Our Mission

Friends of The Underline

Our Mission: To deliver and activate a 120-acre, world-class linear park spanning 10-miles below Miami’s Metrorail that will transform regional mobility and celebrate diversity, culture and lifelong learning. Through innovative urban trails and creative programming, we are connecting people to their environment and each other to create a safe, healthy, equitable, and sustainable community.


Core Values

The Underline is a 120-acre park in Miami’s urban core that celebrates building a world-class city celebrating:

  • Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Innovation
  • Health & Wellness
  • Sustainability
  • Safety and mobility
  • Connectivity
  • Fun

The Underline Conservancy

Our Mission: To deliver and maintain a world class 10-mile linear park and urban trail and provide engaging community-based health, wellness, public art, culture and educational programming for all.

  • Friends of The Underline Board of Directors
  • The Underline Conservancy
  • Friends of The Underline Team
  • Public Funders & Sponsors
  • Underline and Brickell Backyard Founders
  • Partners
  • Endorsements

Meg Daly

Founder

Roger Terrone

Treasurer, BDO

Jessi Berrin

Baptist Health South Florida

Kieran Bowers

Swire Properties

Nick D’Annunzio

Tara Ink

Emily Estefan

Musician

Rudy Fernandez

University of Miami

Alina Hudak

City of Miami Beach

Arden Karson

Karson & Co

Ryan Marks

Kaufman Rossin

David Martin

Terra Group

Josh Merkin

rbb Communications

Camilo Miguel, Jr.

MAST Capital

Arturo Nunez

AIE Creative

Grace Perdomo

Zyscovich Architects

Salma Rahmathulla

Pelicans Group

Brent Reynolds

NR International

Rudy Touzet

Banyan Street Partners

Debi Wechsler

Philanthropist

Lilly Weinberg

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Steven Wernick

Wernick & Co

Judy Zeder

Coldwell Banker

Eric Zichella

P3 Management

Daniel Balmori

Pro Bono Attorney Hogan Lovells

Honorary Board Members

Marco Borges

22 Days Nutrition

Ximena Caminos

HoneyLab, Underline Public Art Vision Planner

Parker Thomson

Hogan Lovells

Board of Directors

Meg Daly

Chairwoman, Friends of The Underline Board Member

Alice Bravo

1st Vice Chairwoman, Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works

Stu Blumberg

2nd Vice Chairman, Retired

Roger Terrone

Treasurer, Friends of The Underline Board Member

David Cardenas

Secretary, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Chief

Frank Balzebre

Intergovernmental Liaison to Miami Dade County Mayor Gimenez

Alina Hudak

Assistant City Manager City of Miami Beach, Friends of The Underline Board Member

Kevin Walford

Miami-Dade County Transportation Planning Organization Planner II

Steve Wernick

Wernick & Co, Friends of The Underline Board Member

Miami-Dade County Partners

Irene Hegedus

The Underline Construction Project Manager. Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works Chief Transportation Enhancements.

Tom Morgan

The Underline Conservancy Contract Manager. Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Chief of Operations.

Meg Daly

Founder, President, and CEO

Prior to founding Friends in 2014, Meg owned First Media Direct, a breakthrough target marketing company catering to the broadcast television industry. She has also held executive marketing and management positions in the public relations, advertising, technology, and real estate industries. Meg has a BA in English from Vanderbilt University and has served on a number of philanthropic boards.

Patrice Gillespie Smith

Chief Operations Officer

Patrice has worked as an urban planner across the nation to create walkable, livable and resilient communities. Prior to working with Friends of the Underline, she served as the Sr. Manager of Planning, Transportation and Resilience for the Miami DDA; led Neat Streets Miami; and developed the Safer People, Safer Streets Action Plan and the Miami-Dade Complete Streets Guidelines. She is passionate about engaging the community in the Underline and wants to hear your great ideas.

Breanna Faye

Chief Technology Officer

Breanna is an MIT-trained architect turned technologist with a passion for bridging digital and physical environments. From GPS-enabled smart helmets to autonomous AI-driven recommendation engine for electric vehicles, she has overseen projects spanning the Future of Work, IoT, Smart Transportation, Mobility, Buildings and Cities, and is an advocate for human-centered design solutions that improve the livelihoods of individuals and the communities they reside in.

Amy Rosenberg

Chief Advancement Officer

Amy has founded/co-founded five community organizations including Dream in Green, the Arsht Center’s young patrons group, The Green Room Society, and Overtown Music Project. Prior to working with The Underline, Amy was the Director of Annual Giving and Community Engagement for the National YoungArts Foundation. Amy received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

Masi Faroqui

Community Outreach Manager

A Miami native, Masi manages community outreach for The Underline. Before working for The Underline, Masi worked for the Children’s Movement of Florida a statewide 0-5 children’s advocacy organization as director of outreach and engagement. Masi graduated with an Associate’s in Arts degree from Miami Dade College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology from Florida International University. He earned a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

Kelvin Allen

Facilities Manager

Kelvin comes to The Underline after many years working in Atlanta with Turner Field and WeWork on the operational side of the business with responsibilities of covering the Southeast region. He has a B.S. in Finance and an MBA in Management and is passionate about empowering people to believe in themselves and making the world a better place for the next generation.

Kate Gilhuly

Team Member

On her return to Miami, Kate became a volunteer in 2018 and subsequently a dedicated team member of Friends of The Underline. Prior, Kate worked with global travel industry leaders to market their concepts, capture and maintain data, and provide analysis on membership categories, demographics, and opportunities. Kate is delighted to call Miami her home and to be involved in The Underline and the Miami community.

Maria Rincon

Finance and Operations Coordinator

Maria previously worked at Brightline Trains, a high-speed passenger rail system headquartered in Miami, Florida and now proudly serves as The Underline’s Finance and Operations Coordinator. Maria is excited to partner with The High Line Network in order to enhance, improve, and define Miami’s own recreational infrastructure. Maria received her Bachelor’s Degree from Pace University in New York and her Master’s Degree from the University of Miami.

Ana Ruiz

Marketing Manager

Ana is a Creative Digital Entrepreneur, Growth Hacker, Innovation Ecosystem Builder, and Futurist. She has brought her expertise in storytelling content creation and social media to a wide range of industries from startups to corporations. After 7 years of immersing herself in the growing innovation community in Miami, she joined The Underline as Marketing Manager. She is extremely passionate about working to increase the standard of living for the place she calls home and advocating for women’s empowerment causes.

Sam Perzan

Event Coordinator

As a Philadelphia native transplanted in Miami, Sam has an affinity for making the impossible possible. Before joining The Underline team in 2019, Sam worked with countless start-ups in the Miami area, serving as a conduit to their growth and success. Alongside his work with The Underline, Sam also serves on the Board of Conscious Urbanism, a Miami based philanthropic organization. Sam graduated from Lynn University with a degree in Political Science.

  • Miami-Dade County
  • State of Florida
  • City of Miami
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • City of Coral Gables
  • City of South Miami
  • Swire Properties, Underline Founder
  • The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Underline Founder
  • Pinnacle, Brickell Backyard Founder
  • Publix Super Markets Charities, Brickell Backyard Founder
  • Banyan Street Capital, Brickell Backyard Founder
  • Mary Brickell Village, Brickell Backyard Founder
  • Brickell Heights & SLS Lux, Brickell Backyard Founders
  • Miami-Dade County Transportation & Public Works Department
  • The High Line Network
  • Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department
  • University of Miami School of Architecture
  • The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • The Miami Foundation
  • Miami-Dade College MAGIC Department
  • Miami-Dade County Animal Services
  • Miami Downtown Development Authority
  • SOMI Magazine
  • Miami-Dade County
  • City of Miami
  • City of Coral Gables
  • City of South Miami
  • Beacon Council
  • ChamberSOUTH
  • Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
  • Village of Pinecrest
  • Village of Palmetto Bay
  • AIA Miami Chapter
  • APA FL Gold Coast Section
  • Bakehouse Art Complex
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • BDO
  • Beacon Council
  • Bike Coconut Grove
  • Bike SoMi
  • Bike Walk Coral Gables
  • Bike 305
  • Bottle & Bottega
  • Brickell Homeowners Association
  • Building.co
  • Coconut Grove Village Council
  • Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
  • The Downtown Development Authority
  • East Coast Greenway Alliance
  • Emerge Miami
  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Friends of the Ludlam Trail
  • Friends of the MPath
  • Gridics
  • Hogan Lovells
  • The League of American Bicyclists
  • Lowe Art Museum
  • Mack Cycle & Fitness
  • Magic City Bicycle Collective
  • MIAMI Association of REALTORS
  • Miami-Dade County MPO BPAC
  • Miami-Dade County MPO TARC
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • The Mitchell Wolfson Foundation
  • Netherlands Consulate General In Miami
  • PeopleForBikes
  • Perricone’s Restaurant
  • Republica
  • rbb Communications
  • South Miami Hospital
  • U.S. Representative Ileana Ros Lehtinen
  • Riviera Neighborhood Association (RNA)
  • Salazar Jackson LLP
  • South Miami Bike Shop
  • Swire Properties
  • The Sierra Club Miami Group
  • Tara Ink
  • TrAC
  • University of Miami
  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Photo Credit (top): Rafael Delceggio & Raygun Agency