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

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 Continue >
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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Endorsements
New Florida Majority to host Statewide People’s Assembly and Endorse Presidential Candidate for 2020

New Florida Majority to host Statewide People’s Assembly and Endorse Presidential Candidate for 2020

Over 200 NewFM members, partners and activists are expected to convene in Palm Beach to “Reclaim Democracy” and build political power ahead of 2020  Palm Beach, FL – The New Florida Majority (NewFM) will host its Statewide People’s Assembly “Reclaim Democracy”, in Palm Beach on November 23-24, 2019, to build political power that centers Florida’s…

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Criminal Justice
Momentum for Criminal Justice Reform Grows in Florida

Momentum for Criminal Justice Reform Grows in Florida

Activist for Criminal Justice Reform, Alice Marie Johnson, joined the first ever ReformHER Symposium in South Florida to expose disparities and injustice for incarcerated women   Miami, FL – A movement seeking dignity for incarcerated women in Florida is picking up steam and gearing up for the legislative session in 2020. The New Florida Majority…

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Press Releases
Hundreds of Residents Served at “I Am We”: Free Community Resource Fair in Jacksonville

Hundreds of Residents Served at “I Am We”: Free Community Resource Fair in Jacksonville

The New Florida Majority and partner organizations hosted a Community Resource Fair to provide access to resources and opportunities including free food, haircuts, career services, HIV testing, and legal aid  Nearly 400 Jacksonville residents attended the I Am We: Community Resource Fair at IBEW Union Hall on Saturday, September 14th. The Fair was hosted by the New Florida…

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Climate
Community Organizations Ready to Respond After Hurricane Dorian

Community Organizations Ready to Respond After Hurricane Dorian

Community Centers Already Open in Miami-Dade, Broward and Duval Counties. Organizations Call for Volunteers and Donations

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Expanding Democracy
New Survey: New Florida Majority’s Base Leans Towards Warren, Harris and Sanders for the Democratic Nomination

New Survey: New Florida Majority’s Base Leans Towards Warren, Harris and Sanders for the Democratic Nomination

A majority women and people of color ranked candidates and issues in the organization’s first presidential survey

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Press Releases
SCOTUS Stands Against Discrimination But Supports Gerrymandering

SCOTUS Stands Against Discrimination But Supports Gerrymandering

Floridians have much to celebrate after the SCOTUS' decision to deny Trump’s request to add a citizenship question to the census.

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Press Releases

Governor DeSantis Signs Law to Terrorize Immigrant Families

Miami, FL – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to sign into law Senate Bill 168, one of the worst anti-immigrant laws in the nation after Arizona’s “show me your papers” law. The following is a statement from Andrea Mercado, Executive Director of the New Florida Majority: “When someone tells you who they are, believe…

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Criminal Justice
Florida Has New Law to Ensure Dignity for Incarcerated Women and Femmes

Florida Has New Law to Ensure Dignity for Incarcerated Women and Femmes

The law provides feminine hygiene products and increases protections for incarcerated women On Friday June 7th, several weeks after the Florida legislative session ended, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis finally signed into law the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act (HB 49/SB 332), aimed at providing medically necessary products to incarcerated women and femmes, and preventing male…

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