Elise Scheck Bonwitt
Elise is the co-founder of Gazelle’s Social Initiatives, an organization committed to increasing performance of social sector organizations. She is a community activist who has devoted time to social welfare and children causes.
Elise has been actively involved in Greater Miami Jewish Federation for many years and is currently Treasurer of the Board and chair of the Women’s Impact Initiative. She recently finished her term as President of Women’s Philanthropy. She is also on the Board of Overtown Youth Center and a Mentor with Women of Tomorrow, where she works with 30 girls at Miami Lakes Educational Center. Elise has also given her time and energy as a member of the Women’s Department Amutot Committee and the Jewish Volunteer Center board.
In the past, Elise has served on the board of Beth Torah Congregation, where she founded and chaired Mitzvah Day for many years. She also has served as PTA Vice President of her children’s school and has chaired several events and committees at the school.
In addition, Elise has spent significant time in organizations supporting the needs of children in South Florida. She co-founded KICK, a summer camp program for inner city youngsters, has served as a Big Sister, and has provided pro-bono legal services. Elise has mentored several girls at Biscayne Gardens Elementary School, is a volunteer for Lawyers for Children of America, Legal Aid and a member of Florida Association of Women Lawyers, among other legal organizations.
Elise is an Attorney who is currently Of Counsel to Givner Law Group, previously Higer, Lichter & Givner. Elise is also a Certified Circuit Court Mediator, mediating cases in the areas of corporate litigation, employment law, real estate, probate, insurance and personal injury. Over the past few years, she has also served as legal counsel to several privately-held companies regarding issues such as employment law and corporate transactions. From 1998 to 2006, she was general counsel for Sweet Paper Sales Corp., one of the largest privately-held companies in South Florida. At Sweet Paper, she was responsible for all legal issues including employment law, corporate transactions and vendor contracts. Prior to Sweet Paper, she worked for five years at Smoler, Lerman, Bente & Whitebook, primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, construction litigation, real estate and corporate transactions. She graduated from University of Miami Law School and Columbia University.
Elise and her husband, Gil Bonwitt, live in North Miami Beach. They are the proud parents of five children.