Meet Bina Fink Kohl, Hispanic Woman of Distinction, Outreach Coordinator, Broward County – Office of Commissioner Steve Geller
“Be a voice, advocate for the people that do not have a voice and stand up against those that try to take your voice away.”
After the release of her father following a harrowing kidnapping in Guatemala, Bina Fink Kohl’s family moved to the United States for their safety. Like most new immigrants, especially when they don’t speak the language spoken, the transition can be especially difficult. Bina also understands the culture shock and facing discrimination too well. After learning of her youngest brother’s murder in Chicago, the family also recognized that moving to a new country would not automatically ensure their security.
Processing their life-altering pain, Bina realized that all she could do to help her parents through their grief was just to be there and listen. Recognizing that healing power, she volunteered for victim advocates organizations to be a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on and sharing a kind word to help those who were suffering.
After attending the Hebrew Academy (RASG) in Miami Beach and attending Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Israel, Bina returned to the States.
During the 1990s, Bina worked with a number of broadcasting companies and record labels including PolyGram Latino Records, Televisa MX and Radio Ritmo. Bina quickly learned that discrimination wasn’t just found in the community. No matter how talented an artist was, their recordings would not get played on the most popular stations.
However, knowing that stations would respond to their audience’s requests, while touring with the internationally famous Bee Gees, Bina would get talented Latino performers to share the show’s billing to the delight of fans of all ethnic backgrounds forcing stations to play more Latino artists.
Bina also worked as a public relations specialist and entertainment correspondent before being hired in 2018 as the Outreach Coordinator for southwest Broward’s District 5 Commissioner Steve Geller.