Cuban American Latina Attorney Promotes Diversity In the Legal Profession

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Meet Jessica Marra, Hispanic Woman of Distinction, Attorney, Law Firm of Kelley Kronenberg

“Hispanics are underestimated, but undeniable.  Loud but loyal. Persistent, but passionate.” We are a force to be reckoned with, and we will be climbing until we have reached the peak!”

Jessica Marra An unexpected hurdle in Jessica Marra’s life has given her a continued strength that she did not know she possessed. In 2017, her daughter Charlotte was born with a serious heart defect; HLHS (only half a heart). Jessica spent the first seven months of Charlotte’s life at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Cardiac ICU,  and now, she is at home with another open-heart surgery expected this year.

Instead of shutting down, Jessica went back to work as a lawyer. She sits on the Executive Board of the “Broward County Hispanic Bar Association,” thus promoting diversity within the legal community. She did this even during COVID 19, by creating virtual events to achieve the association’s goals.

Furthermore, for the past two years, Jessica has helped plan the “Bilingual Symposium,” which focuses upon speaking to high school students who are struggling with English. and by counseling them to push forward in order to reach their goals.  Jessica is also active with the “Lawyers for Literacy” program, where she uses her life story as an inspiration.

By co-founding a non-profit, “Heart Warriors, Inc. Jessica and the directors ensure that working with “heart families” in her same situation and simultaneously raising funds for necessary research would continue. Known as a “Heart Mom,” Jessica is also a committee member of the “Pediatric Congenital Heart Association,” and she is a member of “Lawyers Have Heart” for the American Heart Association.

As former Vice President of “MS. ESQUIRE,” a female attorney networking group, she worked to bring women into the legal profession.  She also served as Director of the “Latin Builders Association,” a Director of the “Stephen R. Booher Inns of Court” and as a contributor to the “Cuban American Bar Association (CABA),” thus continuing to be a part of the Hispanic legal voice in the future. In addition, Jessica was recently elected to the “Diversity & Inclusion Committee” at her law firm, Kelley Kronenberg.

Jessica is married to a fellow lawyer, Marc Marra , and they live in Plantation.  They all love Disney World, and in her spare time, Jessica says she enjoys interior decor and design and shopping with her daughter, Charlotte. We are proud to announce the 2021 Hispanic Women of Distinction and the Latina Pioneer of the Year. 2021 Honorees: MELIDA AKITI, VP Ambulatory & Community Service, Memorial Healthcare Systems (Broward) YINETH SANCHEZ ASLAN – GEICO Staff Counsel, Law offices of George L. Cimballa, III (Broward) MARIA S. ANTUNA – CEO Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County – (Palm Beach) ERBI BLANCO-TRUE – Community Development Manager, IBERIABANK, First Horizon Bank (Miami) THAYRA “Tye” HAUSHEER – Volunteer Community Leader AARP Florida (Miami) HEIDI ALZATE KAUFMAN – Founder/President Heidi Alzate Consuting (Broward) JACQUELINE LOPEZ-DEVINE – Chief Clinical Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Trustbridge ( Palm Beach) JESSICA MARRA – Attorney, Law Firm of Kelley Kronenberg – (Broward) JAENE MIRANDA – Pres/CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County (Palm Beach) LUBBY NAVARRO – School Board Member Miami-Dade County/Director of Government Affairs Memorial Healthcare Systems (Miami) KIMBERLY VALENTIN – Hospice Liasion Amedisys Hospice (Broward) CAROLINA VEIRA – Dir. Community & Corporate Partnerships IMC Health (Miami) Juliette Ashley Valle, 2021 Hispanic Woman of Distinction Up & Comer Award JOIN US on September 10th to honor these fantastic women! Tickets $95 per person, table sponsorship $1500. For more information, sponsorship opportunities and updates visit www.hispanicwomenofdistinction.com or on Facebook.

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