About Marta

Marta Maria Miranda-Straub is a Latinx  woman who has spent her life working towards building equity, inclusion and creating systems change. Her leadership, organizing and activism has focused on advancing social and economic justice for marginalized communities. She lives and works at the intersection of identities, ethnicity, race, gender and sexualities, applying an intersectional feminist lense to all that she does.

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February 6, 2023

Book Released Lullaby for Maddie/Cancíon de cuna para Maddie

Lullaby for Maddie/Cancíon de cuna para Maddie by Marta Miranda-Straub (Author), Courtney Kimes (Illustrator) ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY! In Lullaby for Maddie, Marta Miranda-Straub sings in English and Spanish about a young mermaid born…

June 17, 2020

Marta Miranda-Straub Named DCBS Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Marta Miranda-Straub Named Department for Community Based Services Commissioner Brings 40 years’ experience as social worker, activist, trauma specialist FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 17, 2020) – Kentucky Cabinet…

November 9, 2019

Book Released

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY! INCLUDES COMPLETE SPANISH TRANSLATION Cradled by Skeletons: A Life in Poems and Essays is a raw expression of identity and place. This memoir relates Marta Miranda-Straub’s experience…


Adria JohnsonMetro United Way

“Without Catapulting Now, LLC Metro United Way would not be where it is today. Period. A few years ago, the organization made the decision to disrupt its historic way of investing in the community, with aspirations to invest in a manner that prioritizes greatest needs, addresses root causes, results in transformational outcomes, promotes equity, and supports the tenants of trust-based philanthropy. No small feat for an organization over 100 years old! Catapulting Now, LLC helped us navigate the uncomfortable waters that often come with a change of this magnitude, which also included doing the internal work necessary to truly operationalize equity and develop effective external practices and policies. With Catapulting Now, LLC’s assistance – specifically, its founder’s, Marta Miranda Straub’s, leadership – Metro United Way has been able to strengthen internal operations and transition from its historic investment model to one that is focused, gives access to organizations that historically have not benefitted from investment – including grassroots and BIPOC led, and includes strategies proven most effective in creating the greatest impact. Thank you, Marta and Catapulting Now, LLC!”

Brian PothThe Source LGBT+ Center

“Working with Marta and Catapult has been a game changer for our organization. She and her team have been co-creators with our staff and board, coaching us into more inclusive and strategic ways of leading. Everything we have developed with them has been accomplished and successful. Truly transformational! ”

Jonathan Cook Solano Pride Center

“Marta is a dynamic leader who synthesizes wisdom from her years of professional experience to work with nonprofits to build organizational capacity and to increase the impact they are able to have for the communities they serve. I first met Marta in 2019 at a conference where she was one of our presenters, and I immediately knew then that we needed to ask her to guide my nonprofit through strategic planning. I am so happy I did. The passion and energy she brings to her work is captivating, both her professional and personal experience have been invaluable. She navigated our organization through a difficult transitional period. We would not have been able to do that without her and her team. I can't recommend her highly enough! ”

Daryle W. UnseldBoys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana

“My time working with Catapult as a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Metro United Way. Positioned our organization to go above and beyond exposing inequitable policies and practices that had been grandfathered in to the agency. We were able to examine the root causes of the inequitable practices by using an equity lens that allowed us to move from idea to execution in creating a more equitable work and community environmen”