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

Stephanie Porta was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. After graduating with honors from American University in Washington DC, she worked on several campaigns including raising Florida's minimum wage in 2004, passing police accountability reforms in Orange County, as well as winning foreclosure prevention programs and affordable utility campaigns and more.

In 2010, Stephanie co-founded Organize Now & Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment to work on the needs of Florida's low and moderate income communities and is currently executive director for both. For more than a decade, Ms. Porta has worked on successful campaigns for candidates and issues— including environmental justice, community safety, community development, health care, public education and more.

More recently, Stephanie led the effort to pass Earned Sick Time in Orange County in 2014. Stephanie has been recognized by the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Weekly and Orlando Magazine for her leadership around government transparency and issues facing the working poor.

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, where his role is to support the success of each department, and to provide organizational 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, and CRAVE, Inc. to name a few. 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 and add to his personal library, and immerse himself in classical music as a performer and audience member!

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
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

Bio Coming Soon

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

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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, Puerto Rican Diaspora - 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, Puerto Rican Diaspora - Orlando
Giovanni@organizeflorida.org

Bio Coming Soon

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
Laura Dowler
Resource Development Manager
Latoya Dyer
Administrative Clerk
Amala Ekpunobi
Community Organizer, FSPN High School Outreachr
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.

Laura Dowler
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

Amala Ekpunobi
Community Organizer, FSPN High School Outreach
Amala@organizeflorida.org

Bio Coming Soon

Mika Gainer
Resource Development Coordinator
Sophia Glover
Community Organizer - Orlando
Reign Hervey
Digital & Online Community Organizer
Rodney Johnson
Community Organizer - Tampa Bay
Mika Gainer
Resource Development Coordinator
Mika@organizeflorida.org

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Sophia Glover
Community 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.

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

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

Bio coming soon

Debbie King
Sr. Lead Organizer, Tampa Bay
Robin Lockett
Sr. Lead Organizer, Tampa Bay
Estefany Londono
Community Organizer, Reproductive Justice - Orlando
Krizia Lopez
Community Organizer - Kissimmee
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.

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

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Krizia Lopez
Community Organizer - Kissimmee
Krizia@organizeflorida.org

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Kiyla Paterson
Community Organizer, Housing, Orlando
Bleu Rainer
Community Organizer, Tampa Bay
Andrea Romero
Sr. Leadership Development Manager
Michelle Suarez
Sr. Lead Organizer & Climate Justice Organizer - Central Florida
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.

Bleu Rainer
Community Organizer, Tampa Bay
Bleu@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.

Michelle Suarez
Sr. Lead Organizer & Climate Justice Organizer - Central Florida
Michelle@organizeflorida.org

Michelle Suarez is a Climate and Environmental Organizer, Volunteer, Activist, Mentor and Community leader. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Michelle has resided in Central Florida for the past 16 years. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Central Florida. Her disciplines include Humanities: Philosophy, Religion, and Popular Culture, Music Performance, and Environmental Studies. Michelle has been a long-time advocate for Sustainability and Climate/Environmental Justice. Her organizing experience includes involvement with resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, on-campus Divestment campaign , and Change the Course trainings. Michelle believes in bringing change through an intersectional and interdisciplinary approach that includes racial, socioeconomic, gender, spiritual, and ecological lense. Michelle has been a vegetarian most of her life, enjoys reading, watching foreign and independent films, and taking care of Monarch butterflies, her two dogs and her Bearded Dragon lizard

Carlos Torrealba
Community Organizer, Disaster Resiliency - Central Florida
Tamula Turner-Allen
Community Organizer - Tampa Bay
Rhyane Wagner
Field Director - Orlando
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
Field Director - Orlando
Rhyane@organizeflorida.org

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