Neighbors to Leaders

A coalition of grassroots leaders creating change from the ground up.

From housing and health inequities to being the international ground zero for the climate crisis, Miami faces challenges that can only be solved through innovative thinking and community voices leading the way. That’s why we train residents on key issues that impact our communities, as they change the world around them from the ground up. Meet some of the grassroots leaders who have participated in our climate, housing and health justice trainings.

Meet the Grassroots Leaders

Leslie Elus
A brotherhood built on community service transforms South Dade.
Regina Silas
Honoring her family’s legacy of community investment
Rekiya Overstreet
This Ohio transplant breaks down climate education for her community, making activism accessible and interconnected.
Michael Clarkson
Konscious Kontractors co-founder leads efforts on the ground for climate and community resilience.
Keith Preciados
A strong community advocate with a passion for listening, learning, and taking action.
Cortes Maria Lewis
A community nurse turned powerhouse advocate.
Lauren Johnson
A high school teacher who provided climate education for 150+ teens.
Estela WindWalker
Former teacher and chef-nutritionist educates community members on plant-based eating.
Valamere Mikler
Paving the way for a greener future with women in tech at the helm.
Alexina Prather
The co-founder of Garbage to Gold, an innovative solution to reducing food waste by converting it into nutrient-rich soil.
Ana Jaramillo
An inspiring, college-bound advocate for the environment and education.
TKH Renee McCoy
A lifelong Miami resident gives back to the community that influenced the woman she is today.