Real Estate Attorney, Civic Activist, Dog Lover
Laura Russo is a lifetime Gables resident (except for a few cold years in Connecticut). She graduated summa cum laude from UM with a BA, and then with a law degree (JD). After working for a title insurance company, and then as a code enforcement hearing officer for the City of Coral Gables, she set up her own firm that specializes in real estate contracts, land use. and zoning. She has served on the board of directors for the Coral Gables Bar Association, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the Coral Gables Museum, and the Coral Gables Community Foundation. She is the proud owner of two dogs, Sydney and Lulu Giselle.
Russo is the incoming (as of this month) chair of the Coral Gables Community Foundation.
What She Says
“As incoming chair [of the Community Foundation], I am hoping to bring greater awareness to people in Coral Gables who have heard about the foundation but don’t know what we are about,” says Russo. “I want to get as many people as possible to join in… and to see about increasing our funds for scholarships.” As far as her role as a real estate attorney, “the greatest challenge is maneuvering through a process that isn’t adversarial but can become adversarial. You have to play consensus maker and get to a place where both sides are happy.”