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CEO To Receive Ruth Shack Leadership Award

Vance Aloupis, CEO of The Children's Movement of Florida, will receive the 2016 Ruth Shack Leadership Award for his work advocating for high-quality early learning and access to health care for every child in Florida.

The Miami Foundation and Philanthropy Miami annually present the award to an under-40 leader who exemplifies strong ethics, dedication and service to Greater Miami -- qualities embodied in Shack, the foundation's president emeritus. She was also a three-time Miami-Dade commissioner who sponsored the county's 1977 Human Rights Ordinance.

Aloupis, 32, will be honored on May 12 at the annual Donor Next Door Luncheon at Jungle Island.

"Vance is an excellent example of what young leaders can accomplish when we identify their potential, hone their talent, then position them to tackle big issues," said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. "Like Ruth did for human rights throughout her career, he has turned his passion into a movement, galvanizing thousands in support of investing in our children. He has truly become the civic change he wants to see."

David Lawrence Jr., chair of The Children's Movement, agrees.

"Vance Aloupis is a role model for his generation -- and mine, too," said Lawrence, a retired Miami Herald publisher who has worked closely with him since The Movement began in 2010. "Good people should be celebrated, and he is most deserving."

Earlier this month, Aloupis received this year's Emerging Leader Award from Florida International University's Center for Leadership. In 2014, he was honored with the Young Floridian Award by The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida.

Aloupis, who earned bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Miami, was twice appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to serve as a commissioner for Volunteer Florida. He also was a graduate of The Miami Fellows Program and Connect Florida, which mentors the next generation of statewide leaders. In 2015, he was selected as one of 90 young professionals from across America to join in the first cohort of Harvard Business School's Young American Leaders Program.

As CEO, Aloupis oversees The Children's Movement's day-to-day operations, including building statewide awareness and support for early childhood education through organizational collaborations, regional strategies and fund-raising.

He said he is honored to be chosen for the Ruth Shack award because she has been a highly respected local leader for decades.

"Ruth Shack is synonymous with Miami," he said. "To receive an award in her name is beyond humbling -- and, more importantly, a reflection of the significance of Miami in the movement for early childhood in Florida."