Rebecca Fishman Lipsey: Spearheads Miami Foundation’s focus on community needs
The Miami Foundation is a $350 million nonprofit that acts as an accelerator for other nonprofits. It unites them, along with elected and civic leaders and Miamians, to synchronize efforts toward tackling some of the area’s biggest challenges.
That’s not new to Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, the foundation’s new president and CEO. She founded Radical Partners, a social impact accelerator that’s helped dozens of nonprofits get off to a flying start.
Her career kicked off as a fourth-grade teacher in Harlem, through Teach For America. That became the foundation of her career, she says, when she saw her students reading at a first-grade level. She asked, “How was it possible we have failed kids this deeply?”
She went on to be executive director of Teach For America in Miami and has been the youngest person to serve on the Florida Board of Education.
“I really love bringing people together who otherwise would not have found their way to each other and to see what they do, the magic that’s created when they collide,” she said.
Mrs. Fishman Lipsey spoke on a videocall with Miami Today Reporter Gabriel Poblete.
To read the full article and the rest of the Miami Today issue, subscribe to e-MIAMI TODAY, an exact replica of the printed edition.