Community Catalyst Initiative

The Booz Allen team’s initial concept became a highly successful Community Catalyst model with a 60-page how-to toolkit. Each initiative requires detailed community research and planning to identify priority issues, clear outcomes, and engaged community members.

Implemented in areas with large veteran populations, the summits brought together community, military, nonprofit, and elected leaders. For many, it was the first time to meet and find common ground.

In its fourth year, CCI has led to the creation of employment registries and new state legislation. Organizations like the Elizabeth Dole Foundation National Coalition for Military Caregivers and World T.E.A.M. Sports, which sponsors the Face of America annual 100-mile bike ride, have adopted the model. Additionally, the model is helping solve more urgent problems where speed is essential. For example, during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the commander of the Navy’s western medical region leveraged the network established during the San Diego CCI to develop a private-public-military response.

Today, CCI is recognized as a proven process for change, engaging key contributors to galvanize community programs to support veterans, their families, and others in need.