Mr. Leo Gilling is a Caribbean-American, Miramar resident, small business owner, media personality, philanthropist, educational advocate and writer, with decades of dedicated community service under his belt.

His record of service is exceptional in the Caribbean-American community across the United States’ west coast and in Miramar, South Florida, where he is a member of Miramar’s first Sister City Committee, serving as the Mayor’s proxy.

Gilling’s commitment to education led to the hosting of the first US and the Caribbean education summit in the City of Miramar on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, (STEM), in April 2018, where Caribbean and US educational professionals were able to network and share strategies on improving and meeting the needs of education for the next generation in the technological era. The summit was an extension of a similar program held in Los Angeles, EXSEED, which provides professional development to hundreds of STEM teachers in the US and the Caribbean Diaspora. The EXSEED program has graduated over 120 teachers who are now part of an established network to help train and support other teachers in STEM-learning methodologies.

The immigrant-born entrepreneur also gives his time serving as a member of Miramar’s Parks and Recreation board and as a member of the board for the Partners for Youth Foundation, (PYF), which sponsors youth empowerment and mentorship activities in South Florida; as well as the Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale Lakes. In Los Angeles, his former home, he worked diligently with many of the city’s leading business associations and organizations to host and promote cultural activities and festivities for residents on significant holidays throughout the year.

The Jamaican-born, U.S. citizen has over 20 years of experience as an accountant and cost analyst, business consultant and small business owner in the insurance, finance, media and hospitality sectors. Currently, Gilling owns and operates an Allstate Insurance brokerage.

Gilling is also passionate about the growing Jamaican Diaspora in the U.S. He is a former elected board member of the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board of the Western United States, serving in the capacity for seven consecutive years, from 2008-2015, and leading community activities such as advocating for Census responses in immigrant communities; fundraising for medical missions and helping to set up several past student’s alumni associations in the US. As part of the Diaspora Board, he partnered with USAID to raise a quarter of a million US dollars for a 5-week summer program, Camp Summer Plus, for low performing Grade 3 students. He also worked on the USAID funded Fi Wi Jamaica Gender-Based Violence, (GBV) prevention program, which implemented initiatives focused on awareness, intervention and economic empowerment opportunities for at-risk communities in Jamaica.

He also co-authored the Diaspora Task Force Playbook and Start-Up guide, a resource for the creation and management of task forces and a proven model for engagement of immigrant diasporas. The Playbook was featured at a conference in Washington, D.C. and highlighted as a best practice for the Caribbean Diaspora by the U.S. State Department.

The Miramar resident is also the founder of the Leo Gilling Media Group, (LGMG), which delivers music, interviews and programs to a global social media audience. In 2017, the combined views of LGMG videos exceeded one million. He is also a writer who is frequently published in local news outlets and a popular master of ceremonies at various local shows and community events.

Gilling is the recipient of numerous awards and citations for his work in community development and education. He has a degree in accounting and is the proud father of 4 children and a mentor to dozens of others.