Shaheewa T. Jarrett Gelin, Esq.
Shaheewa Jarrett Gelin serves as the General Counsel and Vice President of Compliance for the Gelin Benefits Group, LLC, an insurance brokerage and advisory company. In this capacity, she provides legal advice and ensures compliance with federal and state health care laws. In addition, she worked as a federal litigator for seventeen years. In the wake of the Buy Black and Bank Black movements, Shaheewa founded Buy Black Broward in 2016, a business digital marketing platform for consumers who want to support, start, grow, or learn about black owned businesses in Broward County, Florida. In 2017, she incorporated the Broward County Black Chamber of Commerce because she understood that the community needed more than just a directory. Broward County also needed an advocate for the small, black business owner. The Chamber officially launched in August of 2018, currently has over 10 members and is quickly growing. The Chamber is focused on access to capital, advocacy, connecting its members to decision makers in the public and private sectors, and educating its members and the community about the value of certifications. The Chamber is determined to expand the profit margins of black businesses in the area, with an aggressive and innovative agenda.
Shaheewa has been honored for her hard work and dedication. In 2009, Shaheewa was recognized by Success South Florida Magazine’s 40 under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow. In November of 2013, she was honored as a “Rising Star” by ICABA. In March 2015, the Broward County Women’s History Coalition presented her with the 2015 Rising Star Award at their annual Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon. In 2018, she was honored as one of South
Florida’s Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business and Industry” by Legacy Magazine. This year in May, she was recognized by Legacy South Florida as one of “South Florida’s Most Powerful and Influential Black Business Leaders of 2019.”
Shaheewa graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law. In 2009, she received a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. Shaheewa is married and has one son.