Business leaders and newcomers join forces to tackle Miami's social issues

Rodrigo Mattos

Miami Leaders Form Partnership to Tackle City Challenges

Prominent Businessmen Unite for Long-Term Solutions

A new non-profit, the Partnership for Miami, has been launched by influential figures from Miami's business, sports, and civic sectors. The group, which includes newcomers like billionaires Orlando Bravo and Ken Griffin, aims to tackle the city's most pressing issues and ensure a prosperous future for all residents.

The Partnership is led by a 23-member board featuring Jorge Mas (MasTec CEO and Inter Miami co-owner) and Tom Garfinkel (Miami Dolphins President and CEO). Each board member has pledged financial support to get the organization off the ground, ensuring entirely private funding.

Billionaire newcomers, CEOs join in new group aimed at tackling Miami’s big social problems

Leveraging Miami's Growth for a Sustainable Future

Leveraging Miami's rapid growth as a global hub, the Partnership seeks to create a clear vision for the city's future while developing strategies for sustainable development. This includes identifying areas needing improvement, particularly in housing affordability, public transportation, and education.

"Miami's growth isn't guaranteed," said Partnership President Raul Moas. "We need a dedicated effort to sustain it. While young and evolving, Miami has the potential to be truly great, and we have a chance to shape its future."


"Miami 2035" Report Unveils City's Strengths and Challenges

The Partnership launched alongside a comprehensive report titled "Miami 2035." This 126-page document assesses the city's current state across six key areas: affordability and housing, economic diversification, education, transportation infrastructure, environmental protection, and government services. The report benchmarks Miami against other leading cities and identifies areas for improvement.

While Miamians likely understand the city's challenges in housing, economic inequality, and education, the report provides a data-driven analysis. While broad goals are outlined, such as improved public transportation, specific solutions are still under development.

Moas emphasized that the report, created by McKinsey & Company, serves as a factual foundation for the Partnership's future work. "The report acknowledges our achievements while highlighting challenges," he said. "It provides a broad overview."

Billionaire newcomers, CEOs join in new group aimed at tackling Miami’s big social problems

A Long-Term, Bold Civic Agenda Focused on Collaboration

While lacking specific proposals yet, Moas promises a "long-term, bold civic agenda" to address Miami's pressing needs. The volunteer group will collaborate with elected officials, government bodies, civil society groups, and other non-profits to develop and implement solutions.

Moas hopes the Partnership will leverage the city's business leadership in a way that's been missing for years. He points to past successful collaborations like recovery from Hurricane Andrew, the homeless assistance program, and economic redevelopment initiatives. Other cities like Atlanta have similar civic-business partnerships, and Moas believes Miami can replicate this success.


Transparency and Inclusivity: A Commitment to Open Dialogue

The Partnership is committed to transparency, unlike past secretive groups. Moas declined to specify donation amounts or the budget, but acknowledged these details will be made public in future tax filings. He described donations as "multi-year commitments" at a significant level.

All board members have been actively involved for a year and will continue contributing as initiatives develop. Moas emphasized this is "a working group" deeply committed to Miami's future. The complex challenges require collaboration from various stakeholders, and the Partnership aims to bring everyone to the table.

The board is comprised of top executives in Miami's banking, law, finance, and real estate sectors. It includes CEOs of major employers like Baptist Health, Ryder, and Royal Caribbean. One public entity is represented by Jackson Health System CEO Carlos Migoya. The board is co-chaired by developer Ana-Marie Codina Barlick and McKinsey's Miami managing partner, Andre Dua. Miami-based Knight Foundation's new president, Maribel Perez Wadsworth, is also on the board.

Billionaire newcomers, CEOs join in new group aimed at tackling Miami’s big social problems



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