Traymanesha Lamy, senior director of programs and advocacy at Community Catalyst, smiles directly at the camera wearing a black and white top in front of a light background.
Traymanesha Lamy, PhD, is Senior Director of Programs and Advocacy and a member of the senior management team at Community Catalyst.

In this role, Dr. Lamy oversees program integration for building and implementing new strategic initiatives, supports organization-wide policy and advocacy goals, and works with Community Catalyst programs to strengthen capacity and power-building efforts with community-based partners.

Dr. Lamy brings more than two decades of experience in youth and community development launching cross-sector collaboratives, coalitions, ecosystems and intermediaries to her work with Community Catalyst. Her passion for collective impact and power building has informed the process in which she engages youth, families, and local, state and national community partners in developing innovative community-based and community-led programs, projects, and initiatives. Dr. Lamy has worked closely with community stakeholders to establish a shared vision and co-develop strategies for implementing collective impact initiatives.

Previously, Dr. Lamy worked to increase access to resources for underestimated youth and families while serving as the director of education for United Way, founder of Newark Thrives!, and co-chair for the Newark STEAM Coalition.

Dr. Lamy received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in childhood studies and African American studies from Rutgers University, and a PhD in curriculum, teaching, and educational policy from Michigan State University. She considers herself a research practitioner and values lifelong learning within communities.