Team Members

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey   , 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 70 social-impact ventures. Rebecca is an advocate for educational equity, and is the youngest person to serve a on the Florida Board of Education. Before starting Radical Partners she was Executive Director at Teach For America. She's a mother of two little boys, a closet musician, and has horrible taste in movies.

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, 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 70 social-impact ventures. Rebecca is an advocate for educational equity, and is the youngest person to serve a on the Florida Board of Education. Before starting Radical Partners she was Executive Director at Teach For America. She's a mother of two little boys, 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. 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.

 
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 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, 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.

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. 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, 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.

 
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.

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.

Arohi Bhatt   , Civic Impact Fellow   Arohi is our team's inaugural Civic Impact Fellow. She brings experience in non-profit operations, a fantastic eye for design, and a wicked sense of humor. When she's not with us, she is serving as Manager of Development Operations at Teach For America and immersing herself in the social impact ecosystem of our region. She fell in love with this work while serving as an ambassador for the Fulbright Seminar on Social Entrepreneurship for Afghani graduate students, which led her to obtain her Economics and International Development degrees at Miami University (the one in Ohio). She is deeply passionate about women's leadership, art & design, travel, organizational development, and cultivating joy at work.

Arohi Bhatt, Civic Impact Fellow

Arohi is our team's inaugural Civic Impact Fellow. She brings experience in non-profit operations, a fantastic eye for design, and a wicked sense of humor. When she's not with us, she is serving as Manager of Development Operations at Teach For America and immersing herself in the social impact ecosystem of our region. She fell in love with this work while serving as an ambassador for the Fulbright Seminar on Social Entrepreneurship for Afghani graduate students, which led her to obtain her Economics and International Development degrees at Miami University (the one in Ohio). She is deeply passionate about women's leadership, art & design, travel, organizational development, and cultivating joy at work.

 
 

Accelerator Coaches and Experts (Bootcamp and Leadership Lab)

Advisors and Board Members