Team Members

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey   , CEO   RFL founded Radical Partners to accelerate social impact innovation in South Florida. Over the last six years, Radical Partners has helped scale over 100 social impact ventures, and engage more than 100,000 locals in social impact issues that matter to the future of the region. A serial innovator herself, Rebecca has created and grown a variety of community-strengthening ventures from 100 Great Ideas to the $1,000,000 Music Access Fellowship. An advocate for educational equity, Rebecca has served a 4-year term on the Florida Board of Education, and is the former Executive Director of Teach For America in Miami. She has a Masters in Education, she's a mother of two, and she has admittedly horrible taste in movies.

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, CEO

RFL founded Radical Partners to accelerate social impact innovation in South Florida. Over the last six years, Radical Partners has helped scale over 100 social impact ventures, and engage more than 100,000 locals in social impact issues that matter to the future of the region. A serial innovator herself, Rebecca has created and grown a variety of community-strengthening ventures from 100 Great Ideas to the $1,000,000 Music Access Fellowship. An advocate for educational equity, Rebecca has served a 4-year term on the Florida Board of Education, and is the former Executive Director of Teach For America in Miami. She has a Masters in Education, she's a mother of two, and she has admittedly horrible taste in movies.

Sarah Emmons   , Managing Director   Sarah leads our policy and impact work and oversees our massive community engagements. As a proud policy and data nerd, 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. 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 on the board of Miami’s Next Leaders, has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, and parents a very lazy French Bulldog named Lucy.

Sarah Emmons, Managing Director

Sarah leads our policy and impact work and oversees our massive community engagements. As a proud policy and data nerd, 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. 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 on the board of Miami’s Next Leaders, has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, and parents a very lazy French Bulldog named Lucy.

Alia Mahmoud   , Director of Leadership Development   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 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.

Alia Mahmoud, Director of Leadership Development

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 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   , Strategy & Impact Manager   Joan manages our consulting arm, coaching, growing, and scaling social impact initiatives across a variety of sectors, while also running two of our projects: the  10 Days of Connection  and the  Music Access Fellowship . She is a powerful connector who is passionate about equity, getting the best out of people, and promoting opportunities for under-resourced groups through uplifting experiences and intercultural exchanges. She is a Clinical Psychologist with a Master of Arts in International Non-Governmental Organizations in the Netherlands, and a very proud Guatemalan. We are lucky to bring her 10 years of experience in social change 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.

Joan Godoy, Strategy & Impact Manager

Joan manages our consulting arm, coaching, growing, and scaling social impact initiatives across a variety of sectors, while also running two of our projects: the 10 Days of Connection and the Music Access Fellowship. She is a powerful connector who is passionate about equity, getting the best out of people, and promoting opportunities for under-resourced groups through uplifting experiences and intercultural exchanges. She is a Clinical Psychologist with a Master of Arts in International Non-Governmental Organizations in the Netherlands, and a very proud Guatemalan. We are lucky to bring her 10 years of experience in social change 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.

Katherine Leiva   , Program Manager   Katherine is a fierce social innovator, an educator at heart, and manages a variety of community initiatives 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.

Katherine Leiva, Program Manager

Katherine is a fierce social innovator, an educator at heart, and manages a variety of community initiatives 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.

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.

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, leadership development, and policy initiatives, mobilizing thousands of locals and leaders to engage in strengthening our region. Before working with Radical Partners, Nicky supported multiple initiatives at Lotus House Women’s Shelter, advocating to improve the lives of women and children experiencing homelessness. She enjoys learning from books and humans and finds purpose in educating and innovating away injustice. 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.

Nicky Zarchen, Associate

Nicky sweats the details for each of our community engagement, leadership development, and policy initiatives, mobilizing thousands of locals and leaders to engage in strengthening our region. Before working with Radical Partners, Nicky supported multiple initiatives at Lotus House Women’s Shelter, advocating to improve the lives of women and children experiencing homelessness. She enjoys learning from books and humans and finds purpose in educating and innovating away injustice. 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.

Jennifer Heslop   , Leadership Support   Jennifer is a leadership coach for all four of our accelerator programs: Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Leadership Lab, the Music Access Fellowship, and our 100 Great Ideas Incubator. Our resident renaissance woman, Jennifer has been a singer, video producer, publicist, published writer, creative director, stage manager, and she’s just getting started! She is the proud mummy of a fiery little girl named Justice, the founder of motivateArt, a creative consulting agency, and a recent transplant from NYC with extensive experience working in the non profit sector of the arts, culture, and entertainment industry. Before working with Radical Partners, Jennifer worked as Managing Director with Museum of Impact, the world's first mobile social justice museum. She’s as hilarious as she is serious, and she brings out the best in everyone around her.

Jennifer Heslop, Leadership Support

Jennifer is a leadership coach for all four of our accelerator programs: Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Leadership Lab, the Music Access Fellowship, and our 100 Great Ideas Incubator. Our resident renaissance woman, Jennifer has been a singer, video producer, publicist, published writer, creative director, stage manager, and she’s just getting started! She is the proud mummy of a fiery little girl named Justice, the founder of motivateArt, a creative consulting agency, and a recent transplant from NYC with extensive experience working in the non profit sector of the arts, culture, and entertainment industry. Before working with Radical Partners, Jennifer worked as Managing Director with Museum of Impact, the world's first mobile social justice museum. She’s as hilarious as she is serious, and she brings out the best in everyone around her.



Stacy Liu   , Community and Social Change Fellow   Stacy originally moved to Miami in pursuit of new adventures, new foods, and idealistic new friends with City Year - she ended up sticking around for a few years. When she's not working on her practicum at Radical Partners, she is at United Way of Miami-Dade building relationships, leading events, and engaging volunteers in service. Stacy feels most impactful when she's collaborating with those who are working towards an inclusive and resilient tomorrow. She studied at the University of California, Davis and the University of Edinburgh, and today she's at the University of Miami pursuing her Master's in Community and Social Change. Her bookshelf is filled with science fiction, her kitchen is filled with herbs and spices, and her Netflix queue is filled with globetrotting documentaries.

Stacy Liu, Community and Social Change Fellow

Stacy originally moved to Miami in pursuit of new adventures, new foods, and idealistic new friends with City Year - she ended up sticking around for a few years. When she's not working on her practicum at Radical Partners, she is at United Way of Miami-Dade building relationships, leading events, and engaging volunteers in service. Stacy feels most impactful when she's collaborating with those who are working towards an inclusive and resilient tomorrow. She studied at the University of California, Davis and the University of Edinburgh, and today she's at the University of Miami pursuing her Master's in Community and Social Change. Her bookshelf is filled with science fiction, her kitchen is filled with herbs and spices, and her Netflix queue is filled with globetrotting documentaries.

 
 

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