“Recognizing that there is leadership in every community”

Program Overview

Connect with other local leaders to co-create innovative responses to community inequities. The Community Catalysts program convenes a diverse cross-section of rising and established leaders to engage in community-based design challenges.

Stay tuned for more opportunities on joining the program in 2021!

Our Goal

Our goal is to connect and develop rising community leaders to co-create equitable outcomes in their city. To challenge and change systems and institutions of power to be more equitable through strategic project based work. And to build a financially sustainable model that could be replicable in any city.

Over a multi-session cohort experience, catalysts will:

Complete a full Equity-Centered Design challenge

Understand how to use tools such as empathy listening, rapid prototyping, and testing

Apply your learning through strategic project-based work in real-time

Community of Catalysts

Adam Weiler

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Designer, Educator, Social Entrepreneur, Process Facilitator, System Thinker

Adrian Butler

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DJ, Musician, Artist

Alexandria Polk-Lewis

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Public Administration, Human Resources, and Grassroots Engagement

Alisha Cowell

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Program Coordination and Management, Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Emotional Wellness, Student Affairs, and Health

Amelea Pegman

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Anissa Eddie

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Strategic Thinker, Bridge Builder, Social Entrepreneur, Justice Seeker

Benjamin Oliver

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Collective Impact, Education Equity, Community Advocacy

Brandy Arnold

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Racial equity work, Writing, Communications, Youth development

Carlos Estrada

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Creative Direction, Information Design, Diversity + Inclusion, Social Media Enthusiast, Public Speaking

Carolina Lopez-Ruiz

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Youth Development, Project Management, Program Planning, Photography

Christina Downs

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Storytelling, Problem Solving, Brand Strategy, Public Speaking

Daniel Williams

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Public Educator and Administrator, Workforce Developer, Equity Advocate, Process Facilitator

Gabriel Audu

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Greg Mutch

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Leadership Development, Coaching, Co-Creator and Facilitator, Mindfulness

Jamon Alexander

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Workforce Development, Philanthropy, Leadership

Josh Kehrer

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Facilitation, Business Strategy, Innovation, Communication, Brand Development

Joyce Williams

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Child and Family Services, Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, Psychology, Sociology, and Mental health

Katie Hunter

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Project Manager, Copywriter, User Researcher, Experience Designer, Philosopher

Kirk Eklund

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Public Speaker, Content Developer, Process Facilitator, Disruptor

Kristina Donaldson

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Kyle Lim

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Race Theory, Program Development, Advocacy, 麻婆豆腐/Mapo Tofu

Leanne Rhoads

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Project Management, Program Development, Strategic Planning

Loic Dimithe

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Matthew Russell

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Journalist, Data analyst, Vegan baker,and Inventor

Natasha Alvarez

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Ryan Kilpatrick

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Certified Economic Development Finance Professional and Certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners. Masters Degree in Design Thinking from KCAD

Shavon Doyle-Holton

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Research, Writing/Editing, Design & Innovation Management, Project Management, Facilitation

Sung Yi

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UX Designer, Product Designer, Fine Artist

Tiffany DeMeyers

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Human Resources + Marketing Worldchanger, Creative Strategist, Operational Expert

Trina Poston

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Trudy Ngo-Brown

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Idea Synthesizer, Process Improvement Seeker, Youth Developer, Food Enthusiast