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Zelalem Adefris      

Social and Climate Justice Advocate

Zelalem Adefris is a public health professional with a passion for addressing racial health and wealth disparities, building climate resilience in frontline communities, policy development, community organizing, strategic planning, research, and program monitoring & evaluation. Her current position is Vice President of Policy & Advocacy at Catalyst Miami, where she works to lead out the organization’s policy, advocacy, and community leadership initiatives, focused on building equitable community resilience in Miami-Dade County’s low-wealth neighborhoods. Adefris is also a Co-Chair of the Miami Climate Alliance and a Philanthropic Trustee of the Solutions Project.

She holds an MPH in Global Environmental Health from Emory University and a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Brown University.

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