JIS News

South Florida attorney-at-law, Marlon Hill, was recently elected to the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board to represent the Southern United States of America (USA).
Mr. Hill was one of seven Board members appointed at the second biennial National Diaspora conference held in Kingston in June, at which some 500 delegates from the United Kingdom, Canada, United States of America, the Caribbean, Central America and Africa convened for a series of panel discussions and dialogue on issues of interest to Jamaica and its Diaspora.
The appointment of the seven-member Board was one of the highlights of the two-day summit from June 16-17.
The Board members were elected by their peers at the conference, and are drawn from the major overseas communities where there are large Jamaican populations. The other members are: Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams and Philip Mascoll from Canada; Paulette Simpson and Travis Johnson from the United Kingdom;Dr Harold Mignott and Valerie Beckley, representing the Northeast USA and Midwest USA, respectively.
Members will serve for two years until the next biennial conference scheduled for June 2008. They will meet with Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Delano Franklin, twice per year to review progress in the implementation of policies and programmes for the mutual benefit of Jamaicans at home and abroad. Senator Franklyn has responsibility for matters relating to the Diaspora in the Ministry.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Mr. Hill was educated at St. George’s College and Florida International University. He is a founding partner and corporate partner with Delancyhill, P.A. in South Florida.
In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Hill spoke of his commitment to serve his community, noting that the Diaspora Movement was moving in a positive direction. “Our potential is unbounded,” he emphasized.
Mr. Hill said he was pleased to be able to serve in a capacity that would help to transform communities in the diaspora.
His involvement in the South Florida community has earned him the recognition by several regional and local publications as one of the “outstanding members of the emerging generation of South Florida business and professional leaders”.
He is currently a member of the St. George’s College Alumni Florida chapter and was President of the Caribbean Bar Association in 2003.