Daniella Levine Cava – Playing fast and loose?

by SDM

4:01 PM Update: Apparently, the Levine Cava folks read SDM because they updated their web page and removed her as President. Fortunately, SDM printed a copy of the page this morning so that our readers wouldn’t think SDM had lost it. We’re glad you fixed the web page…hopefully the rest of our questions are moot as well.

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SDM continues to follow the campaign of Daniella Levine Cava as she attempts to unseat Commissioner Lynda Bell.

Those of you who have been paying attention to Ms. Levine Cava’s campaign may recall that earlier this month she launched her effort amid much fanfare. The Miami Herald reported on her run along with this tidbit: “Levine Cava, an attorney and social worker by training, said she resigned from her Catalyst Miami position at the end of 2013 to concentrate on her political campaign.”

When SDM read this item, we assumed Ms. Levine Cava was quitting the far-left leaning Catalyst, but we were very wrong. As Ms. Levine Cava notes in her website, she founded Catalyst Miami and acted as its “founder and CEO.”

According to the Catalyst Miami website as of today (January 21, 2014) Ms. Levine Cava is still the organization’s President; Gretchen Beesing is the organization’s CEO. Sunbiz.org, the state’s registry for corporations, shows that Catalyst Miami is the fictitious name for the Human Services Coalition, Inc., a Florida nonprofit corporation Ms. Levine Cava also founded.

Last year, the Human Services Coalition reported Ms. Levine Cava as its President, but reported nobody as CEO. This year, the organization reports Gretchen Beeson as CEO, but nobody as President.

SDM Wonders: Has Ms. Levine Cava told the public she was leaving Catalyst, when in fact she was only leaving her post as CEO? Was she ever CEO or was she always President? Is she still President, as the website indicates? If so, is she compensated and/or involved in the management of the organization? Does Catalyst/Human Services Coalition still receive county funds?

SDM Says: Nothing is as it seems in Miami-Dade County.

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