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Meet Club New Tropic member Alissa Jean Schafer

📸 Photo courtesy of Alissa Jean Schafer Hey there, Alissa! Who are you and what do you do down here? I’m an energy policy wonk, power company watchdog, communications consultant, swamp hiker, volunteer, single mom… it all depends on who you ask and which hat I’m wearing at the moment! I run my own political […] Read more.

Meet musician Vincent Raffard

📸 Photo provided by Vincent Raffard Hi, Vincent! Tell us a bit about your talents. I am a multi-instrumentalist, with a penchant for the cornet, trumpet, and guitar. I’m also a composer, singer/songwriter, and the founder of the French Horn Collective — a protean gypsy-jazz/world-music outfit. Born in Paris, I’ve been living in Miami since 2007, and […] Read more.

Meet NAMI Miami-Dade’s Kate Edelson

📸 Photography by Taylor Fu Howdy, Kate! Who are you? What do you do? I am a passionate advocate for mental health education and accessible programming. For over five years, I’ve worn many hats at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the largest peer-led mental health nonprofit organization in the U.S. This includes being a presenter and […] Read more.

Meet Chef Samantha Cruz

📷 Photo courtesy of Sodexo Live! Hey there, Samantha! What do you do here in town? I’m Sodexo Live!’s Executive Chef for the newly-opened Rum Room and Venu on the Miami Beach Convention Center campus. How does Miami help you do what you do or influence your work? Miami is a melting pot. The diversity […] Read more.

Meet Alex Van Mecl, founder of Discover Opa-locka

📷 Photo courtesy of Alex Van Mecl Hi Alex! Let’s start with the basics: who are you? What do you do? I’m a public and community relations pro, a citizen preservationist, and an eco warrior. What neighborhood(s) are you reppin’? Opa-locka. How does Miami help you do what you do or influence your work? The […] Read more.