About Connect Miami

About Connect Miami 2018-03-07T17:21:02+00:00

In late 2016, leaders from five Miami organizations heard locals expressing a need for stronger relationships, deeper understanding, widespread kindness, and increased empathy.

Roberta Shevin (MCCJ), Nancy Ancrum (Miami Herald), Stephanie Sylvestre (The Children’s Trust), Rebecca Mandelman and Matthew Beatty (The Miami Foundation), and Claudia Grillo and Tammy Klingler (United Way of Miami-Dade) came together and decided to take action. With support from Radical Partners, they dreamed up Connect Miami, a community-led initiative focused on building empathy, kindness, and connection across lines of difference. The kickoff for this community-wide initiative was the “10 Days of Connection,” a challenge to everyone in Miami-Dade to build meaningful relationships across lines of difference.

This year, the initiative will take place from May 1 to May 10th, both in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

The Founders

Stephanie Sylvestre, CPO/CIO

Roberta Shevin, Executive Director

Rebecca Mandelman, Vice-President for Strategy and Engagement
Matthew Beatty, Director of Communications

Nancy Ancrum, Editor, Editorial Page

Claudia Grillo, Chief Operations Officer & Tammy Klingler, Chief Strategy Officer

The Creator & Producer

Radical Partners is a social impact accelerator tackling issues that matter to the future of Miami by rallying the community to meaningfully engage in solutions and by supporting outstanding leaders who are strengthening the city. Initiatives include Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, 100 Great Ideas, and Public Transit Day.


Never before have we seen so many organizations come together to promote kindness and inclusiveness. Take a look at these amazing members of our Host Committee: