Our History

Founded in the Tampa Bay region in 1940s, Community Tampa Bay was formerly a regional affiliate of the National Conference for Christians and Jews, which later became known as the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). We became an independent 501(c)3 in 2005, adopting the name Community Tampa Bay.

Our Mission

The mission of Community Tampa Bay is to cultivate inclusive leaders to change communities through dialogue and cross-cultural interaction.

In other words, we empower people with the tools to have hard conversations with others who don’t look like them, live like them, or love like them to create a community free from all forms of discrimination.

Our programs train and cultivate individuals who make a difference in institutions and communities by influencing others through dialogue and cross-cultural interactions. We can effect positive change when we have leaders across identities who influence culture and interrupt systemic institutional discrimination through personal relationships, advocacy, and representation.

Our Vision

We envision a community free from discrimination in which every individual is treated with dignity and respect, with regard to their race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, ability, faith, and or age.

Our Values


The multiple ways in which people differ. Through dialogue, our differences allow us to have a better understanding of ourselves and others.


The practice of ensuring that people feel they belong. Paramount to our organization is youth-adult partnerships.


The result of inspiring passion in someone so they will want to take action. Relationships help us affirm each other and be held accountable for change.

Meet our leadership

Our Board of Directors

Matt Newton, Board Chair
Older Lundy Koch & Martino
LaKendria Robinson
The Orenda Collective
Stephen Thomas, Tampa Bay Rays
Igor Goncalez, Treasurer
Lance Lansrud
CEO & Founder , Agentry Real Estate
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