Meet the women and men who devote
their time and resources to strengthen
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Program Manager, Venture Cafe
Aileen Alon is currently the Program Manager for Venture Café Miami, where she curates programming and partnerships to strengthen connections, creativity, and collaborations between diverse innovators, entrepreneurs, and others seeking to create positive change in their communities. Aileen has also done consulting around cultural arts, creative placemaking, and organizational growth, having previously spent seven years leading the integration of the arts and culture into neighborhood revitalization strategies for the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation. A first-generation Asian-American, Aileen aims to help open doors for more people of color and women to establish leadership roles in creative fields. She is active on several boards and committees geared towards civic engagement, culture, innovation and leadership development.
Director, Citi Private Bank
Boris Espinoza develops and manages private banking relationships with ultra high net worth families in South Florida, advising clients across a broad spectrum of areas including investment management, capital markets, global banking, wealth and estate planning as well as diverse financing activities. Boris received his Bachelor of Science in Business from Stony Brook University and his MBA from University of Miami. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French and has lived in Miami since 2009.
Charles M. Auslander (CHAIR)
Partner, Crabtree & Auslander
Charles Auslander is a 30+ year experienced attorney who has engaged in appellate practice and trial support litigation during most of his legal career. He has also served as District Administrator of the Miami-Dade/Monroe District of the Department of Children & Families. More recently, he served as COO and CEO of The Children’s Trust. He has prevailed in a number of pro bono matters supporting children’s rights, including declaring the state’s gay adoption ban unconstitutional. Charles earned his law degree from George Washington University.
Principal and CEO, Commercial Realty Advisors & Investment Group
Born and raised in Richmond Heights in Miami, FL, Craig Emmanuel has been a prominent real estate professional since 1997. His commitment to civic engagement began in his youth as a Metro Miami Action Plan / Moss Plan Young Entrepreneur recipient and participant in Leadership South Dade. Craig serves as a MDEAT Board Trustee where he chairs the Affordable Housing Committee. His education includes the Florida Housing Finance Corporation’s Affordable Housing Catalyst Program, University of Miami’s Community Scholars in Affordable Housing, University of South Florida’s Community Real Estate Development Certificate Program, as well as being a graduate and facilitator of Step Up Miami. He is also a graduate of the PLTI facilitator training program.
Relationship Manager, VP, Commercial Real Estate, Amerant Bank
A 20-year banking veteran, Cristina currently serves as Vice President and Relationship Manager for Amerant Bank where she has worked for 13 years. At Amerant, she focuses on financing commercial real estate investments and development projects. Currently, she serves as Co-Chair of the CREW Miami Programs Committee and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Urban Land Institute. Cristina is also active with the Live Like Bella Foundation. She is a Florida native with an economics degree from William Smith College in upstate New York.
Damian D. Daley, Esq. (Vice Chair)
Managing Member, DLF Attorneys
An AV® Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Daley actively litigates in both the state and federal courts, representing clients in all areas of civil litigation including: products liability, professional liability, general liability, premises liability, and business and commercial litigation. Prior to founding DLF Attorneys, Damian was a partner in the Miami office of a prestigious statewide civil defense firm. Outside of the office, Damian devotes his time to various philanthropic pursuits including serving as a facilitator in Catalyst Miami’s Step Up Miami Program.
Daniel Tramel Stabile
Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP
Daniel is a Partner in the Miami office of the law firm Shutts & Bowen LLP, where is he a member of the Business Litigation and Financial Services Practice Groups. Daniel regularly represents clients across various industry sectors in complex civil litigation, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, and class action lawsuits. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
Gina Ciraldo Stabile (Past Chair)
CEO, CosMedical Technologies
Gina Ciraldo Stabile is CEO of CosMedical Technologies, a private label skin care company based in Davie, Florida. Prior to joining CosMedical, Gina was a trusts and estates associate at international law firms in New York City and Miami. Gina serves as the chair of the Development Committee and a member of the Finance and Executive Committees of the board of directors of Catalyst Miami. Gina received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. She lives in Miami Beach with her husband Daniel and her dog Rocco.
Giuseppe F. Mantica
VP, Private Banking Group, IBERIA Bank
A Miami-native, Giuseppe F. Mantica, is a VP in the Private Banking Group of IBERIABANK. Giuseppe has dedicated most of his 10 year Banking career to helping small and medium businesses achieve their financial goals. Over the past 5 years, he has concentrated in Commercial Lending mainly financing Commercial Real Estate to either house the operations of local businesses or for investment purposes. Giuseppe holds a BS in Finance from the University of Florida, a MBA from the Florida International University, and a Diploma from the Florida Bankers Association for his completion of the Florida School of Banking.
Jason Kaye (Treasurer)
Senior Vice President/Senior Relationship Manager, Bank of America Merrll Lynch
Jason Kaye is a Senior Vice President in the Community Development Banking Group at Bank of America. In this role, Jason provides financing for multifamily affordable housing throughout Florida. He began his career with the NYC Economic Development Corporation and worked on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “South Bronx Initiative” to redevelop and revitalize the South Bronx. Jason graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University. He also holds an M.R.P. from Cornell University with a focus on Economic Development and an M.S. in Real Estate Finance from NYU.
Director, Consumer Financial Services Compliance, Kaufman Rossin
Jennifer Newton received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and her law degree from Loyola University. While a law student, Ms. Newton clerked for Legal Services of Greater Miami, the Honorable Jerald P. Bagley (11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Circuit Court), Southern Legal Counsel, and the EEOC. After graduation from law school, Ms. Newton clerked for the Honorable George J. Larke, Jr. of the 32nd Judicial District Court of Louisiana and was an Associate at Shutts & Bowen LLP. She now works at Kaufman Rossin.
Marcus Braswell (Secretary)
Attorney, Sugarman & Susskind, P.A.
Marcus Braswell is a Florida native and lifelong resident. Born in Tampa and raised in Gainesville, Marcus has worked at Sugarman & Susskind in Miami since 1998. Marcus's practice is focused on litigation relating to multiemployer and municipal employee benefit plans and labor law. Marcus has served as a Catalyst Miami board member for more than six years. Marcus received his B.A. Degree from Duke University. He received his law degree, cum laude, from the Florida State University College of Law in the spring of 1998.
Community Activist, Community Action Agency
As a community activist, Marjorie York serves on more than 24 boards. She promotes public awareness, plans community events and is a strong advocate for individuals and families who are low-income, disabled, elderly or otherwise in need of assistance. She is a truly concerned person who accomplishes a lot on behalf of the community. In 2012, the School Board of Miami-Dade County commended Marjorie York for her exemplary advocacy for anyone in need of assistance and for her community service.
Mary Casey, Development Committee Chair
Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Mary Casey is a Managing Director of the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Miami. A senior banker with over 20 years of experience at J.P. Morgan, Mary leads a team of professionals to provide capital market, investment and wealth advisory services to families in South Florida. She began her career at the World Bank where she spent four years developing projects in Ecuador and Brazil. Mary holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College and a Master of Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She lives with her husband and two sons in Miami and presently serves on the board of the Thrive for Life Prison Project in New York City.