MCA Structure

As vehicles for coordinating shared work across our 80+ member organizations, these working groups and committees (with leadership from our neighborhoods) are able to respond quickly to pressing issues by leveraging our expansive network of diverse organizations and volunteers. Furthermore, to guide the strategic vision of the MCA, an Advisory Board is being proposed.

Advisory Board (being formed)

The Advisory Board provides guidance on key issues such as policy and objectives, strategic planning, development and funding, marketing and communications strategy, and budget.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is focused on the implementation of strategic objectives,, providing momentum for targeted goals, supporting the work of working groups and committees, coordinating internal communication and collaboration within the MCA network, maintaining our contact list, and managing the MCA’s social media presence.

The MCA Steering Committee also helps to convene alliance members and the broader environmental justice community around our equity agenda.

  • Zelalem Adefris, Catalyst Miami
  • Andrea Cuccaro, Food & Water Watch
  • Maggie Fernandez, Sustainable Miami
  • Salome Garcia, OCEANA/ 350 South Florida
  • Tomas Kennedy, Florida Immigrant Coalition
  • Adrian Madriz, SMASH
  • David McDougal, New Florida Majority (Treasurer)
    Eleazar Melendez, Communications Consultant
  • Rebecca Pelham, Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy, Miami Dade College (Chair)
    Bruce Stanley, Emerge Miami
    Melissa Tavares, Sachamama / FLIC


Legislative Committee: The MCA Legislative Committee provides vital information, study, expertise, and perspectives to federal, state, and local MCA priority policy and issue areas.

Chair  — Maggie Fernandez, Sustainable Miami

Outreach/Membership Committee: The MCA Outreach Committee is focused on growing our movement through high-traffic-event canvassing, flood-zone door-to-door canvassing, speaking at MCA member organization events (to increase buy-in within MCA network), and speaking at non-MCA organization events, including city council and commission meetings, educational organizations, and intersectional social justice gatherings.

Chair — Salome Garcia, OCEANA/ 350 South Florida

Communications Committee: The MCA Communications Committee works together to design, execute, evaluate and improve our communications strategy, including both strengthening the communications infrastructure within the alliance and driving our outreach to key constituencies and decision-makers.

Chair — Melissa Taveras, Sachamama/FLIC

Admin/Finance Committee:  The MCA Admin/Finance Committee provides financial oversight and will work with the newly forming advisory committee to identify and pursue funding opportunities.

Chair — David McDougal, New Florida Majority

Working Groups

Miami-Dade County faces numerous obstacles in protecting our residents from the imminent threats of climate change, particularly in our most vulnerable communities. First, there is a lack of political will to pay for the high-cost projects required to adequately protect our communities from intense heat, storms and flooding, and their associated health impacts. Second, Florida Power & Light (FPL), the only company legally allowed to give Miamians electricity, spends millions in political contributions every year to advance their business interests and oppose renewable energy expansion. Lastly, as reminded recently by Hurricane Irma, systemic and institutional gaps exist in local government resilience and emergency response planning which do not address the needs of already struggling communities.

Working groups are created on an as-needed basis to address and organize around pressing and timely issues.

● Clean Energy Working Group — Zelalem Adefris, Catalyst Miami

● Mondays at 5:30 pm

● Resilient Miami Working Group — Maggie Fernandez, Sustainable Miami

Tuesdays at 5:30 pm

● Disaster Resilience Working Group — David McDougal , New Florida Majority

Wednesdays at 5:30 pm

● Fracking Working Group — Bruce

● Clean Water – Salome Garcia