Joann Milord is the Executive Director of Northeast Second Avenue Partnership also known as NE2P. Northeast Second Partnership, Inc. (NE2P) is a community initiated and collaborative effort composed of diverse community stakeholders interested in a comprehensive revitalization of the key commercial corridors in the Little Haiti community. NE2P is committed to creating and sustaining a vibrant commercial center to increase economic opportunities for the residents of the community. As the Executive Director, Joann has spearheaded the strategic planning of the organization and continues to move NE2P’s mission forward. In 2005, she joined Accion USA as a loan officer targeting the Haitian micro enterprises by providing micro loan products and technical assistance to business owners, who would have been unable to obtain loans from traditional banks especially, in Little Haiti. At Accion USA, Joann managed a 3 million dollar loan portfolio throughout the state of Florida.
In 2006, she became an adjunct professor at Keiser University where she taught associate and bachelors level Criminal Justice courses. She was promoted to Senior Business Development and Loan Officer at Accion USA in 2008. While employed at Accion USA, Joann joined the Board of Directors of Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P). Since joining NE2P joined has tripled the organization’s budget, by seeking various funding opportunities from local government and private foundations raising over $500,000.
Currently as the Executive Director of NE2P, Joann is spearheading multiple projects that have had a significant impact in the Little Haiti community:
-Cultural tours to market and brand Little Haiti
-Cultural events to promote are as a cultural destination
-Technical assistance for small business development
-Citizens on Patrol to increase public safety and quality of life
-Advocacy for public services needed in the community and
-Little Haiti Small Business Association
Under her leadership, NE2P was awarded the Switchboard Miami All Stars MVP award in 2014, the Miami Foundation’s Public Space Challenge in 2015 and the National Main Street Refresh program. Mrs Milord is also an author with articles published in The Miami Herald and Le Floridien.