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Leigh-Ann Buchanan, Esq.

Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, Esq. – Executive Director

Leigh-Ann Buchanan is the founding Executive Director of Venture Café Miami.  In this role, she works to facilitate sustainable growth, increased diversity and inclusion, and greater connectivity within Miami’s innovation and startup community.

She previously served as legal counsel to entrepreneurs, startups and multinational corporations in a wide variety of complex business litigation matters and commercial disputes.

Leigh-Ann currently chairs the ABA’s Coalition on Racial & Ethnic Justice and previously, the ABA National Taskforce on Stand Your Ground Laws.  She also sits on the executive boards of New Leaders Council Miami and Friends of the New World Symphony.

Leigh-Ann is the founder of the Nyah Project, an exclusive fellowship which develops diverse youth leaders from underserved communities through transformative experiences abroad. She is among a collective of professional women who established Get Linked Miami, a youth hackathon and workshop series that  engages diverse youth in STEM career education and coding training.

She holds a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and a B.A summa cum laude in International Affairs from Bethune-Cookman University.

Leigh-Ann has been recognized as a one of South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders (2013); National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division Rising Star Award (2013); Greater Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, HYPE Award finalist (2014); Daily Business Review, Rising Star (2015); American Bar Association Top 40 Young Lawyers (2016); Aspen Institute’s National Working Group on Inclusive Innovation (2016); Miami- Dade Chamber of Commerce David Fincher Young Innovator of the Year (2016).