Ariel serves and has served in numerous volunteer boards for nonprofit organizations, municipal and county government with the goal of helping his community.
He has served the City of Coral Gables as the Chairman of the School Community Relations Committee as well as a member of the Property Advisory Board and Emergency Management Board. He has been appointed to these positions by Commissioner Rhonda Anderson, Commissioner Jeannett Slesnick, Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk, Jr., and Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli.
CITY OF CORAL GABLES SCHOOL COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE, Chairman
September 2017 to October 2022
Appointed by Commissioner Rhonda Anderson (2021 to 2022)
Appointed by Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli (2017 to 2021)
The School and Community Relations Committee is responsible for advising the City Commission with regards to all issues surrounding public schools and the community, in addition to working with schools to address their needs by incorporating community members and partners.
Ariel served as the Chair of the Board for the last three years.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FILM AND ENTERTAINMENT BOARD, Board Member
May 2018 to October 2022
Appointed by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa
The Miami-Dade County Film and Entertainment Board advises the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Commission on all issues affecting the Film, Photography, Music and Entertainment industry in South Florida. It works with local partners to help enhance the industry and attract new projects to the County with the goal of creating new jobs for the local economy.
BELEN JESUIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, Class of 1999 Class Delegate
December 2019 to Present
Ariel is a graduate of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School and serves a class delegate for the class of 1999. As class delegate, he is a liaison between the members of his Class or School, the Alumni Association, and Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, by maintaining open communication with the Alumni Association Office, and promoting all Belen Alumni-related events and projects.
SPANISH AMERICAN LEAGUE AGAINST DISCRIMINATION, Board Member/Communications Director
November 2013 to Present
“SALAD is an organization created in 1974, as a response to an emerging and evolving Hispanic population in South Florida. In its almost forty years, SALAD has been formative in challenging discriminatory practices in housing, employment, education and immigration. Today, SALAD continues its mission to advocate for a vibrant and prosperous South Florida Community.”
LIFE ALLIANCE ORGAN RECOVERY AGENCY, Board Member
May 2007 to Present
Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency (LAORA) is a non-profit community service organization which oversees the organ donation process for the southeast Florida region. We work on building awareness for organ donation and securing organs for clinical transplantation throughout southeast Florida and transports them to transplant centers throughout the United States.
CHURCH OF THE LITTLE FLOWER PARISH COUNCIL, Council Member
January 2015 to October 2019
Served as a member of the parish council of the Church of the Little Flower in Coral Gables, Florida. The parish council advises the pastor on issues related to the parish, including membership, community outreach, issues affecting parishioners and ways to address parish needs.
CITY OF CORAL GABLES PROPERTY ADVISORY BOARD, Board Member
June 2015 to June 2017
Appointed by Commissioner Jeannett Slesnick
The Property Advisory Board is responsible for advising the City Commission with regards to all contracts and leases for City owned property. The committee additionally helps the City devise strategy on how to best use property and the purchase of new properties.
RAMZ ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL, Founding Governing Board Member & Vice Chairman
June 2010 to June 2015
RAMZ Academy is a Charter School in Miami-Dade County Florida. “RAMZ Academy promotes a culture of literacy in all academic areas as well as develops creativity, critical thinking, multilingual communication and collaboration skills through the implementation of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and The 21st Century Framework Model to assure that all our students master a multidimensional core and become productive and responsible citizens able to succeed in a global society.”
CITY OF CORAL GABLES EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION BOARD, Board Member
December 2010 to May 2011
Appointed by Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk, Jr.
The Emergency Management Division Board advises the Commission on ways to address emergency situations and devises strategy to implement during City emergencies. It also acts as the Commission’s right hand when an emergency exists in the City.