MIAMI – Knight Foundation announced the appointment of Marta Viciedo as Program Director in Miami. A social entrepreneur with expertise in urban planning, civic engagement and public policy, Marta brings a wealth of experience in addressing economic and public infrastructure challenges as well as a passion for fostering thriving, connected communities.
Previously, Viciedo served as co-founding partner and CEO at Urban Impact Lab, a Miami-based civic innovation firm focused on building vibrant, resilient and prosperous communities by strengthening the relationship between people and place.
Under her leadership, Urban Impact Lab collaborated with Transit Alliance Miami, an organization she founded, to launch a new approach to transit planning in Miami-Dade. Together, they led an expansive transit advocacy effort, with impact far beyond establishing new transit routes. They’ve fostered the development of walkable streets, bike-friendly neighborhoods and adaptable transit solutions tailored to the evolving needs of the community.
She also helped launch Axis Helps Miami, a platform connecting small business owners to essential economic tools and resources for growth, and illuMia, a project co-created with residents of underserved communities to provide information on the value of solar energy investments.
“Marta has deep experience in supporting a more informed and engaged Miami, and understands what it takes to achieve sustainable community outcomes,” said Knight’s vice president of Community and National Initiatives, Kelly Jin. “She is exceptionally well-suited to lead Knight Foundation’s strategy and program into the future, building on our partnerships and investments.”
Reflecting on her new role at Knight Foundation, Marta expressed her enthusiasm: “I am deeply committed to Knight’s focus on informed and engaged communities. Not only does this approach resonate with me, it is also the key to ensuring that residents are in the best position to meaningfully contribute to their community long into the future.”
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