Head of Catalyst Miami Receives Award for Advocating Social Equity

The head of Catalyst Miami, which operates ReServe Miami, received an award for making distinguished contributions towards achieving fairness, justice and equity in government and communities.

Daniella S. Levine, founder and president of Catalyst Miami.

Daniella S. Levine, Founder, President and CEO of Catalyst Miami received the 10th Annual Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award at the annual American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) conference being held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The annual award recognizes lifetime achievement and efforts in the cause of social equity. The award is named for Gloria Hobson Nordin, a former inspector for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was also the plaintiff in Smith v. Adler, a landmark case in housing discrimination in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that any discrimination in housing is illegal regardless of the reason.

From a young age, Ms. Levine has worked to advocate and create projects that advance social equity. In 1996, she founded the Human Services Coalition (now Catalyst Miami) to improve health, education and economic opportunity for families and communities.

ReServe partnered with Catalyst Miami to operate ReServe Miami, which launched in fall 2011. Since then, ReServe Miami has placed 35 ReServists in service work at nonprofits and schools.  In addition to ReServe Miami, Ms. Levine oversees a number of innovate programs at Catalyst Miami including Public Allies, Parent Leadership Training Institute, Imagine Miami and the Nonprofit Leadership and Training Institute.

This year’s theme of the ASPA conference is “Redefining Public Service Through Civic Engagement,” which is discussing how to create critical partnerships among businesses, nonprofits, citizen groups and government agencies to tackle persistent social problems. Creating private-public collaborations has been work that Ms. Levine and ReServe have undertaken.

“We congratulate Daniella on receiving this award that recognizes her work in advocating social equity and connecting communities to vital resources,” said Mary S. Bleiberg, President of ReServe Inc. “We’re delighted to have her leadership of ReServe Miami.”

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