europe and all throughout the U.S., in order to expand ONE Sotheby’s International Realty’s network and form partnerships that better serve the company’s distinguished clients. These efforts have been vital to fortifying the company’s local reach and worldwide presence.

De la Vega has a great appreciation for the convergence of real estate, art, design and culture, qualities that are synonymous with the vibrancy of South Florida and the Sotheby’s brand. He is an avid art collector, possessing more than 100 works in his growing collection, and is active in the art community as a member of The National Young Arts Foundation. De la Vega also served on the Guggenheim’s Photo Committee for over 5 years.

A native of Miami, De la Vega earned a finance and marketing degree from Florida International University, where he served on the Leadership Advisory Board for the College of Architecture and The Arts, and received a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Miami, where he serves on the board of the University of Miami’s School of Law Real Property Development LL.M Board.


Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is a visionary entrepreneur, investor, and consumer tech advisor who has distinguished herself with  a string of digital enterprises that have delighted consumers and disrupted industries. One of the founders of the ecommerce pioneer Gilt, Wilkis Wilson has thrived at the leading edge of digital, with recent successes in the on-demand economy, artificial  intelligence, and machine learning. She’s advised scores of new and developing businesses, served on the boards of public  and private companies, and personally invested in 20 startups.

Wilkis Wilson began her career in Global Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch, and subsequently worked at Louis Vuitton North  America and Bulgari Retail USA before joining her co-founders to create Gilt, the shopping and lifestyle retailer that  transformed early online shopping with flash sales of luxury designer goods. As Gilt’s Co-Founder and Chief Merchandising Officer, Wilkis Wilson helped create the winning strategy that defined the user experience and traveled extensively to enlist  thousands of global luxury brands to sell on Gilt at steep discounts, which was virtually unheard of at the time. She was also  a prominent spokesperson for the company, featured in print and digital campaigns, as well as a symbol of female  entrepreneurship in commercials with Avis and Delta. She co-wrote a New York Times bestseller on the company’s meteoric  and much-imitated trajectory. Gilt was acquired by Hudson's Bay Company in 2016. 

Wilkis Wilson earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Harvard College. She has been featured in dozens of  major media outlets, received many prominent awards, and given 100+ keynotes and other addresses. A native New Yorker, Wilkis Wilson now lives among her Cuban roots in Miami and speaks five languages.


Luke Palacio is a Managing Director and Head of Citi Private Bank for the Southeast US, based in Miami. He oversees teams responsible for creating individual financial strategies involving managed investments, capital markets, trusts and estates, investment finance and banking. Under Luke’s leadership, the Private Bank has expanded the firm's presence throughout the region and currently maintains offices in Miami, Palm Beach and Atlanta. 

Prior to joining Citi, Luke spent 14 years at JPMorgan Private Bank in New York, Geneva and Miami. He served on the Latin America Private Bank Operating Committee as Head of the Southern Cone and the Andean, Central American, and Caribbean regions. Earlier in his career Luke spent 11 years in Corporate Finance at ANZ Bank and NatWest USA, focused on financial institutions, energy and natural resources. From 1995 through 1999, he served as Group Representative and Country Head for ANZ Bank in Chile and Peru.

Luke holds a B.A. in Economics from Fairfield University and an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from the NYU Stern School of Business. Active in the community, Luke is currently President of the Board for Pérez Art Museum Miami. He has been a PAMM Board Member since 2010 and his love for the visual arts was largely influenced by his father who studied architecture in Havana and practiced his craft for over 30 years in the Northeast.  Luke is also a member of the Investment Committee for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and previously served as Vice Chair of the Key Biscayne Community Foundation.  


Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), led by Director Franklin Sirmans, promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas, advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture, and design, and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. The 37-year-old South Florida institution, formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM), opened a new building, designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, on December 4, 2013 in Downtown Miami’s Maurice A. Ferré Park. The facility is a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming and features 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space with flexible galleries; shaded outdoor verandas; a waterfront restaurant and bar; a museum shop; and an education center with a library, media lab, and classroom spaces


Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is sSponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Support is provided by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Additional support is provided by the City of Miami and the Miami OMNI Community Redevelopment Agency (OMNI CRA). Pérez Art Museum Miami is an accessible facility. All contents ©Pérez Art Museum Miami. All rights reserved.
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