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Executive Director

Rhonda Thomas

Reverend Rhonda Thomas has a mission to “Build a Beloved Community in Florida where everyone feels a sense of Belonging.”

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Deputy Director

Nanci Palacios

Nanci's career began as a youth organizer, where she co-led campaigns that resulted in DACA and laws granting undocumented students in-state tuition rates in colleges and universities across the state.

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Deputy Director

Dr. Elizabeth Faulkner Jackson

Dr.Jackson is instrumental in training grassroots organizers to implement faith-based advocacy initiatives for multi-faith congregations and GOTV campaigns.

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Chief of Staff

Genesis Reyes

Genesis is working to implement and improve the organization’s administrative systems, policies, and procedures. 

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Democracy Director

Dr. LaVon Bracy

Dr. Bracy is the first African American to graduate from Alachua County’s Gainesville High School in 1965.An advocate for social justice and civil rights, LaVon has single-handedly registered more than 1200 people.

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Operations Manager

Yesenia Mendez

Yesenia has provided support to lead the organization to long term-operational excellence and support Faith in Florida’s mission of building a beloved community.

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Operations & Logistics Assistant

Lissette Harris

Starting as a super volunteer, Lissette has served as a Data Specialist and Regional Coordinator.  She leads the organization to the next level as we build a  beloved community.

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Data Coordinator

Jorge Garcia

Jorge is working to implement and improve the organization’s data department, providing full support to all FIF organizers and other staff members.

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HR Coordinator

Zanielle Wells

Currently studying Political Science and Sociology at the University of Central Florida, they are set to graduate in Spring of 2024. Since 2022, Zanielle has worked to support the various needs of Faith in Florida.

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Communications Coordinator

Loren Lyons

Loren started her career as a writer for an entertainment publication and was a brand strategist for local and nonprofit organizations. Loren looks forward to bringing her creativity and passion for helping others into her work.

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Treasure Coast Organizer

Alisia Harriel

In 2018 Alisia worked as a Field Organizer and Trainer for the For Our Future Fund, helping to restore the votes of over 1.4 million returning citizens.

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Hillsborough County Organizer

Denise Marrero

Bringing over two decades of experience as a grassroots community, labor, & political organizer, rooted in her upbringing in Camden, NJ. Inspired by her faith-driven mother & grandmother, she learned early on the importance of serving others & advocating for social justice.

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Broward County Organizer

Gregory Welch

Gregory, a returning citizen who believes in second chances, is passionate about voting rights and criminal justice reform, and aims to make a positive impact in his community.

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Research & Policy Coordinator

Linda Wiggins

Linda is very passionate about the work she is currently doing with Faith in Florida, which is geared towards fighting for the social, political, economic, and environmental justice needs of marginalized communities.

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Pinellas Organizer

Matthias Byrd

Matt is passionate about his community, being a voice for the impacted, and helping others find their voice and power to be the change they want to see.

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Palm Beach Organizer

Rae Whitely

Rae's mission is simple and ordained by God: Be a “kingdom influencer" wherever the Lord leads. He humbly continues to share his faith intentionally.

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Gadsden Organizer

Tracey Stallworth

Dr. Stallworth’s main objective is to advocate for FREEDOM, JUSTICE, and EQUALITY for the marginalized and disenfranchised citizens of North America by empowering people to organize, strategize and mobilize Truth to Power where it is needed the MOST.

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Treasure Coast Immigrant Organizer

Yan Morrison

Immigration organizer and Voter registration advocate. There is no power greater than the power of the people when we are joined together, as one. I plan to help my community realize their power and create change.

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Live Free Organizer

Denise Brown

Ms. Brown has devoted her life and career to public service with a special focus on youth and families impacted by gun violence. Her favorite quote is from the late Dr. Martin Luther King "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others."

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Broward Organizer

Dr. Rosalind Osgood

Dr. Osgood has served nine years on a Broward County School Board and is now the State Senator for Florida District 33.

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Riviera Beach Organizer

Dr. (Tony) Ferdinand Drayton

Dr. Drayton maintains a passion for social justice across a broad spectrum of divides. Faith In Florida offers a further platform to address such disparities.

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Pasco County Organizer

Marlowe Jones

a passionate resident of New Port Richey, FL, emerged as a prominent figure during the George protests, demonstrating his commitment to justice & equality with an unwavering belief in the power of peaceful activism, & passing the torch to the next generation of young Leaders in America.

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Miami-Dade Organizer

Nathalie Setoute

Nathalie has a heart for underserved communities and hopes to bridge policy, programming, and community work together to accomplish and implement initiatives that are practical, effective, and sustainable for all stakeholders.

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Central Dade Organizer

Rev. Dr. Cheryl Coleman

Her passion for equipping and empowering the marginalized in society fuels her organizing work as a member of the Faith In Florida team.

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Duval County Organizer

William Sweet

William is passionate about the work he is doing with Faith in Florida, addressing issues and fighting for the social, political, and economic justice for marginalized communities.

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Alicia Anderson

Pastor Alicia Anderson answered her call to the ministry in 2009 at Bethel CME Church under the leadership of Dr. John W. Walker, Jr. However, she’s been a servant of the vineyard for many years. She was the CYF and Young Adult President at Bethel along with holding the position of Young Adult President for 7 years for the Florida Region. Currently she serves as the secretary for the Florida Annual Conference.

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Dozell Varner

Pastor Dozell Varner is serving in his third year as a Democracy Fellow. He currently covers Broward, Dade, Volusia, Duval and Escambia counties. Dozell has served churches in Daytona Beach, Sterling, IL and currently in South Florida as Senior Pastor. He currently serves the good people of New LIfe - The Church Without Walls. He, along with his brother, hosts the Monday night forum, Dialogue With Dozie on Facebook and Youtube lives. 

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John Brown

Reverend John E. Brown is an organizer with Faith in Florida, conducting voter registration, voter education, and voter mobilization in Alachua, Columbia, Suwannee, Levy, Bradford, Hamilton, Dixie, Duval, and Taylor Counties. Rev. Brown is the Senior Pastor at St. Paul AME Church Gainesville located in the Windsor Community. 

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Ricardo Jackson

Having a degree in Political Science, coupled with a passion for government and policy, Rico joined Faith in Florida in 2020 as a Fellow.

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Bettye Watson

 Growing up during Jim Crow and segregation, Reverend Watson learned the importance of community at a very early age. The enforcement of racial segregation and disenfranchisement of black and brown people in this country defined how she would serve her beloved community. For most of her adult life she has been involved in community work, instrumental in the fight against voter suppression and is an advocate for voter education.

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Franklin Rich

Great bio coming to you soon!

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Karen Jackson Sims

Great bio coming to you soon!

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Richard Dames

Pastor Dames has a strong background in community organizing with a passion for community service. Pastor Richard Dames is committed to making a positive impact in the surrounding communities.

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