We live in a global society. From our economies to our health to our environment, we are all connected. And though most people want to make the world a better, safer, more nurturing place, we need inspiration to awaken our own hero inside – and act.

That’s the realization that motivated Joseph Deitch to create the Elevate Prize.

We’re here to empower passionate purpose-driven leaders, innovators and activists, and dramatically amplify their impact – not only through financial support, but by building powerful platforms that resonate around the world.

By amplifying the impact of these heroes, we believe we can ignite a chain reaction of problem-solving, giving, social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, activism and goodness on a global scale.

We’re starting with a prize as big as our ambition – and our future’s as bold as the change we hope to inspire.

Alone it may seem impossible. Together, nothing is.


Joseph Deitch

Founder and Chairman

Joe is the chairman of Commonwealth Financial Network, which he founded in 1979 and which currently has $200B in assets under management.

He is also chairman of Southworth Development, a golf and resort real estate company with award-winning properties in the United States, Scotland and The Bahamas.

In 2011, he helped to form Commonwealth Cares to maximize the impact of Commonwealth Financial Network’s charitable efforts. Since its inception in 2010, Commonwealth Cares has supported more than 360 different organizations that relieve human suffering, promote social and economic growth, and protect our planet’s resources.

In 2012, Joe founded the Deitch Leadership Institute at the Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the United States. The institute provides leadership training and focuses on the individual growth of students as well as on community improvement.

Joe is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and the author of the bestselling book, > Elevate: An Essential Guide to Life.

Joseph Deitch
Carolina Garcia Jayaram

Carolina Garcia Jayaram


Carolina Garcia Jayaram is the Founding CEO of The Elevate Prize Foundation, a global purpose-driven nonprofit that serves to amplify social impact and empower passionate problem solvers, leaders, and innovators.

García Jayaram has over two decades of experience in leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to enriching and shaping social impact, philanthropic, and cultural communities.

She most recently served as CEO & president of the National YoungArts Foundation and, prior to that, as president & CEO of United States Artists, where she managed $25M in unrestricted awards to the country’s most accomplished artists.

Previously, García Jayaram was the executive director of the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC). While there, she was a member of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Cultural Advisory Council and was named “Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts” by the Chicago Tribune.

Currently, García Jayaram is a member of the Fast Company Impact Council, an invitation-only collective of innovative leaders and the most creative people in business. She also serves on the Advisory Council for Ruth’s List Florida and on the Latin American and Latinx Committee for the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). García Jayaram is also a proud Georgetown Ambassador for Women, Peace, and Security. 

García Jayaram received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law, where she is now an adjunct professor as well as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Art + Sports Law LLM program.

She is of Cuban and Spanish descent, and currently resides in Miami Beach, Florida with her husband and two sons.

Alex Rosales

Program Manager

Born and raised in Miami, Alex has dedicated his career to social change, advocacy, and local philanthropic efforts across the county for nearly a decade. Before joining The Elevate Prize Foundation, Alex worked in the programs team over several years managing multi-million-dollar donor-advised grantmaking accounts, scholarship programs for student across Miami-Dade County, and supported several competitive grantmaking initiatives, including providing leadership on the LGBTQ Community Fund and leading community engagement on the Community Grants Program.

Alex also provided thought leadership and community engagement support on the creation of the Racial Equity Fund, which helped seed the South Florida Racial Justice Roundtable. Alex has also provided direct consultation to local nonprofits and has facilitated focus groups and surveys intended to create progressive change in Miami- Dade County.

Alex is also an alum for Maven Leadership Collective, an ideas lab that cultivates equity in social entrepreneurship and carves out a path for queer and trans persons of color and allies to build more resilient communities. Alex is a current board member of two grassroots organizations in Miami; SMASH, which is committed to rooting out slumlords and the conditions they create in housing across the county and Before It’s Too Late, which uses art and virtual reality effects to sound the alarm on the effects of climate change. Alex is a proud three-term AmeriCorps VISTA alum as well. Alex currently lives in a sleepy suburb of the county with his dog Sunny and two cats Max and Boo.

Alex Rosales
Cara Politi

Cara Politi

Senior Community Manager

Cara joins The Elevate Prize with an avid belief in storytelling’s power to lead to lasting change. She has committed her career to behavior change marketing with a focus on sustainability and equity. As The Elevate Prize’s Community Manager, she gets to connect with the wide-ranging Elevate Prize community through social media.

Cara began her career in nonprofits as an environmental educator and outreach professional before shifting her focus to communications and messaging, honing strategies to communicate complex concepts in digestible ways. She later joined ICF Next as a digital communications specialist focusing on transportation equity and building communities of sustainably minded New Yorkers.

Cara has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from SUNY Buffalo, and lives in the Hudson Valley, New York with her daughter, Celia.

Jewel Malone

Chief Operating Officer

Jewel Malone brings over 15 years of experience bridging public and private partnerships across corporate, government and nonprofit sectors all with a common purpose to advance and create healthy, sustainable communities. To date, she has stewarded over $40 million of charitable grants toward community development, education and arts and culture programs. Malone has focused on meaningful opportunities that increase organizational growth and effectiveness by infrastructure and capacity building, staff and board development, strategic planning, impact measurement, and rebranding.

Most recently, Malone served as the Executive Director for YoungArts, The National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists and previously also held the role of COO since 2016. Malone has also served as COO for the Chicago Children’s Choir, the nation’s largest choral music education organization. Prior to this, Malone served as Deputy Commissioner at the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events overseeing strategic initiatives and cultural grants programs. Malone forged her path toward philanthropy and social impact work at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where she served as Vice President for Corporate Responsibility and Global Philanthropy.Born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in Chicago, Malone received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She resides in Miami Shores, FL with her husband and daughter.

Jewel Malone
Danielle Wolfe

Danielle Wolfe

Marketing Coordinator

Danielle has committed her career to empowering communities through development and engagement.

Before to joining The Elevate Prize Foundation, Danielle worked in community engagement at United Way of Miami-Dade, managing an early literacy intervention program that increased literacy skills for pre-school students across the county. Danielle has supported refugees as part of a resettlement program in Georgia. She led a federally funded Corporation for National and Community Service program designed to engage volunteers 55 and older to meet critical community needs. She has also worked closely with families with sick children, ensuring they had essential items and housing at Ronald McDonald House.

Danielle is an active member of the Global Shapers Community, a network of young people driving dialogue, action, and change across the world. In 2019 Danielle led Global Shapers’ Miami Hub as curator. She traveled to the World Economic Forum, where she met other young people passionate about building community, policy making, and creating lasting change. Locally, she supported a cohort of 25 young adults as they thought creatively on how to tackle some of Miami’s most pressing issues. Danielle is also a proud AmeriCorps Vista Alumni.Danielle grew up in Indiana and moved to Florida in 2015. She currently lives in Miami with her cat Tonks.

Matthew Minor

Chief Impact Officer

Matthew has committed his career to developing and implementing dynamic and innovative social impact programs globally. He has been particularly focused on creating spaces that facilitate important conversations and amplify the voices of extraordinary people who are addressing critical issues with powerful, scalable solutions.

Prior to joining the Elevate Prize Foundation, Matthew played an essential role in creating and building Solve, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that finds and supports tech-based social entrepreneurs around the world.

As Director of International Programs at Solve, Matthew was responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s global expansion, which contributed largely to the over $25 million in funding commitments for entrepreneurs that Solve brokered. Matthew had previously been Program Manager at the Clinton Global Initiative, where he led the recruitment of more than 300 speakers for the organization’s flagship Annual Meeting in New York, as well as the programming and production of the Clinton Global Citizen Awards at the Clinton Foundation.

Matthew Minor
Megan Bambino

Megan Bambino

Programs Director

Megan joins The Elevate Prize Foundation with more than 20 years of experience in program and project management in the private and non-profit sectors. Having started off in the private sector planning and executing brand experience events for consumer products, Megan was driven to translate her skills into the non-profit and philanthropic sectors in order to contribute to positive social change.

As Deputy Director of Program at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Megan led and managed diverse teams responsible for building out multi-day programming for CGI’s high-profile global events focused on showcasing how the public, private and non-profit sectors could collectively create greater impact in the world. She also oversaw the Clinton Global Citizen Awards which honored individuals for their exceptional leadership in creating social change.

Megan later joined the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) at the Clinton Foundation working on efforts to apply systems-change thinking to improve health outcomes for communities across the United States.

Megan, a native of Oregon, has a BA in International Studies from the University of Oregon. She currently resides with her husband and three sons in the scenic Hudson Valley in New York.

Tracy Ellis

Operations + Administration Manager

Tracy brings over two decades of experience in startup and mission-driven organizations to our team. She started her career in cable television network distribution, and in marketing syndicated and public television properties, before focusing her skills on government and non-profit arenas. She is committed to providing greater access to education and professional development opportunities to members of underserved communities

Tracy has also achieved success as a small business owner, fueled by her entrepreneurial spirit and devotion to mission. A native of New York City, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in marketing from the Anderson School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Tracy lives in Miami, Florida, with her adorable dog Dexter.

Tracy Ellis
Vivienne Vicera

Vivienne Vicera

Program and Marketing Coordinator

Vivienne joins the Elevate Prize Foundation with an unwavering commitment to address inequity, what has been a guiding principle in her work. In this role, she facilitates and supports social impact leaders that participate in the Prize, by connecting them with the resources and program elements to scale and amplify their efforts.

Prior to joining the Elevate Prize Foundation, Vivienne was a program officer at United Way of Miami-Dade. During that time, she managed the grantmaking processes of a $3 million portfolio to achieve the community investment goals of its school-age education impact area and a newer initiative to fund emerging local innovative nonprofits in Miami-Dade County.

When Miami-Dade College launched its innovation hub, The Idea Center, Vivienne was instrumental in creating processes for students and community members to access 21st century skill programs. Before the Idea Center, Vivienne served as a community liaison for Miami-Dade County’s Office of Community Advocacy, specifically with the Asian American Advisory Board.

Vivienne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Studies from Brown University. A Miami native, she enjoys the great outdoors with her dog, Rambo.

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