Mileyka Burgos-Flores is a Dominican-American activist and founding Executive Director & CEO of The Allapattah Collaborative, CDC- a place based, non-profit organization that uses Main Street Approach to preserve and expand cultural authenticity and wealth building in marginalized immigrant enclaves. The organization aims to revitalize the Little Santo Domingo commercial corridors in the midst of mitigating climate gentrification pressures as it focuses on its mission of (1)implementing place making techniques to foster identity, (2)supporting wealth building strategies for marginalized communities of color and (3)advocating for policies/procedures that support equitable, comprehensive and sustainable community development.

Mileyka holds a bachelor degree from the University of Miami and a master degree from Florida International University. She is an avid advocate for social justice in marginalized communities by working with neighborhood stakeholders in grassroots community engagement campaigns and inter-agency collaborations. She has been a champion in asset-framing the Latinx immigrant contributions and experience, as well as advocating for the preservation of culture in marginalized cultural enclaves under the principles of access, equity, representation, inclusion and upward mobility.

Mileyka is a 2022 Center for Community Investment Fulcrum Fellow, focused on establishing shared equity community ownership models to prevent displacement and enhance wealth building in Allapattah. Mileyka has been an active member of various non-profit organizations where she has mentored students, designed programs, provided scholarships and inspired others to reach their optimum potential. She is the founding Vice President of Miami Next Leaders and a previous board member of Dade Heritage Trust, Allapattah Community Advisory Council, The Advocate Program and FIU Research Center for Minority Institutions. She is a 2016 University of South Florida Community Real Estate Development Fellow, 2017 Miami’s New Leaders Council Fellow, 2018 Radical Partner’s Leadership Lab Neighborhood Heroes Fellow, 2019 University of Miami Community Scholars in Affordable Housing and the 2019 NALCAB’s Pete Garcia Community & Economic Development Fellowship.

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