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Tuyen Nguyen

Tuyen spent years increasing the capacity of individuals and organizations through critical and collaborative work. She has over 10 years of experience developing and managing services in mental health, hospitality, the beauty industry, and higher education. She is excited to transition back to the work she is most passionate about, building power to impact social … Continue reading Tuyen Nguyen

Nat De Jesus

Nat De Jesus joins Catalyst as Manager of Programs & Learning, where they lead the development and execution of high quality, compelling learning opportunities for Catalyst’s diverse and sophisticated membership base in the binational region. Nat is a San Diego native that is most familiar with District 8, having grown up in the Logan Heights … Continue reading Nat De Jesus

Kamaal Martin

Kamaal Martin is vice president of Programs and Initiatives at Catalyst, where he spearheads program design and transformative partnerships across sectors. Kamaal’s passions are arts & culture, community development, finance, improving our local food system and raising the quality of life throughout the San Diego/Tijuana region. Before founding San Diego-based social enterprise and consulting firm, … Continue reading Kamaal Martin

Megan Thomas

Megan serves as Catalyst’s president & CEO, providing strategic leadership and partnership to the entire Catalyst staff, board, members, and community partners. Megan oversees Catalyst’s facilitation of collaborative efforts among its funder members and other stakeholders; leads the production of philanthropy and impact investing skills-building and issue based learning; and spearheads Catalyst’s work related to … Continue reading Megan Thomas

Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller spearheads execution of Catalyst’s comprehensive fundraising plans, manages grants and contracts, supports member services work, and ensures the viability of organization-wide operations. She is also a key partner with Philanthropy California for state-wide resourcing needs. She brings to the role a decade of experience in advancement, finance, communications, strategy, and policy research in … Continue reading Ashley Miller

Melissa Leon

Melissa has been with Catalyst for more than five years and has occupied roles of growing responsibility. Melissa currently serves as our internal systems coordinator and provides indispensable administrative and operational support for all aspects of Catalyst’s work areas, including managing our website, event logistics, member communication, and critical meeting support. Melissa brings significant office … Continue reading Melissa Leon

Katie Janowiak

Katie spearheads communications and content strategy as well as learning and evaluation efforts at Catalyst. She works across issue areas to bring the stories of Catalyst work to life for our members, our partners, and our community. Katie brings more than a decade of philanthropy and communications experience to Catalyst. She formerly served as Director, … Continue reading Katie Janowiak

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