Born and raised in Haiti, Tessa has always had a passion for helping others. She moved to the United States in 2001 and worked in social services with the Haitian community and with families experiencing homelessness. While overseeing various shelters, Tessa observed that direct services address symptoms of inequality and that equity and justice will only be realized through structural transformation. She brought her passion for social justice to FLIC in 2016, where she helped to expand direct services in conjunction with issue-advocacy, capacity building and consciousness raising. Tessa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Barry University, and served our coalition as Director of Finance and Operations prior to becoming FLIC's co-Executive Director in 2021. As she co-leads FLIC, Tessa aspires to foster collaboration among Black Immigrants, and to further expand FLIC's civic engagement in a continuum.
Renata first joined FLIC as a volunteer in 2011, when the We Are Florida campaign was taking shape. Throughout the years, Renata maintained a commitment to social justice and continued to elevate our communities through education, community service, and civic engagement. She has supported initiatives that advance racial justice, women’s rights, economic equity, and participatory politics while serving on multiple boards and committees within different non-profits. Prior to joining FLIC’s team, Renata worked for 9 years as a teaching assistant/instructor in South Florida. She received her MA in Women & Gender Studies from Florida Atlantic University and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology (international migration focus) at Florida International University.
Adriana is a native of Puerto Rico and has a BA in Communications from the University of Puerto Rico. She has worked in the private and non-profit sectors, bringing forward her knowledge of marketing and communications strategies. Since her debut into political work, she has already been featured in the media as an expert on the Puerto Rican constituency and she was one of the Latinx comms professionals featured in “‘We Are Más’ Top Democratic Latina/Latino Strategists and Communicators in the State of Florida 2020.”She excels in digital marketing and has a passion for social justice, especially when it concerns disadvantaged communities, disparities, and inequities. In her spare time, she likes to teach her skills to others and is passionate about traveling, world cultures, and genealogy.
Born and raised in Florida, David is a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations.David’s experience ranges across local and federal government agencies. Most recently, David has been working on electoral campaigns and initiatives across Florida to uplift and advance progressive causes. He also manages a South Florida consulting firm where he serves numerous campaigns, voter registration efforts, and ballot initiatives.
Rosa Elera is a Peruvian-American digital communications professional born in Miami,FL with a history in South Florida politics having worked on Judicial, Municipal and Congressional campaigns in Miami-Dade County. Overseeing as well as managing Social Media content and copy,Print/ Digital ads, event coordination, and organizing strategy.
She Graduated in August 2020 from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Minor in International Relations. She is also Certified in Global Media Communications. While in college she also served as an E-board member for both UN Women FIU and Pi Sigma Alpha The Political Honors Society local chapters.
Also interning as a political contributor for FIU’s South Florida Media Network, she was an intern for Coral Gables Love, Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade and Reach Voters.
She currently holds a volunteer position as Community Outreach Chair with The Woman’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County and an active member of the Democratic Executive Committee and the Miami-Dade Young Democrats. Rosa is passionate about working toward and amplifying our immigrant community rights and overall social justice.
Andres is a graphic designer and part of the FLIC communications team. Born in 1993 in Valencia, Venezuela, he has experience in the field of arts and graphic design. He arrived in the USA in 2017 as a political refugee due to his work as an independent journalist and reporting the realities of his country to the world. He sought in America the opportunity to start over and be free to express his worldview through art and photography.
Stephanie Wall was born in Sogamoso, Colombia, and came to the United States at the age of four with her immediate family. She attended the Miami Dade Honors College where she became an active member and leader in the immigrant rights community organizing against deportations and family separation while advocating for the passage of the Dream Act and Immigration Reform. Stephanie is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management at UCF while working with the Florida Immigrant Coalition. The majority of her work at FLIC was steered towards building connection, capacity, and consciousness through movement organizing. Currently serving as the organization’s Director of Operations, Stephanie now applies an equitable and inclusive lens that was cultivated through her external work to all departments. Stephanie is a new mom and a big dog lover; she enjoys spending her free time playing around with her husband, baby, and their dog, Java.
Hello, I'm Gamer/Gämer. I migrated from Sudan to Florida when I was five years old. I graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2020 with a degree in neuropsychology and minors in global health politics and cultural anthropology. For the past 5 years, I've gained experience in full stack development, data analytics, and operations management. I'm passionate about advocacy around drug stigmatization, bioethics, abolition, art, land and environmental justice, and community care. I am excited to build with the organization.
Edwin Castro was born in Cartagena, Colombia, and came to the United States at seventeen. Edwin pursued a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Administration at Northwestern State University in 2019. He is currently doing an MBA at Atlantis University. His biggest Dream is to create a Foundation to offer resources to the international student community as he received before and to transfer his motto that "Giving Up is not an option in this country."
Patricia came from Colombia to live in the United States in 2000. She has a degree in Marketing and Administration and more than 25 years of experience with multinational companies in Colombia and Miami. Since she was a teenager, she joined the YWCA (Association of Young Christian Women)and the Red Cross with her mother, helping social justice programs for the neediest in Bogota. Patricia has been working for FLIC since 2013 as Office Manager. Since 2018 she has continued to improve the office organization and now she also assists with IT coordination, Logistics, and HR. For 3+ years, she also has volunteered with the detainees’ visitation program at BTC through FOBD org.
Olga is from Bolivia; she moved to Florida in 2016 after living for almost ten years in Mexico, working in the Human Resources area for different local and multinational organizations. As an immigrant herself, she has always been conscious of the difficulties the people have to go through when arriving in a foreign country. She’s a Psychologist with MA in Human Resources and has 15 years of experience in HR. She’s also passionate about working with different causes such as environmental and mental health. Since her arrival to Florida, she has volunteered with an organization that creates awareness about water pollution and as a crisis counselor supporting people in crisis.