Chief Programs Officer, Catalyst Miami
A South Florida native, Santra Denis currently serves as the Chief Programs Officer at Catalyst Miami, an anti-poverty, human services, and civic engagement non-profit organization in Miami, FL. In her current role Ms. Denis oversees all programs, services, and initiatives the organization uses to identify and collectively solve issues adversely affecting low-wealth communities throughout Miami-Dade County.
Trained as a Public Health Professional, Ms. Denis graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Health Science and a Masters of Public Health in Policy and Management from Florida International University. She has had the opportunity to work for the University of Florida, Shands Healthcare, Care Resource, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.
Ms. Denis’ civic involvement includes serving as the President & Founder of Avanse Ansanm. Avanse Ansanm’s mission is to engage & connect Haitian-American Millennials, understand and harness their collective economic & political power, preserve Haitian culture in Haitian- American Millennials, and cultivate a strong community bounded by a shared strategy to advance All Things Haitian. She served as the Senior Vice-President for the Urban League of Broward County Young Professionals Network where she spearheaded the 1st Annual State of Young Black Broward Forum on health, criminal justice, and economics. She is a New Leaders Council Fellow, the premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement program for young professionals. Ms. Denis is a Sant La Fellow, a Haitian American Leadership program for young adults in Miami Dade County. She serves as a member of Community Advisory Board at Florida International University Research Center in Minority Institutions. She also serves as a Board Member and Youth Leader at her home church, Sinai SDA Church, one of the largest Haitian Adventist Churches in the state of Florida with over 1,000+ members where she mentors youth and young adults in their personal and professional development.
Ms. Denis has been recognized for her commitment to anti-poverty work in South Florida. Most recently, she has been recognized by the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida as part of the Inaugural class of Leaders for the esteemed award of “20 Under 40 Young Professionals”. She was recently honored as “40 under 40” Leaders of Today and Tomorrow in South Florida by Legacy Magazine.
Ms. Denis is a lover of all people and her life’s mission is to aide in the provision of quality and accessible resources and services to people who are underrepresented. The guiding principle for Santra Denis’ life is, “Service is the rent we pay for living.” -Marian Wright Edelmen