Our Team

We are New Florida Majority.

Andrea Cristina Mercado

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Andrea Cristina Mercado is the Executive Director of New Florida Majority and the New Florida Majority Education Fund. The daughter of immigrants from South America, who made South Florida home, Andrea has been organizing in communities of color and immigrant communities for over a decade. 

Andrea is one of the co-founders of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and led the California Domestic Worker Coalition, a statewide effort to include domestic workers in labor laws, which successfully passed Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Legislation in 2013. While she was Director of Campaigns at NDWA seven states passed similar legislation. She went on to lead nationally recognized campaigns for immigrant and worker rights such as We Belong Together, and the 100 women 100 mile pilgrimage for migrant dignity. She was the Political Director and Lead Organizer at Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), a grassroots Latina immigrant women’s organization in the San Francisco Bay Area for eight years, organizing around domestic violence, immigrant rights and economic justice. 

Previously, she lived and worked in Bahia, Brazil with IPETERRAS, a sustainable agriculture and farmworker rights project. Andrea is raising her daughters in South Florida and fighting for their future.


Victricia Simmons

CHIEF OF STAFF


Moné Holder

SENIOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR – POLICY, ADVOCACY & RESEARCH


Danielle Goodman

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR


Cheryl R. Waide

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR


Natalia Jaramillo

DEPUTY COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR


Jabari Mickles

DIGITAL ORGANIZING FELLOW


Destanie Morman

NORTH FLORIDA COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR


Jackie Jahosky

DATA DIRECTOR


Michael Ingram

DATA MANAGER


Elizabeth Caskey

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER


Nathalie Domon

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER


Shawn Duncan

OFFICE MANAGER


Dwight Bullard

POLITICAL DIRECTOR

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State Senator Dwight M. Bullard hails from an esteemed educator, community activist and legislator family. His mother, Larcenia J. Bullard, has served in both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. His father, Edward B. Bullard, was also a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2000-2008. 

From 2000 to 2017, Sen. Bullard was a teacher at Coral Reef Senior High School; in 2008, he was sworn into office as representative of District 118 and was reelected subsequently. In 2012 Senator Bullard was elected to the Florida Senate, where he served as Vice Chair of the Transportation and Agriculture committees, as well as maintaining membership on Education and several other committees. He retains membership in the Democrats of South Dade Club, the Ron Brown Democratic Caucus, 100 Black Men of South Florida, as well as the J. L. King Prince Hall Masonic Lodge and the Richmond-Perrine Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. 

In 2017 Bullard was hired as the Political Director of the New Florida Majority. In this capacity he works to bring political education and awareness to underserved and often marginalized communities. His work now, much like his previous roles, looks to uplift people in a way that makes them the masters of their own destiny.


Melanie McRae

ELECTORAL FIELD DIRECTOR


Irene Valdez

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT


Steve Luis

FINANCE / OPERATIONS MANAGER


Valencia “Vee” Gunder

CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM MANAGER


Nubian Roberts

CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM ORGANIZER


Tray Johns

CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM ORGANIZER


Teresa Guzman Pagan

SENIOR VOTER REGISTRATION MANAGER


Daniel Garcia

STATEWIDE VOTER REGISTRATION MANAGER


Mwai Osahar

STATEWIDE VOTER REGISTRATION EVENTS MANAGER


Debora Carter

VOTER REGISTRATION ORGANIZER


Serena Perez

STATEWIDE ORGANIZING DIRECTOR


Michael Todd

NORTH FLORIDA LEAD ORGANIZER


Joanne Pérodin

CLIMATE JUSTICE PROGRAM MANAGER


Monalisa Weber

CLIMATE JUSTICE ORGANIZER


Steven Jones

CLIMATE JUSTICE ORGANIZER


MacKenzie Marcelin

CLIMATE JUSTICE ORGANIZER


Carlos Naranjo

BROWARD COUNTY DEMOCRACY ORGANIZER


Bertisha Combs

BROWARD COUNTY ORGANIZER


Kelli Thomas

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY ORGANIZER


Gina Romero

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY ORGANIZER


Christian Gonzalez-Orbegoso

NORTH FLORIDA ORGANIZER


Anne Pierre

PALM BEACH COUNTY ORGANIZER


Ysabella Osses

GENDER JUSTICE ORGANIZER


Updates

Civil Rights Organizations File Lawsuit to Ensure Floridians Impacted by COVID-19 Can Participate in Presidential Primary Election

The plaintiffs allege the state’s failure to extend vote-by-mail deadlines, adjust early voting dates, and expand mail ballot transmission options amounts to a denial of critical voter opportunities in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. The state’s refusal to take reasonable emergency election measures will prevent Floridians from participating in Tuesday’s Presidential Primary elections. Continue >
Criminal Justice
BREAKING: ‘Tammy Jackson Act’ Unanimously Passes the Florida State House

BREAKING: ‘Tammy Jackson Act’ Unanimously Passes the Florida State House

The bill ensures protections for pregnant incarcerated women and their babies

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In the Community
First-Time Voters and Returning Citizens Marched to the Polls During Early Voting in Jacksonville
Criminal Justice
BREAKING: ‘Tammy Jackson Act’ Unanimously Passes Final House Committee

BREAKING: ‘Tammy Jackson Act’ Unanimously Passes Final House Committee

The bill ensures protections for pregnant incarcerated women and their babies

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In the News
BREAKING: ‘Tammy Jackson Act’ Unanimously Passes its Second Senate Committee

BREAKING: ‘Tammy Jackson Act’ Unanimously Passes its Second Senate Committee

The bill ensures protections for pregnant incarcerated women and their babies

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Expanding Democracy
Florida Primary: NewFM Launches Massive Voter Outreach to Support Elizabeth Warren

Florida Primary: NewFM Launches Massive Voter Outreach to Support Elizabeth Warren

One month ahead of the Florida Primary, NewFM will set to reach 600,000 Latinx, Black, Haitian, young voters and women of color in Florida, to talk to them about Elizabeth Warren and her plans

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Climate
NEW REPORT: Policy Recommendations for Post-Climate Disaster Recovery in Florida

NEW REPORT: Policy Recommendations for Post-Climate Disaster Recovery in Florida

On January 28, 2020 Resilience Force and New Florida Majority unveiled their comprehensive new report, A People’s Framework for Disaster Response: Rewriting the Rules of Recovery After Climate Disasters, a groundbreaking examination of the current state of Florida’s hurricane recovery, with a particular focus on the inequities faced by the resilience workforce that support recovery…

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Press Releases
Formerly Incarcerated Women Lobby Legislators for Dignity for Pregnant Women in Prison

Formerly Incarcerated Women Lobby Legislators for Dignity for Pregnant Women in Prison

The Delegation joined Rep. Jones, Sen. Pizzo and Rep. Mercado at a press conference in support of the Tammy Jackson Act for Incarcerated Pregnant Women

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Criminal Justice
BREAKING: ‘Tammy Jackson Act’ for Incarcerated Pregnant Women Passes First Senate Committee

BREAKING: ‘Tammy Jackson Act’ for Incarcerated Pregnant Women Passes First Senate Committee

852 ensures protections for pregnant incarcerated individuals in labor in correctional facilities

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Legislative Updates
Will the 2020 Legislative Session Protect Floridians’ Freedoms or Greedy Corporations

Will the 2020 Legislative Session Protect Floridians’ Freedoms or Greedy Corporations

Community Groups Discuss Florida’s Legislative Priorities that Protect Floridian’s Freedoms like Driving Without Fear, Affordable Homes, Dignity for Incarcerated Women and Access to Abortions, among others

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Press Releases
Momentum to Keep JEA Public Grows in Jacksonville

Momentum to Keep JEA Public Grows in Jacksonville

The New Florida Majority has launched a petition urging residents to oppose the privatization of the community-owned Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA)

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Press Releases
The New Florida Majority Endorses Elizabeth Warren for President

The New Florida Majority Endorses Elizabeth Warren for President

Group that reached 1.5 million Florida voters in 2018 will mobilize for Warren's big structural change in Democratic Primary

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