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Meet Our Team

At Catalyst Miami, we believe in both internal and external collaboration. Each member of our team plays a key role in helping us achieve our mission of building a more just and equitable Miami in which all communities thrive.

Senior Leadership Team

Zelalem Adefris


Chief Executive Officer

Zelalem Adefris is the CEO of Catalyst Miami. Before being...
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Brian Larson


Chief Financial Officer

Brian serves as the CFO for Catalyst Miami. He is...
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Nina Thompkins


Chief Operating Officer

Nina Thompkins is the Chief Operating Officer at Catalyst Miami,...
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Ahmed Mori


Vice President of Community Economic Development

As Vice President of Community Economic Development, Ahmed oversees worker...
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Natalie Castellanos


Vice President of Advocacy and Services

Natalie Castellanos leads Catalyst Miami’s health and wealth-building services and...
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Rachel Prestipino


Vice President of Policy and Community Engagement

Rachel Prestipino (she/her) is the Vice President of Policy and Community...
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Aidil Oscariz

Community Engagement & Policy Consultant

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Chris Piña

Senior Director of Community Ownership

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Destini Smith


Director of Popular Education and Grassroots Leadership

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Nicole Crooks

Community Engagement Manager for Overtown

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Mary Casey (Chair)

Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Mary Casey is a Managing Director of the J.P. Morgan...
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Korene Stuart (Secretary)

Tech Lead, Black Girls Code

Korene Stuart is  the founder of Opportunity Curator, an agency...
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Charmel Maynard (Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair)

Chief Investments Officer, University Treasurer

Charmel Maynard currently serves as Associate Vice President, Chief Investment...
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Joaquin Dulitzky (Development Committee Chair)

Senior Advisor, AllianceBernstein

Joaquin Dulitzky is an economist, originally from Argentina. Family governance...
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Melanie Garman

Community Development Compliance Manager, TD Bank

Melanie Garman recently joined TD Bank as Community Development Compliance Manager,...
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Abel Montero Gomez

Vice president for Chase Business Banking, J.P. Morgan Chase

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Bereatha Howard

Climate Equity Program Coordinator, The CLEO Institute

Bereatha was born and raised in Overtown, Miami, Florida. She...
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Jason Katz

Publisher, Islandia Journal

Jason Katz is a writer, editor, and publisher born and...
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Daniella Pierre

Miami Dade College

Daniella Pierre is a social justice engineer and servant leader....
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Gina Ciraldo Stabile

CEO, Dr. Loretta

Gina Ciraldo Stabile is CEO of Dr. Loretta Skincare and...
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Marjorie York

Community Activist

As a community activist, Marjorie York serves on more than...
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