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Activating organizations and networks to fight poverty.

Through our CATALYZE programs, we work collaboratively with our clients and partner organizations, breaking down silos of all shapes and sizes to activate coalitions and networks that share our vision of a THRIVING Miami. We believe that change happens through collective action. Join the movement!


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Imagine Miami

Imagine Miami is a community effort to connect people, organizations and businesses improving quality of life in Miami-Dade County. Through our Imagine Miami conferences, we connect people to ideas and tools for action, and build hope with true stories of people who are making a difference.

To learn more, contact Santiago Bunce at SantiagoB@catalystmiami.org or (786) 414-1305.

Social Justice Table

The Social Justice Table (SJT) is a network of organizations committed to working collaboratively to effect positive change in our communities. Through this initiative, we are building a stronger movement that yields greater results. The Social Justice Table convenes monthly at different locations.

To learn more, contact Camilo Mejía at CamiloM@catalystmiami.org or (786) 527-2575.

 Miami-Dade Oral Health Network (MDOHN)

The Miami-Dade Oral Health Network (MDOHN) is a network of key organizations and leaders within the county connected to issues of oral health and community engagement. Catalyst Miami has partnered with South Florida Voices for Working Families, Nova Southeastern University’s Dental Program, Community Health of South Florida, Inc., Florida New Majority, and representatives from the county’s Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade to develop a grassroots initiative aimed at understanding the current reality of oral health in Miami-Dade County. As we gain an understanding of the oral health needs in the community, we can begin to design potential solutions through policy changes, education, and program development.


The Miami-Dade Oral Health Network (MDOHN) is a community-centered grassroots initiative committed to improving oral health through education, assessment, policy/program development, and collaboration. MDOHN promotes cooperation, communication, and concerted action among community residents and organizations dedicated to eliminating oral health disparities.


  • Build a grassroots network that views oral health as a social justice and health equity issue.
  • Develop an awareness of the relationship between oral health and justice.
  • A shared understanding of the current oral health reality and disparities in Miami-Dade County.
  • Build alignment on the behavioral & cultural shifts necessary to positively impact oral health.
  • Develop strategies that yield policy and systems change to address existing disparities and inequalities.
  • Continuously set clear and attainable action steps for our grassroots work in oral health in Miami-Dade County.

Results Based Accountability Statement:

Miami-Dade County is aware of the importance of oral health as a matter of equity and takes action to ensure access and utilization.

Photo-voice Project:

Catalyst Miami’s efforts to change the public perception of oral health and the commitment to engage youth in systems change has partnered with Gang Alternative, Inc. to connect us to 3-5 of their high school students for a photo voice project on the social determinants to oral health. Students in return will receive knowledge on oral health as a social justice issue, as well as advocacy opportunities. Students will also receive service hours. Funding for this project was made available by the Youth Empowered Solutions in North Carolina.

To learn more, contact Santra Denis at santrad@catalystmiami.org or (786) 527-2576.


Miami Thrives: Community of Practice

Miami Thrives: Community of Practice is a challenge-centric learning experience designed to build the capacity of organizations engaged in place-based change-making initiatives. The program provides a mix of didactic learning (workshops, presentations) and peer-to-peer engagement oriented toward concrete action which leads to tangible results. Six place-based initiatives have been selected for the inaugural class.

To learn more, contact Santiago Bunce at SantiagoB@catalystmiami.org or (786) 414-1305.

We are not accepting applications at this time.

Climate Resilience Work

Miami-Dade County is known as one of the most climate-vulnerable places on the planet. As climate change intensifies, Miami-Dade County’s low-income populations are likely to be disproportionately burdened. Catalyst Miami’s climate resilience work builds grassroots climate leadership, supports innovative climate adaptation projects, and advocates for more meaningful community engagement in the development of local and regional climate policy.

Internal Programs:

CLEAR Miami (Community Leadership on the Environment, Advocacy, and Resilience)
CLEAR Miami Fellowship
Integrating climate resilience into existing human services work
Forming a climate resilience policy agenda

To learn more, contact Zelalem Adefris at ZelalemA@catalystmiami.org or (786) 414-1300.


Community Scholars in Affordable Housing

Community Scholars in Affordable Housing is an innovative program designed to familiarize emerging leaders and young professionals with best practices in community development and affordable housing policy and practice in the United States. This program was created in partnership with University of Miami Office of Civic Engagement and South Florida Community Development Coalition.

To learn more, contact Gretchen Beesing at GretchenB@catalystmiami.org or (786) 414-1300

We are not accepting applications at this time.


Tallahassee Days of Action

Catalyst Miami’s Tallahassee Days of Action is an annual constituent trip, where our leadership program participants and graduates, and our community partners, travel with us to Tallahassee to put their advocacy skills into practice. The trip takes place during the Florida Legislative Session, and coincides with the annual Miami Dade Days. Our participants meet with members of the Miami-Dade County delegation and their staffers, as well as other members of the Florida legislature to discuss the needs of their families and communities.

To learn more, contact Aidil Oscariz at AidilO@catalystmiami.org or (786) 414-1293.

Policy Advocacy

Catalyst Miami actively advocates for local, state, and national anti-poverty policies. In partnership with national organizations, such as the Center for American Progress and Corporation for Enterprise Development, we develop reports and tools that facilitate the engagement of residents and organizations in policy advocacy to build prosperity and justice in our communities.

2016 Legislative Agenda

At the Federal Level

We support making permanent improvements to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) that are set to expire in 2017. These tax credits increase employment, reduce welfare assistance, and have positive intergenerational impact.

At the State Level

Millions of Floridians are more likely to fall into a financial crisis if Florida does not close the healthcare coverage gap.

Research shows that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will lift households of two, three or four out of poverty.

Stronger regulations of payday loans can help families avoid predatory practices and harmful debt traps.

In Miami-Dade County

We recommend that elected officials, developers and community activists execute ambitious community benefit agreements that support access to strong jobs and equitable economic development.

We strongly recommend that elected officials consider strategies for offering Children’s Savings Accounts to all children in Miami-Dade County. When children have college savings, they are three times more likely to go to college and four times more likely to graduate with a degree than those students without savings.

Catalyst Miami Consulting

Catalyst Miami offers organizations the following consulting services: customized facilitation, advocacy training, leadership development, network and coalition building, organizational development, project management, and more.

We utilize a variety of frameworks in our consulting projects, including collective impact, results-based accountability (RBA), PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act), creative action design, the “Catalyst” model, and others depending on the scope and need of the project.

Given your needs, our expert consultants will develop a strategy that guarantees your goals are met. And to ensure the project is sustainable beyond our time together, we provide coaching along the way.

Currently, we are in the process of exploring the possibility of creating a pool of independent affiliate consultants who can be contracted for different projects and engagements throughout the county. If you are interested in becoming an affiliate consultant, please complete this form.

To learn more, visit our main Catalyst Consulting page,
or contact Santiago Bruce at SantiagoB@catalystmiami.org or (786) 414-1305.

Current and past clients include:

  • Health Foundation of South Florida
  • City of Miami Gardens – Healthy Communities Partnerships
  • Little Havana – Healthy Communities Partnerships
  • The Children’s Trust and The Children’s Movement of Florida
  • Emerging Transformational Leaders Program
  • Miami Dade College School of Business
  • Miami Dade County District 8
  • Miami Dade County District 9