The mission of Aqua Foundation for Women is to serve and support the lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives.

Whether we are providing future LBT leaders with critical financial and emotional support, distributing vital funds to local organizations working with the LBT community, or fostering opportunities to ensure that members of our Transgender community feel safe and supported, Aqua is making a lasting and indelible impact on South Florida. However, we can’t do this work without the help of people who believe ensuring that everyone in our community and is valued and supported. We hope you will join us.

– Caitlin Wood, Executive Director at AFW


Our annual grant program awards organizations in a variety of areas including health & wellness, women’s empowerment, transgender issues, cultural enrichment, equality and more.

We provide scholarships to benefit students attending or entering college and who are active in the South Florida LGBT community. We identify emerging leaders and help them develop and grow through our scholarship program, which includes a component designed to facilitate collaborative and leadership skills.

Each scholarship recipient is paired with a mentor. The mentor’s objective is to lend support to the recipient with her education, personal development, and community goals.

AFW identifies and targets the needs of the LBT women’s community and develops initiatives designed to motivate our community to fulfill them.

Building Alliances and Identifying our Community Needs
We create an open dialogue with our community through strategic partnerships and relationships with individuals and organizations invested in our shared vision. And, we build and strengthen relationships with mainstream organizations to foster the wellness and equality of LBT women.

Fostering Philanthropy and Building Community
We encourage women to become invested in their community by volunteering and the act of giving through ongoing events, our membership program and leading by example.


Karen GilbertChair
Alicia Apfel, Chair Emeritus, Aqua Foundation for Women Founder
Alison Burgos, Chair Emeritus, Aqua Girl® Chair and Founder
Lynare RobbinsVice Chair
Alesha SmithMembership Chair
Ann McCowanTreasurer
Campbell AlexanderMarketing Co-Chair
Carol CoombesBoard Member
Cecile HouryScholarship and Mentor Co-Chair
Jodi L. Strang Adams, Esq., Board Member


Maria Blet
Yolanda Flores
Raquel Matas
Charlie Million
Mona Pittenger
Dr. Karen Raben
Alix Ritchie
Elizabeth Schwartz
Olive Watson


Caitlin WoodExecutive Director
MJ Castells, Program and Operations Manager
Tommy Gomez, Marketing Manager