Miami Beach, Florida
Miami Beach, Florida
Community activist, historian, preservationist and freelance writer, Herb Sosa is a founding member of, and currently serves as President of Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida, offering Leadership, Protection & Promotion of Latino|Hispanic LGBTQ rights (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning)- the only organization of its kind in South Florida since 2002.
Sosa also is Pubisher|Editor-In-chief of AMBIENTE Magazine, the first & only LGBT publication offered in English, Spanish & Portuguese, produced bi-monthly, offered free of charge, and distributed digitally around the globe to thousands of our readers each issue.
Mr. Sosa brings over 20 years of corporate and not-for-profit leadership experience in the community. Previously, Mr. Sosa was Corporate Creative Director for Burdines Dept. stores, was Executive Director of Miami Design Preservation League and the Art Deco Weekend Festival in Miami Beach.
In 1995 Mr. Sosa created and developed the Ba-Balu Store concept in Miami & Miami Beach, earning the store the unique distinction of being named one of Conde N’ast Traveler Magazines top 100 destinations in the world in 1996. Mr. Sosa has receive various career and personal accolades from his peers, including the Up and Comers Business Leaders Award (1996), City of Miami Beach Herb Sosa Day proclamation (1997), and featured in Café Con Leche, a documentary on first-generation Cuban-Americans (1996). Sosa served as chairman of Miami Beach's Historic Preservation Board for over six years, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Miami Design Preservation League, Miami Beach Community Development Corp., Shelbourne & Fernwood HIV/AIDS Housing, and variety of other organizations throughout South Florida. While president of Dade Heritage Trust, Sosa was honored to be involved in the restoration and re-lighting of the 1925 Cape Florida lighthouse in Key Biscayne, culminating with a Gala Re-Lighting Ceremony in July 1996, capping Miami's Centennial.
In January 2004, Herb Sosa was named one of Tentaciónes Magazines Top Ten Latina/o activists in the U.S. and in 2005 was named one of OUT magazines Top 100 LGBT Activists and featured on LOGO TV. On April 2008 Sosa was named Terra.com's Activist of the Month.
In 2009 Sosa received a City Proclamation from Miami Beach – Herb Sosa Day - for his community work, was nominated for a Glaad Media Award in 2009 for Outstanding Digital Journalism for his wo