The Elevate Prize Foundation Appoints New Chief Operating Officer & Chief Impact Officer

Jewel Malone and Matthew Minor join leadership bench among series of strategic hires & promotions at The Elevate Prize Foundation

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MIAMI – March 10, 2022 – The Elevate Prize Foundation announced today the appointment of several key leadership positions, including Jewel Malone as Chief Operating Officer and Matthew Minor as Chief Impact Officer. Both Malone and Minor, who assumed their roles in March and February respectively, will support the Foundation’s growing efforts to empower social impact leaders and inspire positive change around the world.

  • Jewel Malone brings more than 15 years of experience bridging public and private partnerships across corporate, government and nonprofit sectors to her new role as COO of The Elevate Prize Foundation. In this capacity, she will oversee finance and operations for the Foundation, with a focus on building and measuring its operational effectiveness and efficiency in support of the Foundation’s efforts to scale its powerful mission. She comes from YoungArts, The National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists, where she most recently served as Executive Director and held previous leadership roles with the Chicago Children’s Choir, City of Chicago, and JPMorgan Chase. Throughout her illustrious career, she has successfully stewarded over $40 million in charitable grants toward community development, education, arts and culture and relief programs.
  • Matthew Minor, who previously served as Senior Programs Director, is being promoted to Chief Impact Officer. In this newly created role, he will spearhead strategic partnerships for the Foundation while ensuring its wider efforts are aligned with its mission and vision to inspire others to drive positive change around the world. Before joining the Foundation, Matthew served as the Director of International Programs at Solve, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There, he oversaw the development and implementation of the organization’s global expansion, which contributed to over $25 million in funding commitments for entrepreneurs. Prior to Solve, Matthew served as Program Manager at the Clinton Global Initiative. 
  • Alex Rosales joins as Program Manager, charged with overseeing the strategic development of The Elevate Prize, the Foundation’s signature program that annually recognizes 10 social entrepreneurs, providing them with funding and tailored resources to help expand their work and grow their impact. Born and raised in Miami, Alex brings experience managing multi-million-dollar donor-advised grantmaking accounts, scholarship programs for student across Miami-Dade County, and several grantmaking initiatives, including the LGBTQ Community Fund and Community Grants Program, and most recently, providing support for the Racial Equity Fund from his work at The Miami Foundation.
  • Cara Politi starts as Senior Community Manager, responsible for driving The Elevate Prize Foundation’s social media strategy. Bringing strategic communications experience rooted in supporting nonprofits, she most recently served as a digital communications specialist for ICF Next focused on transportation equity. Additionally, she was responsible for building online communities of sustainably minded New Yorkers, which she plans to translate to her new role at the Foundation in building the world’s first fanbase for social good.

“We have never faced a more important time in history to step up and take collective action to address injustices around the world,” said Carolina Garcia Jayaram, CEO of The Elevate Prize Foundation. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome these dynamic new members to the Elevate team, who bring diverse perspectives, innovative ideas and a passion for social impact. Together, we aim to deliver on our mission to amplify the work of impact leaders, drive change together and awaken the hero in all of us.”

Founded by Joseph Deitch in 2019 and headquartered in Miami, The Elevate Prize Foundation aims to serve as an engine for social good by helping changemakers raise their visibility and ability to inspire others, ultimately multiplying their impact to “make good famous.” The Foundation annually recognizes 10 social entrepreneurs and leaders, awarding them $5 million in unrestricted funding, mentorship and capacity-building resources. Additionally, the Foundation recognizes prominent individuals who use their influence to inspire social action, and recently named George and Amal Clooney the second-ever recipients of the Catalyst Award for their work with The Clooney Foundation for Justice.



About the Elevate Prize Foundation

Founded in 2019 by businessman, philanthropist, and author Joseph Deitch, The Elevate Prize Foundation aims to serve as an engine for social good by funding, guiding, and scaling the platforms of social entrepreneurs. The Foundation’s signature program is its annual Elevate Prize, which is awarded to 10 or more global leaders tackling pressing issues in innovative ways. The Elevate Prize Catalyst Award, another one of the Foundation’s programs, recognizes prominent individuals for their commitment to inspiring global social action and using their influence for the good of humanity. Through the Elevate Giving program, the Foundation allows everyday people the opportunity to engage in philanthropy. For more information, visit and follow @ElevatePrize on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.