Catalina A. Byrd

Community Advocate

Baltimore native Catalina Byrd has been captivating audiences for the past two decades. Catalina's vibrant personality and extensive resume' continue to collide and produce magic. A community advocate, journalist, political strategist, and creative. Catalina has been featured on numerous syndicated radio and television programs. In addition to the four radio programs of her own. Despite being one of the few women of color covering politics, she has consistently held her own and claimed her seat at the table. Her ability to speak “the people’s language” has led to the respect of her colleagues and the demographics she serves. Not only is she a voice for millennials but she captures the soul of all others.

Catalina Byrd has continued to persevere and thrive in the face of life’s challenges. Becoming a widow at age 26 left her son without a father and her a single mother. It is this life-changing experience that Catalina credits to sharpening her focus and becoming the needed change in our society. Catalina is a domestic violence survivor and has experienced the struggles of addiction through the eyes of her relatives. As a result, she has used her knowledge to assist with domestic violence legislation reform, increased access to treatment options for families and communities, and ex-offender resources for returning citizens to the community. Her passion and fire consistently burn to better the people and the community. A fire that cannot be extinguished because it has been shaped by her experiences and the ones she loves dearly.

In 2010, Catalina ran for Judge of the Orphans' Court. In 2011 she ran for her first attempt as Mayor of Baltimore City. As an unaffiliated candidate, Catalina was required to collect signatures to appear on the ballot but was unsuccessful. Nonetheless, the experience enabled her to gain platforms for education, entrepreneurship, and economic development; which led to valuable discussions about the future and priorities of her beloved Baltimore. Catalina has held significant roles in the campaigns of previous Governors, State Delegates, and City Council members. Catalina also served on the Community Oversight Task Force (COTF) created by the Baltimore’s consent decree. She is currently serving as Chair of the Domestic Violence Committee on the Women’s Commission of Baltimore City.

During her time as a host and political analyst Catalina has had television and radio shows, recurring segments, been featured on Radio One WOLB, WEAA, WURD (Philadelphia), appeared for the last 10 years on Square Off with Richard Sher and both appeared and guest hosted on Roland Martin’s NewsOne Now on TV One. Outside of her lived experiences and work in the community, Catalina is also respected for her 15+ years on the air in Baltimore and beyond.