Who We Are

Our Structure

As a coalition of organizations and individuals working to prioritize climate justice, mitigation, sustainability, and resilience in South Florida, the Miami Climate Alliance promotes a community that supports the well-being and prospects of all its current and future members.

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, and coordinating internal communication and collaboration within the MCA network. The Steering Committee also helps to convene alliance members and the broader environmental justice community around our equity job.
 
CO- CHAIRS: Trenise Bryant (Miami Workers Center),  Zelalem Adefris (Catalyst Miami)

COMMITTEE:
Dr. Kilan Bishop
Emily Gorman (Sierra Club)
David McDougal
Melissa Tavares (Florida Immigrant Coalition)
Gabriela Noa Betancourt (UniteHere 355)
Mayra Cruz 
Shawn Wilbourne
Zachariah Cosner (FL Conservation Voters)
Erik Ofengand (350SFL)
Joanne Perodin (Florida Rising)
 

Standing Committees

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: Ricardo Junquera and John O'Brien
 
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: Travis Gardner & Trenise Bryant 
 
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: Alexander Zastera

Development Committee
 
Provides financial oversight and will work with the newly forming advisory committee to identify and pursue funding opportunities. Chair: David McDougal

Working Groups

Clean Energy Working Group

MCA and partners co-lead a campaign pushing for the adoption of renewable energy solutions for low-income and working class Miamians; includes advocacy for weatherization jobs programs, access to solar power, and using modern energy technology to increase disaster resilience for Miami’s underserved communities.

When: Mondays at 4 pm
LEADS: MacKenzie Marcelin (Florida Rising) and Natalia Brown (Catalyst Miami)
To join email: miamiclimatealliance@gmail.com

Resilient Miami Working Group

MCA and partners co-lead a campaign to increase accountability and community input regarding government funding for development and infrastructure projects in Miami; includes advocacy for prioritizing low-income and working class communities’ needs and voices within climate resilience adaptation efforts.

Housing Justice in the Face of Climate Change

When: Every other Tuesday - 5PM-6PM
LEADS: Zelalem Adefris (Catalyst Miami), Teresa Pinto and Erik Ofengand (350 SFL)
To join email: miamiclimatealliance@gmail.com

Disaster Resilience Working Group

MCA and partners co-lead a campaign to build/support neighborhood level leadership in preparing communities for extreme weather events and to increase equity, accountability, and community input within ALL government emergency planning/management efforts; builds on MCA’s co-led Serious Games and Community Emergency Operations Center programs.

2021 Goals:
Bring new partners to the space | Apply for grants | Secure Disaster Related Training | Push for campaigns on language access

When: Every other Thursday at 4pm
To join email: miamiclimatealliance@gmail.com

Climate & Health Working Group

The MCA Climate & Health Working Group comes together to solve issues on the intersections of the climate crisis and health justice, including the disparate impacts of extreme heat.

When: First Tuesday of the month (4PM-5PM)
LEAD: Zelalem Adefris (Catalyst Miami)
To join email: miamiclimatealliance@gmail.com

Miami's Frontlines Against Our Climate Crisis.

The Miami Climate Alliance is a 501(c)(3) entity and does not endorse political candidates.
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