Gretchen Beesing joined Catalyst Miami in 2007, directing civic leadership and advocacy programs for more than five years. She became CEO in 2013. A visionary leader, Gretchen’s integration of Catalyst’s services into a solid program suite based on an effective and empowering financial coaching platform, offers asset-building strategies at each stage in our clients’ journey to prosperity.
She effectively transitioned Catalyst from a financial literacy provider to a financial capability thought leader, as evidenced by our many national partnerships and demonstration products, including MAF’s Lending Circles and a savings program for the unbanked. Other accomplishments include conceiving and piloting our Miami Thrives executive leadership program for community development practitioners, the first in South Florida, in partnership with the University of Miami and the South Florida Community Development Coalition. Under Gretchen’s leadership, Catalyst hosted Miami’s first Anti-Poverty Summit, attended by more than 200 service providers, activists and Miami-Dade County officials.
Gretchen serves on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Community Development Coalition and was a founding board member of the Community Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida. She participates on the National Human Services Assembly’s Advisory Council on Financial Stability, JPMorgan Chase’s Community Advisory Board (Florida), the Florida Policy Institute’s Community Advisory Board, Greater Miami and the Beaches’ 100 Resilient Cities Steering Committee, the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade’s Community Advisory Council, and the University of Miami’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement Task Force. Gretchen was a 2015 American Express NGEN Fellow and is an alumnus of the Federal Reserve Board’s Community Leaders Forum.
Gretchen is a licensed clinical social worker and has several years of experience as a psychotherapist. She has worked with youth and adults, specializing in trauma therapy. In Miami, Gretchen worked at Care Resource, providing counseling to people living with HIV and AIDS. She received her MSW from New York University and her BA from Kalamazoo College.