In our evaluation of Talent Hubs, stakeholders often drew our attention to individuals who played an outsized role in catalyzing equitable change within and across partner organizations. They are not necessarily executive leaders; in fact, their contributions can be hard to see or recognize without a deep understanding of the complexity of institutional change efforts. Current programmatic and human resource structures are not often set up to acknowledge the individuals who balance day-to-day responsibilities with powerful—and sometimes subtle—strategies that fuel collaboration and contribute to system-level shifts.

In this series, we call these individuals “Catalysts.”