Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, Esq.
Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, Esq., is the founding Executive Director of Venture Café Miami. In this role, she works to facilitate sustainable growth, increased diversity and inclusion, and greater connectivity within Miami’s innovation and startup community.
Ms. Buchanan previously served as legal counsel to entrepreneurs, startups and multinational corporations in a wide variety of complex business litigation matters and commercial disputes. She shifted her career from law to focus on supporting innovation, a process which has an unrivaled ability to improve the human condition and solve the most pressing civil and business challenges.
Leigh-Ann currently chairs the ABA’s Coalition on Racial & Ethnic Justice and previously, the ABA National Taskforce on Stand Your Ground Laws. She is the founder of the Nyah Project, an exclusive fellowship which develops diverse youth leaders from underserved communities through transformative experiences abroad. Leigh-Ann also sits on the executive boards of New Leaders Council Miami and Friends of the New World Symphony.
Ms. Buchanan holds a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. She also holds a B.A in International Studies from Bethune-Cookman University.
Leigh-Ann has been recognized as a one of South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders (2013); National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division Rising Star Award (2013); Greater Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, HYPE Award finalist (2014); Daily Business Review, Rising Star (2015); American Bar Association Top 40 Young Lawyers (2016); Aspen Institute’s National Working Group on Inclusive Innovation (2016); and the Miami Dade Chamber Young Innovator of the Year (2016).