we love miami for a living.
We're a group of troublemakers committed to meaningfully impacting our city. And we have a lot of fun doing it.
Sarah Emmons, Managing Director
Sarah leads our policy and impact work, and oversees our massive community engagements. She grounds our team in issues that matter to the future of our city, with an explicit focus on increasing equity and ensuring opportunity for all people. She is a proud data and outcomes maniac. Before joining Radical Partners, Sarah was a Research Manager at the University of Chicago's Crime Lab, a Mayoral Fellow in the Chicago Mayor's Office, and a high school math teacher and Teach For America corps member. She's the Chair of the Board of Directors for P.S. 305, a member of New Leaders Council in Miami, has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, and parents a very lazy French Bulldog named Lucy.
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, Founder & CEO
RFL founded Radical Partners to accelerate social impact innovation in South Florida. She cooked up a few social innovations of her own (30 Days of Change, 100 Great Ideas, Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp) and began coaching and supporting top local innovators to scale their impact. Over the past four years, Radical Partners has helped scale and launch over 50 social-impact ventures. Rebecca just completed serving a 4 year term on the Florida Board of Education. Before starting Radical Partners she was Executive Director at Teach For America. She's a mom, a closet musician, and has horrible taste in movies.
Alia Mahmoud, Director
Alia runs our Leadership Development arm, including initiatives like our Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Leadership Lab, and our coaching work with local change-makers, philanthropists, and innovators. She's all about helping leaders achieve their greatest potential, and she's a powerful connector and advisor. Before joining Radical Partners, Alia worked at a local tech startup, Kairos, and led Microsoft's corporate citizenship work in 7 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. She is also a co-founder of Aminta Ventures – a coalition of women working to cultivate the next generation of female angel investors in South Florida. She has a M.S. in International Business and Economic Development from New York University and speaks 3 languages.
Andreina Weichselbaumer, Associate
Andreina is the backbone of the Radical Partners team, supporting all projects and initiatives with creative and open minded solutions. She is a multilingual intercultural specialist with experience in cultural science research and project management in global collaborations. She enjoys learning from the challenges of new environments and puts loving effort into conflict resolution and equal opportunities for misrepresented communities. Before working with Radical Partners, Andreina lived in Germany to work on her Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication and European Studies and coordinated international social work projects for refugees in Germany and in Greece. She’s a jigsaw puzzle junkie, loves adventures and gardening, and is pretty great at crafts.
Joan manages our consulting arm, growing and scaling social impact organizations across a variety of sectors. She is a powerful connector who is passionate about promoting and providing opportunities, especially for minorities and disadvantaged groups through empowerment experiences and intercultural exchanges. She is a Clinical Psychologist with a Masters of Arts in International Non-Governmental Organizations in the Netherlands, and a very proud and cheerful Guatemalan. We are lucky to bring her 10 years of experience in social development all over 5 countries to help strengthen the social impact sector, as a collective, in our beloved and diverse South Florida. To top it all off, she is a dancer, a runner, an avid yogi, and a frequent traveler with her life partner.
Tiffany Brave, Policy Advisor
Tiffany is the fuel behind our policy and engagement work. She is an alumna of both Teach For America and City Year, where she served at her own alma mater, North Miami Senior High. She teaches Algebra 1, sits on the inaugural board for the Miami-Dade Collective, and recently completed an 8-week fellowship with the Georgia Office of Student Achievement. She's a Miami native, a podcast lover, has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Florida A & M University, and is completing a Masters in Education at John Hopkins University.
The heart of our accelerator is the 50 social impact organizations that we have invested in as part of Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and Leadership Lab. In order to offer intensive and targeted support to the founders and leaders of the organizations we work with, we have assembled a team of outstanding coaches who have expertise in a variety of areas that matter most to growing social impact ventures. Fundraising, audience development, partnership creation, intersectionality, branding, leadership development, and strategic planning.
We may or may not have been solving an important local issue at this very moment.
We promise, we get work done too.