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.
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.
Carolina Garcia Jayaram is the Founding Executive Director 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.
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.
With more than 20 years of experience in marketing, Lara is fueled by a passion for different cultures and backgrounds, driving her to develop integrated marketing strategies and campaigns that speak to diverse audiences, going beyond just demographics.
Prior to joining The Elevate Prize Foundation, Lara held the position of vice president, Global Brands for Hyatt Hotels. In this role, she oversaw the brand development, consumer marketing efforts and positioning for a portfolio of hotels, including all-inclusive luxury resorts and a boutique lifestyle hotel brand for Millennials, among others.
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.
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.
Ruth brings more than 25 years of diverse experience to her role as CMO of The Elevate Prize, as well as a number of awards and accolades that highlight her results-driven leadership in the world of marketing and communications.
Most recently, she was recognized as the “Maverick of the Year” by the Women in Business Awards and was named to The Holmes Report’s “Innovator 25.” Ruth has also been named to Fast Company’s “Top 100 Most Creative People in Business” and Ad Age’s “Top Women to Watch” among many other industry honors.
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
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.