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.
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.
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.
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.
Joan Godoy, Manager
Joan manages our consulting arm, coaching, growing, and scaling social impact initiatives across a variety of sectors, while also running some of our community engagement projects, like the 10 Days of Connection. She is a powerful connector who is passionate about promoting and providing opportunities for minorities and under-resourced 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.
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.
Nicky Zarchen, Associate
Nicky sweats the details for each of our community engagement and policy initiatives, mobilizing thousands of locals and leaders to engage in strengthening our region. She is an academic and activist with experience in community based, service driven research and a passion for improving public well-being, especially for historically underserved communities. Before working with Radical Partners, Nicky supported multiple research and programmatic initiatives at Lotus House Women’s Shelter in Overtown, advocating to improve the lives of women and children experiencing homelessness. She enjoys learning equally from books and humans and finds purpose in educating and innovating away injustice, particularly in behalf of her transgender sisters. She’s a Netflix connoisseur, fierce tennis and volleyball player, and has an unhealthy obsession with fashion. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Gender & Queer Studies from Vassar College and was a visiting fellow at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University.
Katherine Leiva, Policy Fellow
Katherine is a fierce social innovator, a dedicated educator, and serves as the policy advisor fellow on our team. As a Miami native with big dreams for the 305, Katherine has spent the past seven years advocating for students as a teacher and leader in South Florida schools, with a particular focus on equity and social justice. A perpetual innovator, she has co-founded two companies in the last three years: her first venture is FitLit, a non-profit that blends fitness and literature for students, and her second is MetaMindset, an LLC that trains teachers, parents, and students on mindfulness, understanding the brain, and the importance of emotional intelligence. She has a Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University, claims Spanglish to be her first language, is a twitter aficionado, and is our resident storyteller.
David Barbier, Intern
David is our powerhouse student intern, bringing his talent, perspective, and support to our entire team. He serves as Student Body President for his school, takes five AP courses, and brings down the house as the Great Gatsby himself. This past summer he had the once in a lifetime opportunity to travel abroad to Ghana with the Nyah Project. This fellowship instilled in him what it means to be a global leader and thinker. When the days events come to a close, David likes to kick back and watch an episode or two of his favorite tv show.
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.