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2023 Awards for Excellence in
Community & Economic Development

SFCDC is delighted for the return of our annual awards in 2023. Join us in-person on May 12th at the Newman Alumni Center to celebrate our field and recognize the incredible effort of distinguished colleagues who have gone above and beyond in their community impact. We have six new prestigious award categories to highlight excellence, impact, and leadership. To learn more about sponsorship or advertisement opportunities for this event, please visit our sponsors page. 

Friday, May 12th, 2023
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET
University of Miami Newman Alumni Center
6200 San Amaro Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146


PRE-SALE (ended March 15th)

Coalition Members - $75/person

Non-Members - $100/person

REGULAR (beginning March 16th)

Coalition Members - $100/person

Non-Members - $125/person

2023 Annual Awards is Sponsored By: 


It's not too late! We are extending nomination applications through Friday, March 31st, 2023 11:59 p.m. ET. There are six (6) categories for nominations.  All Advocate categories are eligible for self-nomination, an individual, an organization/agency, or a collaboration. All sectors are eligible, including public, private, and nonprofit. Rising Star, Coalition Champion, and Sage Legacy categories are not eligible for self-nomination and must nominate an individual only. 

Some nominees fit the criteria for more than one category, in which case may be nominated for each that is applicable. However all nominations should be submitted within a single application; if selected, the nominee(s) will only be awarded for the best fit category at the selection committee's discretion. Therefore each nominator should only submit one (1) application per nominee. 

Nomination Form

*New* Award Categories 

Housing Affordability Advocate: This award recognizes the effort of an individual, organization, or collaboration that has made significant strides towards addressing the affordable housing crisis either through housing development, public policy advocacy, or grassroots community engagement.

Small Business Advocate: This award recognizes the effort of an individual, organization, or collaboration that has promoted incentives, protections, and needs of local small business to combat displacement and marginalization through technical assistance, public policy advocacy, or community engagement. 

Community Resilience Advocate: This award recognizes the effort of an individual, organization, or collaboration that has been instrumental in advancing communities' ability thrive and overcome problems affecting quality of life. The impact has led to stronger, more equitable communities. 

Rising Star: This award recognizes an individual under than age of 35 (as of January 1st, 2023) who has been a catalyst to the field and/or community. This person can be a professional or volunteer who has made significant contributions to local community and economic development through their talent, skills, and/or leadership. 

Coalition Champion: This award is nominated exclusively by coalition members to recognize an individual, organization, or collaboration that has demonstrated the best of our coalition through community impact and leadership. 

Sage Legacy: This award honors the lifetime achievement and contributions of an individual (present or posthumous) towards the advancement of community and economic development in South Florida.

Previous Award Recipients 


Rental Housing Award - Eric Haynes, St. John Community Development Corporation Inc.

Homeownership Award - Eugene Simmons, Professional Bank (retired)

Economic Opportunity Award - Christine King, MLK Economic Development Corporation

Rising Star Award - Evian White De Leon, Miami Homes For All

Leadership Award - Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, Radical Partners

Public Service AwardTanya Wilson, City of North Miami

Impact Collaborative - LAND, Robin Bachin, PhD, UM Office of Community and Civic Engagement


Rental Housing AwardClarence E. Woods, III SE Overtown/Parkwest CRA

Homeownership Award - Eric Johnson, Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust

Economic Opportunity Award - Pandwe Gibson, PhD, EcoTech Visions

Rising Star Award - Sharhzad Emami, Esq., Legal Services of Greater Miami

Leadership Award - Barbara “Bobbie” Ibarra, Miami Homes for All

Public Service Award - Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Commissioner District 8

Impact Collaborative - Catalyst Miami


Rental Housing AwardStephanie Berman-Eisenberg, Carrfour Supportive Housing, Inc.

Homeownership Award - Danny Felton, The Experts Team

Economic Opportunity Award - Leroy Jones, Neighbors and Neighbors Association (NANA)

Rising Star Award - Jorge de la Paz, Miami Coalition for the Homeless

Leadership Award - Arden Shank, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida

Public Service Award - Constance Collins, Lotus House

Impact Collaborative - HOPE, Inc.


Rental Housing AwardPatricia Braynon, Miami-Dade Housing Finance Authority

Homeownership Award - Rennatta Delgado, Centro Campesino, Inc.

Economic Opportunity Award - Cornel Crews Jr., Partners for Self-Employment

Rising Star Award - Daniel A. Esino, Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske

Leadership Award - Jihad Rashid, Collaborative Development Corporation

Public Service Award - Terry A. Coble, Miami Coalition for the Homeless


Rental Housing AwardFrancisco Rojo, Landmark Development Corporation

Homeownership Award - NSP Consortium (Carrfour, City of North Miami, HACDC, NHSSF, OLCDC, St. John CDC, Urban League of Greater Miami)

Economic Opportunity Award - Maria Coto, Partners for Self Employment

Rising Star Award - Kamalah Fletcher, Catalyst Miami

Leadership Award - Barbara Romani, Citi

Legacy AwardThomas Zuniga, PhD


Rental Housing AwardErbi Blanco-True, Great Florida Bank

Homeownership Award - Joaquin Willis, Collective Empowerment Group

Economic Opportunity Award - Fabiana Estrada, ACCION USA

Rising Star Award - Lars Gilberts, South Florida Urban Ministries

Leadership Award - John Little, Legal Services of Greater Miami

Public Service AwardMatti Herrera Bower, Miami Beach Mayor 

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