Our Team

Core Leadership Team
Stephanie Porta
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Chevalier Lovett
Sr. Vice President & Managing Director
Maddy Garcia
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Laura Johns
Vice President of Resource Development
Stephanie Porta
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Stephanie@organizeflorida.org

As a community organizer, Stephanie Porta has spent the last 15 years working to support Florida’s low income communities in their fight for equity and dignity. Her work has led to raising Florida's minimum wage in 2004, passing police accountability reforms, winning foreclosure prevention programs, affordable utility campaigns, electing progressive officials and much more.

In 2010, Stephanie co-founded Organize Florida to work on the needs of Florida's low and moderate income communities and now acts as Executive Director. The membership organization has grown quickly and has membership in 17 counties across mid-Florida. In 2014, Stephanie championed efforts to pass Earned Sick Time in Orange County, and in 2016 supported outreach efforts to more than two million voters across Florida. Stephanie has been recognized by the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Weekly, Orlando Magazine & Orlando Women’s Magazine for leadership on government transparency and issues facing the working poor.

She has three cats and a tremendous family of supporters in Orlando where she was born and raised and currently lives with her partner Edgar. She is a rainbow chaser, always in search of sunshine and a fighter for Florida.

Chevalier Lovett
Sr. Vice President & Managing Director
Chev@organizeflorida.org

Chevalier (Chev) Lovett, is a native of Winter Park, FL (born and raised) - and has spent the past 10+ years working in the Non-Profit sector. In 2009 Chev spent a year as a faculty member for Edgewater High School, where he supported the entire music department in AP Music Theory, Intro to Music Appreciation and several leadership development programs. A bulk of his career was spent in the YMCA movement. With the YMCA, Chev has served in many areas of leadership as a Director in: Camps, Education & Youth Programs, Membership & Marketing, as an Associate Executive Director, and as the Experience Director (Executive of Operations & Member Experience) throughout the Central & North Florida areas. For two years Chev worked with City Year, Inc. in Orlando serving in the Impact Department as the Manager of Jones High & Meadowbrook Middle Schools and as the point/lead for the Corps leadership, personal & professional development program.

Chev has completed higher level studies at the University of Hartford and Rollins College, primarily focusing on programs in education, leadership development, pedagogy and business/organizational & executive best practices. He is a proud graduate of the Center for Popular Democracy’s (CPD) Executive Director Cohort, Class I. Chev has been with Organize Florida (formerly Organize Now) since July of 2016 – and currently serves as the Sr. Vice President & Managing Director, where his role is to support the success of each department and to provide overall leadership and structure to the Senior Leadership (SLT) & Core Leadership (CLT) Teams. Although he loves all aspects of the non-profit world, he most enjoys strategic planning, leadership development and organizational best practices & implementation.

Chev is very involved in the community and serves on several Central Florida boards; including – Opera Orlando as the VP of Development, Community Core as the Co-Chair, Leadership Winter Park Alumni Council as the Development & Member Engagement Director, Two Spirit Health and on the board for CRAVE, Inc. as the Community Partners Chair to name a few. Chev considers himself a new age activist – and his passion is being an advocate for the Peace Movement. This includes being vocal and active about causes that affect the LGBTQ+ communities, Youth, Education and standing up for those that cannot stand up for themselves. In his free time, he loves to travel the world with his family, spoil his nephew, live an active and fit lifestyle in the gym & running 5K’s, read, add to his personal library and immerse himself in classical music as a performer and audience member! He is an active and sought after opera singer, conductor (both choral & opera), pianist, lecturer, adjudicator and recitalist in the Eastern United States; most recently performing as the pianist & Associate Director of the nationally acclaimed Jones High School Concert Choir at Carnegie Hall in the Spring of 2018.

Maddy Garcia
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Maddy@organizeflorida.org

Maddy Garcia has been called a "lifesaver" for her ability to help non-profit organizations get organized. Maddy brings a wealth of experience having worked in the banking sector for fifteen years and the non-profit sector for ten. Maddy comes with tremendous organizational and administrative skills. Maddy was born in Puerto Rico in the early 60's and migrated to New York in the early 70's. Growing up in the Bronx to non-English speaking parents, Maddy experienced many obstacles. Education and equality were on the top of her list. Her passion in social justice and education comes from her humble beginnings. Maddy always believed that education was the key that would open doors and so her dream of helping others began. During her 35 years as a resident of New York City, Maddy committed herself to helping and empowering minority students attend college. After leaving the banking industry in 1998 she landed her first job at a non-profit organization called Goddard Riverside Community center and later at Let's get Ready! She was able to help approximately 400 minority students attend college. In 2004, The College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY) presented her with a recognition award for her work and commitment. She joined Organize Now in March of 2012 as their new Chief Financial Officer and HR Director.

Laura Johns
Vice President of Resource Development
Laura@organizeflorida.org

A native Floridian, Laura moved back to Central Florida in 1995. She worked as both a political and community organizer for three years and then was a HUD certified housing counselor and Director of Counseling Quality Control for Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA) until January 2012. Earlier this year she moved into the position of Director of Development and Partnerships, focusing on advancing the organization through capacity and resource building.

Tim Heberlein
Regional Director, Tampa Bay
Morgan Harvey
Program Design & Data Director
Linda De La Nuez
Operations Director & Interim Regional Director, Kissimmee
Cloe Cabrera
Marketing & Communications Director
Tim Heberlein
Regional Director, Tampa Bay
Tim@organizeflorida.org

Tim Heberlein has been active in the Tampa Bay political community since 2006, most recently as the Organizing Representative for the Sierra Club Florida. He also served 4 years as the Political Director for the Florida Consumer Action Network, and organizes his community to advocate for economic and social justice. His activism has focused on grassroots organizing and field campaigning for progressive issues and candidates.

Heberlein has mobilized thousands of activists and voters around progressive campaigns, and trained many into progressive leadership in the Tampa Bay area. He has trained with the Capital Leadership Academy, National Organizing Institute, Camp Wellstone and the Midwest Academy, and been a panelist on several conference and televised forums.

Before working in advocacy, Heberlein worked as a case manager and counselor to Floridians with mental health diagnosis and substance abuse issues. Heberlein is also active in his community, just finishing his term as the Vice Chair of the Hillsborough Democratic Party, a Disaster Action Team Leader for the American Red Cross since 2006, and as a member of the Human Relations Committee for Hillsborough County. He is the son of two military service members and attended public schools all over the world. His wife Caitlin, a teacher with Hillsborough County Public Schools, and son Charlie live in Tampa.

Morgan Harvey
Program Design & Data Director
Morgan@organizeflorida.org

A lifelong Orlandoan, Morgan is deeply rooted in its nonprofit community having served on local boards focused on nonprofit capacity development and nonprofit professional development. Morgan holds two bachelor's degrees from Florida State University, an english degree with a focus in creative writing and a social science degree in international affairs. Morgan became involved in the work of FIRE and Organize Now in 2015 as part of her graduate coursework in nonprofit management. She is currently pursuing both a graduate degree in nonprofit management and a graduate certificate in fundraising from the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida.

Morgan is a jack-of-all-trades, with experience in accounting, journalism, sales, legal research, public relations, logistics as well as nonprofit and program development. Prior to joining FIRE, she served as the internship coordinator for a local public university where she spearheaded efforts to develop new partnerships on campus and deliver more services to students in public administration and nonprofit management disciplines.

Linda De La Nuez
Operations Director
Linda@organizeflorida.org

Bio coming soon

Cloe Cabrera
Marketing & Communications Director
Cloe@organizeflorida.org

Cloe Cabrera is the Marketing & Communications Director for Organize Florida and brings more than 25 years of multi-media experience to the position. She is a former major-metropolitan newspaper journalist and columnist (English and Spanish). As a reporter for the at the Tampa Tribune, her writings about Tampa’s diverse communities garnered national awards. Her weekly column, called “Que Pasa”, offered an insider’s look at what it pasa,” recognition. Cloe has worked as a popular television reporter for major-market NBC and CBS-affiliates, where she hosted her own television programs called “Looking Good” and “Que Pasa.” She also created and served as the spokesperson for a statewide campaign addressing teenage girl’s self-esteem called “Brains & Beauty, Too.”
Cloe’s deep passion for community service keeps her active in several local non-profit organizations that help immigrants, the elderly and children.

Amy Busefink
Political Director
Sheena Johnson
Campaigns Director
Judy P. Neufeld
Sr. Organizational Consultant
Amy Busefink
Political Director
Amy@organizeflorida.org

Amy has been organizing in Florida since 2004, starting with the fight to raise Florida's minimum wage. She worked for 11 years developing and executing national voter registration field programs, including managing the field operations for Project Vote’s 2008 voter registration program, which collected 1.1 million applications and utilizing new and exciting technology for Get-Out-the-Vote efforts. She has also worked to develop and execute legislative policy and advocacy programs in several states around voting rights, both fighting back against barriers to voting and identifying opportunities to expand access.

Amy graduated from Florida State University in 2003 with a B.A. in Political Science. She resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. Amy is a very serious FSU football fan (even when its hard). She enjoys running races in the beautiful Florida sunshine and then eating much deserved pancakes afterwards! She resides in St. Petersburg, Florida with her kitten, Holli.

Sheena Johnson
Campaigns Director
Sheena@organizeflorida.org

Sheena brings over a decade of experience working at the intersection of arts and social justice as an accomplished artist-activist and effective non-profit leader. She is excited to bring her passion for building power in marginalized communities and communities of color to her role as Campaigns Director at Organize Florida.

Most recently, Sheena served as a Program Officer with the Akonadi Foundation in Oakland, CA strengthening its racial justice movement building efforts. Her grantmaking focused on critical racial justice organizing issues including investing in arts and culture to shift hearts and minds; multiracial movement building; Black-led organizing; immigrant rights; Women and LGBT+ of color leadership development; organizing against the prison industrial complex; resilience and healing based organizing; and examining issues of race and displacement.

Prior to the Akonadi Foundation Sheena worked with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, CA as its Performing Arts Fellow focused on grantee capacity building and advancing cultural equity. During her 11 years living in the SF Bay Area Sheena also ran her own dance company and has received numerous artist grants and commissions including the Leeway Foundation's Art & Change Grant. Sheena holds a BA from Swarthmore College in political science and peace and conflict studies, and a MFA from Mills College in dance emphasis choreography.

Judy P. Neufeld
Sr. Organizational Consultant
Judy@organizeflorida.org

Judy Pineda Neufeld is an expert organizational and leadership development consultant, facilitator, and trainer, working closely with mission-driven organizations across the country. She is passionate about making teams, organizations, and individuals more impactful and productive and her specialty has always been on lifting and amplifying women’s voices and leadership. She has led organizations through complex strategic planning processes, transformative culture change, and has helped to reorganize, rebrand, and revise mission, vision, and values for nonprofits and political organizations.

Judy has held several roles with Emerge America, an organization that recruits, trains, and provides a powerful network for Democratic women running for office in 23 states (and counting). In 2017, she organized and conducted five Regional Bootcamp trainings for 117 women and 3 Mini-Bootcamp trainings for more than 250 women running for office all across the country.

Judy graduated from Tufts University and recently completed her MBA at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business in Orlando, Florida with a certification in Leadership Development. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts and is training for the 2018 Boston Marathon.

Staff Team
Boamattie Singh
Accounting Manager
Jihad Alexander
Field Director - Tampa Bay
Giovanni Bravo-Ruiz
Community Organizer, LatinX Engagement, Orlando
David Caicedo
Florida State Director - Vote Mob & Student Power Network
Boamattie Singh
Accounting Manager
Boamattie@organizeflorida.org

Boamattie Singh is the Accounting Manager at Organize Florida. She has a keen interest in accountability, transparency and compliance in management, and it was this interest that motivated her to pursue a career in Accounting. She has worked on State Level Taxation and Auditing of Corporations, including Fortune 500 Companies, also has accounting experience in the Nonprofit Sector. Prior to joining Organize Florida, she held positions as a Corporate Tax Auditor, Accounting Assistant, IT Technician. She was a volunteer at the Schenectady Hindu Temple, and completed an internship program with KPMG. Boamattie holds a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY, and is currently pursing certification as a Certified Public Accountant.

Boamattie is very passionate about social change, social and economic justice and opportunities for all. Underlying this passion is her own experience growing up and dealing with the challenges of poverty - challenges she overcame through persistence, hard work, and a commitment to education. Humbled by her upbringing and mindful of the fact that the odds are not the same for all those in need, she joined Organize Florida to contribute to the fight for social and economic justice. Boamattie is a native of Guyana, South America and migrated to Albany, NY in 2005. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Dhanraj R. Singh, and currently resides in the Orlando Metro area.

Jihad Alexander
Field Director - Tampa Bay
Jihad@organizeflorida.org

Bio Coming Soon

Giovanni Bravo-Ruiz
Community Organizer, LatinX Engagement, Orlando
Giovanni@organizeflorida.org

Born and raised in Aguadilla, the northwestern coastal town on the island of Borikén (Puerto Rico), Giovanni has had a passion for languages, education and community service since an early age. During his teenage years, he was devoted to working as a leader with youth in his community and had a passion for organizing events with Puerto Rican and US artists around the island. He attended the University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla and Río Piedras where he majored in Modern Languages and Literature.

During his college career, Giovanni worked with colleagues from the Modern Languages Department to organize students in order to create the Organización de Lenguas Extranjeras (Foreign Language Organization) and was a part of AIESEC, (Association Internationale des Étudiants de Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) - an international student-run organization focused on building leaders and providing internship opportunities around the world.

After graduating from college in 2014 he joined the Puerto Rican Diaspora in Orlando, Florida to volunteer with City Year - an educational AmeriCorps program focused on closing the achievement gap in the nation's high need schools. His passion for education led him to become an educator at Walker Middle School, an Orange County Public School, for three years. After the financial crisis, political instability, Hurricane Irma and Maria, USA's treatment of its citizens and the influx of Puerto Rican families and students who came to Florida, he was driven to become more active in the Puerto Rican and Latinx communities in Orlando to fight for respect and justice.

David Caicedo
Florida State Director - Vote Mob & Student Power Network
David@organizeflorida.org

David has over eight years of campaign and mobilization experience ranging from local, statewide and national electoral campaigns to more issue based movement building campaigns. His worldview is shaped by his upbringing in Brownsville, Brooklyn whose motto is "never did, never will;" and having experienced the immigrant struggle for citizenship first hand as the first U.S. born child of Colombian immigrants, who despite working fulltime union jobs, still lived in poverty. Before his current role, he was with a tenant support unit within the current New York City administration. After seeing that the struggles of poverty and marginalization was not only his, David was inspired to focused his career on what he calls the "fight left." His goal is to reshape political discourse through escalated youth engagement in electoral and movement politics.

Liliana Cruz
Community Organizer - Kissimmee
Elba Daniels-Pryce
Operations Clerk & Membership Coordinator, Kissimmee
Laura Dowler
Sr. Resource Development Manager
Latoya Dyer
Administrative Clerk
Liliana Cruz
Community Organizer - Kissimmee
Liliana@organizeflorida.org

Liliana Cruz was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. Since she was a young girl, she demonstrated her passion for helping others. Always involved in the nonprofit sector and many social and humanity movements, this lead her to study for a Bachelor's of Education from the University of The Sabana, Colombia with a specialty in Humanities.

In 2005, Liliana immigrated to the United States of America. Looking to grow more as a person and to fulfill her hunger of helping others, Liliana studied to become a Licensed Behavior Analyst to assist children with specials needs. For seven years Liliana worked with Hispanic children in public schools and helped developed behavioral programs and coordinated conferences with parents and schools as a consultant.

While working in the Latino community as a Behavior Analyst, Liliana realized that their community was in a very vulnerable situation, so she became a tutor in local after-school programs, where she helped undocumented families with their immigration forms and doctor appointments with two nonprofits geared to register voters.

In 2011, Liliana continued to organize her community registering voters with Mi Familia Vota. This experience in helping to re-elect President Barack Obama led to Liliana to join Organize Now in 2016 as a follow-up organizer to continue to spread her passion and care for the community while contributing to the mission and common purpose of the organization.

Elba Daniels-Pryce
Operations Clerk & Membership Coordinator, Kissimmee
Elba@organizeflorida.org

Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Elba Daniels-Pryce has lived most of her life in the United States. She grew up in New York City, Brooklyn where she eventually married and raised her family. She pursued a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and soon after a Master's degree in Reading.

She worked with the New York City Board of Education as well as with Orange County Public Schools in Orlando for over 15 years as a classroom teacher, teaching all subjects and all grades.

She moved to Orlando, Florida in 2005 with her family. She was heavily involved in advocacy for the elderly and as an educator worked passionately to safeguard the rights of children and families.

Although she loves New York, she is very happy to leave the cold weather behind and live in a place where the warm sun shines on her face everyday.

Laura Dowler
Sr. Resource Development Manager
LDowler@organizeflorida.org

Born and raised in Northeastern Ohio, Laura relocated to Orlando in 2015. Her passion for Social Justice has been a driving force in her life and career. She has experience as both a public and academic librarian and is an active member of the community committed to making the world a better place. Laura served in AmeriCorps from 2010-2011 in Akron, Ohio. During this service year, she and her team addressed poverty related health and nutrition issues with community centered programming. She holds a degree in English with a minor in Film from Ohio University and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University.

Latoya Dyer
Administrative Clerk
latoya@organizeflorida.org

Bio Coming Soon

Mika Gainer
Resource Development Coordinator
Danielle Garcia
Community Organizer, Climate Justice - Tampa Bay
Sophia Glover
Sr. Lead Organizer, Orlando
Christine Gomez
Operations Clerk & Membership Coordinator - Orlando
Mika Gainer
Resource Development Coordinator
Mika@organizeflorida.org

Mika holds a BA in Fine Art and Business Administration from Rollins College. Most of her career has involved financial analysis, process improvement, training and database information systems. Before coming to Organize Florida, she was involved in the local startup community for 2 years learning about communications, branding and marketing.

The collaboration and education values of entrepreneurship captivated Mika. So much so, that she even launched her own business and developed curriculum to spread happiness as the housing crisis forces more people to live together. This passion led her to go back to school for project management to position herself to lead and implement projects attached with social responsibility. In her current role, she hopes to bridge her expertise within the expanding Resource Development Department.

Growing up in the Panhandle, Mika loves the beach, expressive arts, traveling, yoga, meditation and writing. Her deep fascination of different cultures since childhood is the lens in which she approaches movement work, especially for the voices of Black Women for healing and reversing the trauma of oppression through mindfulness and community. She graduated from the 200-hr yoga teacher training program at Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute in 2017 and champions social justice as a spiritual practice. In her spare time, she hosts a consciousness book circle for holding deep conversations through personal story and immersive experiences that are inspired by personal growth books. She believes curiosity is key for individual and collective transformation.

Danielle Garcia
Community Organizer, Climate Justice - Tampa Bay
Danielle@organizeflorida.org

Danielle grew up in Bosque Farms, New Mexico on a family farm. From an early age, Danielle was passionate about working with young girls of color getting involved in leadership roles around science topics. With a lot of support and scholarships, she came to St. Petersburg, Florida to pursue her education and to push herself out of her comfort zone. Attending Eckerd College, Danielle was a Co-Founder of a social justice club, Latinos Unidos, making it the first of it's kind to ever be on the campus. During her time there, she saw how lack representation of people of color are in the classroom and made it her mission to bring awareness and understanding She also saw from her personal life how environmental efforts lacked a focus on people of color and was a voice of perspective. She graduated with a B.A. in Geology with a focus in human involvement.

Danielle now resides in Tampa, Florida. She has grown even more passionate about climate justice, bringing an equitable system of Sustainability and having an intersectional perspective to social justice. When she is not organizing, Danielle loves to read, build her comic collection, listen to podcasts and finding local gems.

Sophia Glover
Sr. Lead Organizer, Orlando
Sophia@organizeflorida.org

Sophia Glover is a Community Organizer with Organize NOW. Born in Louisiana, Sophia came to Central Florida more than 40 years ago. She has been active in her community for many years. Sophia has participated in voter registration drives, informed her neighbors about their voting rights and disseminated information about upcoming elections. She was a field manager for the Alan Grayson Congressional campaign in 2010 and after the campaign ended, was a trainer for Working America. Sophia was active in the Earned Sick Time fight in Orange County, and helped to collect signed petitions and educated her neighbors about the issue. Sophia currently lives in Apopka and she takes pride in her work and her family. She loves the people she works for and works with.

Christine Gomez
Operations Clerk & Membership Coordinator - Orlando
Christine@organizeflorida.org

Bio Coming Soon

Ashley Green
Regional Community Organizer - Central Florida
Reign Hervey
Digital & Online Community Organizer
Siottis Jackson
Regional Community Organizer - North Florida
Rodney Johnson
Community Organizer - Tampa Bay
Ashley Green
Regional Community Organizer - Central Florida
Ashley@organizeflorida.org

Bio Coming Soon

Reign Hervey
Digital & Online Community Organizer
Reign@organizeflorida.org

Reign Hervey serves as the Digital & Online Community Organizer with Organize Florida. Growing up, she lived abroad, participated in theater and wrote for her school & local paper. During her studies at the University of South Florida, Reign obtained her B.A. in Sociology, her M.A. in Communication and became passionate about the power of using digital platforms to move people forward towards social change.

In her free time, Reign reviews local restaurants on her Black feminist-vegan blog, travels and cooks.

Siottis Jackson
Regional Community Organizer - North Florida
Siottis@organizeflorida.org

Bio Coming Soon

Rodney Johnson
Community Organizer - Tampa Bay
Rodney@organizeflorida.org

Bio coming soon

Vanessa Keverenge
Civic Engagement & Political Community Organizer, Kissimmee
Debbie King
Sr. Lead Organizer, Tampa Bay
Elton Lassiter
Political Community Organizer, Tampa Bay
Amaris Leon
Political Community Organizer, Orlando
Vanessa Keverenge
Civic Engagement & Political Community Organizer, Kissimmee
Vanessa@organizeflorida.org

Bio Coming Soon

Debbie King
Sr. Regional Lead Organizer, Expansion Counties
Debbie@organizeflorida.org

Debbie was raised in Tampa and came from a politically active family. She believes that our community has untapped power to solve the many problems we currently face. Debbie envisions a Florida where we lead the world in addressing global warming through radical sustainable energy policies focusing on inclusive economic development, where women and other minorities have an equal place at the table in major local and statewide policy decisions, and where our progressive movement revolves around building deep lasting relationships with people who are organized, supported, and encouraged into leadership roles. The cornerstone to her vision is you; what tools do you need, what do you envision for your future? She wants each Floridian to use their power to be the change they wish to see in the world.

Debbie started rabble rousing in 2003 in the wake of the buildup of the war in Iraq. She has volunteered in local and national electoral campaigns, worked and volunteered with the Florida Consumer Action Network, The Sierra Club, the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, Equality Florida and others.

Elton Lassiter
Political Community Organizer, Tampa Bay
Elton@organizeflorida.org

Elton Lassiter, a resident of Tampa FL for over 30 years, has been active in organizing and empowering poor and disenfranchised citizens in the Tampa Bay area since 2014. Whether through non-profit organizations or through his church Elton has always been a leader when it comes to helping those in need. Elton began his organizing career at Next Gen in 2014 and most recently lead the charge in Hillsborough County, on behalf of Organize Florida, recruiting volunteers, organizing community events and raising awareness surrounding Amendment 4. His strong work ethic and dedication paid off this past November with the passing of Amendment 4 by over 60%.

Now, as the Political Community Organizer, Elton is looking forward to creating relationships with our elected officials, developing and empowering leaders within our communities and working together, to ensure that the needs of our communities are met!

Amaris Leon
Political Community Organizer, Orlando
Amaris@organizeflorida.org

Determined to make the world a better place and realizing there are a finite number of ways to make positive change for people's lives on a large scale, Amaris made the decision to pursue a career in political work and legislative work. Amaris holds a Bachelor's degree in legal studies and will be graduating from Florida A&M College of Law in May 2019 with her Juris Doctorate. Amaris became involved with Organize Florida in August of 2018 to work as an Community & Electoral Organizer for the Win Justice campaign. Since then she has transitioned as the Political Community Organizer for Orlando.

In addition to working with Organize Florida and pursuing her law degree, Amaris is also a volunteer with a national non-profit called Rise, working to create rights and protections for rape survivors. Amaris' background and education has given her experience in legal research and writing, relationship building and policy work, as well as an in depth working knowledge of the legislative process and legal system.

Robin Lockett
Sr. Lead Organizer, Tampa Bay
Estefany Londono
Community Organizer, Reproductive Justice - Orlando
Krizia Lopez
Sr. Lead Organizer, Kissimmee
Alaina Marshall
Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
Robin Lockett
Sr. Lead Organizer, Tampa Bay
Robin@organizeflorida.org

Robin Lockett lives in Tampa, Florida. She has worked as a Legal Assistant for a State Agency, was recently the Owner of Lockett & Associates Appraisal Services for 10 years, she dissolved her company when the market crashed. She is the mother of 2 Cedric who lives in California and has 2 sons Gavin and Dallas and Xavier who has recently graduated from the University of the Cumberlands. She has been involved in the community for many years, she started out with the NAACP as the Political Chair working within the community educating the community regarding issues, conducting voters registration events, and hosting candidates forum; She was the African American Liaison for the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections also educating the community regarding voting rights and conducting voter registration events; She worked as a Regional Director of Fair Districts decided to participate with getting this amendment on the ballot and was very successful. She decided to support the imitative because she felt it would provide power to the black community instead of history only offering 1 black seat and everyone fighting for that seat. Attempting to make sure the electoral lines were as fair as possible. Being the PTA Political Chair was an exciting experience, assisting with writing a platform and being involved in the process and President of the Hillsborough County Democratic Black Caucus is an adventure within itself. To have a vision that others want to be a part of and attempt to fulfil for the betterment of our community. I am a firm believer that knowledge is power and being informed is a must. My goal has been to educate the community regarding who they are voting for and why! I really believe power is with the people and that's why working with Organize Now is exciting because they have and are proving that power is with the people, we just need to get them to really buy into it and once that is done the sky will not be the limit it can go beyond!

Estefany Londono
Community Organizer, Reproductive Justice - Orlando
Estefany@organizeflorida.org

As an undergraduate at UCF, Estefany's passion for human rights and social justice fueled by her personal experiences led her to get involved in social justice movement work as a member-leader of Organize Florida’s Reproductive Justice Committee and member of Planned Parenthood’s Speakers Bureau. Today she is Organize Florida’s Community Organizer for Reproductive Justice where she works to develop a leadership and organizing framework for Black and Latina women & Femme leaders. Together they work to protect the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children and be able to raise families in safe and sustainable communities.

Additionally, Estefany is a graduate student obtaining her M.A. in Applied Sociology and a graduate certificate in Gender Studies at the University of Central Florida where she studies reproductive justice, social inequalities and girls studies. She plans on pursuing a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies and continue her career as a scholar activist.

Estefany is an Aquarius who was born in Queens, New York to Colombian immigrant parents and enjoys yoga and grocery shopping in her spare time.

Krizia Lopez
Sr. Lead Organizer, Kissimmee
Krizia@organizeflorida.org

Krizia Ivelisse Lopez Arce is a proud Boricua in Central Florida! She was born and raised in Ponce, PR but adopted by Santurce, PR. She graduated from the University of the Sacred Heart in Santurce and holds two bachelor's degrees, one in Communications & Public Relations and the other in Marketing. Before arriving here, she was, for 8 years, a Radio Producer and Communications Specialist in Puerto Rico.

Since childhood her grandfather taught her the importance of the power of the people and that every elected official must work and strive for the welfare of the people. After Hurricane Maria she moved to Central Florida like a lot of Puerto Ricans refugees that escaped from the disaster and devastation looking for a better life and opportunities.

In those first months living in Florida, she saw an article in a Puerto Rican newspaper about Organize Florida and its work with the Puerto Rican refugees. At that time she thought she wanted to work with and for her people. Then she applied for a work position and now she is a Sr. Lead Organizer in Kissimmee. She works directly with the Puerto Rican and LatinX communities. For her, it is enriching to be able to educate people and make them understand their rights as citizens because education is power.

Alaina Marshall
Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
Alaina@organizeflorida.org

Alaina Marshall has been a resident of the greater Orlando area for most of her life. She appreciates the strong and vibrant community this area has to offer as well as the abundance of natural wonders to explore. In her free time, she utilizes the Merritt Island wildlife refuge and many other state parks and waterways. She enjoys kayaking, painting, music, compassionate conversations and jigsaw puzzles.

Social justice has always been a calling for Alaina. She can remember back to her high school advocacy helping to start a “Gay-Straight Alliance” at her high school. Her involvement deepened when the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline drew her to the world of rallies and community gatherings. After finding out about the local battle for clean water against a natural gas pipeline, the Sabal Trail Pipeline, she began to host protests and become deeply involved in the fight for clean water. These interactions allowed her to blossom as an activist and entrenched her in the local environmental and social justice scene.

She is now the Executive Assistant at Organize Florida offering support to both the Executive Director & Co-Founder, the Executive Team & Department and all others who come to the door. Her days are spent learning about socialism, gardening and taking care of her nephew, Tennyson, and niece, Sanura.

Kiyla Paterson
Community Organizer, Housing, Orlando
Aashutosh Pyakuryal
Community Organizer, FSPN
Andrea Romero
Sr. Leadership Development Manager
Mark Shipley
Civic Engagement Community Organizer, Orlando
Kiyla Paterson
Community Organizer, Housing, Orlando
Kiyla@organizeflorida.org

Kiyla is a lifelong Floridian. Her passion resides in nonprofit work, Game of Thrones lore and her two very adorable nephews. Kiyla leads the membership drive for Organize Florida in affiliation with Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) – a strategic national partner. She currently resides in Orlando with her pet tarantula, Varys and her ball python, Vagar.

Aashutosh Pyakuryal
Community Organizer, FSPN
Aashutosh@organizeflorida.org

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Andrea Romero
Sr. Leadership Development Manager
Andrea@organizeflorida.org

Andrea Romero was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and moved to Orlando in 1996. After 12 years of work for the Pharmaceutical and Fashion Design industries and relocating to different cities around Florida she felt a strong need to find more meaning to life and a way to give back. After a long year of retro-inspective work and travels around the world, Andrea decided to move back to Orlando where she joined Organize Now. She worked on the voter registration program during the 2016 election; informing our Latino communities about their voting rights and disseminating information about upcoming elections.

Andrea strongly believes in the integration of mindfulness practices into social justice and anti-oppression work, she believes oppressed communities can greatly benefit from contemplative practices because they can help us unlearn the conditioned responses that uphold systems of oppression, and this is now the emphasis of her work. During her free time, Andrea enjoys practicing yoga, connecting with nature, traveling to new places, reading good books and dancing Salsa and a good Tango.

Mark Shipley
Civic Engagement Community Organizer, Orlando
Mark@organizeflorida.org

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Donique Sinclair
Operations Clerk & Membership Coordinator, Tampa Bay
Michelle Suarez
Regional Director, Orlando
Carlos Torrealba
Community Organizer, Disaster Resiliency - Central Florida
Tamula Turner-Allen
Community Organizer - Tampa Bay
Donique Sinclair
Operations Clerk & Membership Coordinator, Tampa Bay
Donique@organizeflorida.org

Bio coming soon!

Michelle Suarez
Regional Director, Orlando
Michelle@organizeflorida.org

Michelle C. Suarez, a native of Bogota, Colombia, has resided in Central Florida for almost two decades. Her deep love and commitment to justice and liberation are rooted in her family’s journey as immigrants in the United States.

In the past 5 years, Michelle has done community organizing efforts to advance climate and environmental justice in Florida and nationwide including pipeline resistance, fossil fuel divestment, ban fracking initiatives, social equity in sustainability, disaster resiliency, leadership development for womxn and communities of color, electoral work and more. Michelle has trained with Jobs with Justice, Latino Leadership Institute, Inc. and United Faculty of Florida at UCF, Evolutionary Leadership, among others. Currently, she serves as Regional Director for Organize Florida in Orlando and as Sr. Advisor and Environmental Justice Lead for Florida Student Power Network. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Power Shift Network.

Michelle’s personal theory of change is one at the crossroads of healing from trauma and systems of oppression, manifesting alternative collaborative systems and creative self-expression. More than anything, Michelle is a loving friend who values community and cares deeply about her people and mother earth.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida; areas of study include humanities, philosophy, religion, popular culture, music and environmental studies.

Carlos Torrealba
Community Organizer, Disaster Resiliency - Central Florida
Carlos@organizeflorida.org

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Tamula Turner-Allen
Community Organizer - Tampa Bay
Tamula@organizeflorida.org

Tamula Turner-Allen is a resident of St. Petersburg Florida and the proud mother of three beautiful children. Tamula has been involved in some type of organizing since her children were younger. She volunteered at their schools on a regular basis and helped wherever needed. Her passion really ignited when she led a clothing drive to hand out to less fortunate children. Her "Movement" experience began in 2007 during the Obama election by canvassing for the Obama campaign, and getting people registered to vote in a very historical moment. She then went to work in an influential campaign, Fight For $15 as a Home Care Organizer where she organized many homecare workers, fast food workers, and other low wage workers to stand up and fight for a higher living wage and to also have union rights. Tamula has lobbied in Tallahassee and Washington D.C. on issues that matter. She is most prideful being a Community Organizer and being able to share the stories and memories of those that she has met along the way through protesting, marching and rallying!

Rhyane Wagner
Sr. Leadership Development Manager, Political
Ronda Wallace
Membership Canvass Director, Orlando (CPD)
Korey Wheeler
Civic Engagement Community Organizer, Orlando & Kissimmee
Rhyane Wagner
Sr. Leadership Development Manager, Political
Rhyane@organizeflorida.org

Rhyane Wagner currently serves as the Sr. Leadership Development Manager, Political in Organize Florida, where she will be cultivating the Political Leadership Path curriculum. Rhyane previously served as the Field Director, Central Florida, where she led one of the top voter registration/field programs statewide. Rhyane brings thirteen years of grassroots, field operations and electoral civic engagement experience. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Rhyane’s passion for politics stems from a deep-rooted commitment to continuing the legacy of social and racial justice set forth by the movement builders who came before her.

Ronda Wallace
Membership Canvass Director, Orlando (CPD)
Ronda@organizeflorida.org

Ronda Wallace is a true Floridian, born in Key West and later moved to Orlando in 1992. Her charisma is matched by her loving demeanor. Ronda is a loving Mother of her 4 children and she started making a difference in Orlando when she became a Canvasser during the Earned sicktTime Campaign back in 2012 with Organize Florida (formerly Organize Now).

Ronda has then made her way in the canvassing world, creating an arsenal of experience that will later help her bloom into what she is today.
She now leads the membership canvass/drive for Organize Florida in affiliation with one of the organizations strategic national partners, the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD).

Korey Wheeler
Civic Engagement Community Organizer, Orlando & Kissimmee
Korey@organizeflorida.org

Korey Wheeler is a Freedom Fighter, a breaker of chains and a human rights activist who joined Organize Florida in 2014 because he was tired of sitting back watching Black and Brown people get shot. So he decided to take action! He worked on many different campaigns including Obamacare and candidate based campaigns. He also sat on the Organize Florida Education Fund’s board as the Board Chair. He is happy to be on this journey to make our world a better place.