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Andrea Cristina Mercado

Andrea Cristina Mercado (she/her/ella), Executive Director of Florida Rising, leads scaled civic engagement programs, and strategic campaigns that center Black and Brown communities. Florida Rising is the result of the merger of New Florida Majority and Organize Florida. Under her leadership New Florida Majority registered over 150,000 Floridians to vote. The daughter of immigrants from […]

Moné Holder

Moné Holder (she/her/hers) is the Senior Director of Advocacy & Programs at Florida Rising. Moné has led the organization in the fight for voting rights on the local, state, and national levels and develops strategies to build Black political power in the state. Moné has over a decade of policy experience stemming from her work […]

Chevalier Lovett

Chevalier Lovett (he/him, they/them) proudly serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Florida Rising. Born and raised on the historic West Side of Winter Park, FL – Chevalier has spent more than 15+ years in senior leadership positions in local & national roles within the nonprofit sector which includes positions with the YMCA, City Year […]

Sheena Rolle

Sheena Rolle (she/her/hers) is a child of God and a child of the movement.  As the daughter of a pastor and a union president, her faith has always merged with the idea of a just world. She is a Co-Founder of Organize Now (which grew into Organize Florida) and serves as the Senior Director of […]

Victricia Simmons

Victricia Simmons (she/her/hers) currently serves as Chief of Staff at Florida Rising where she manages the Development, Finance and Human Resources departments. Victricia is a Miami native who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Healthcare Management from Florida A&M University in 2009, and went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Administration […]

Letitia Harmon


Letitia Harmon is the Policy and Research Director. She graduated from the University of Washington and began working on gender-based violence prevention policies in India, Kuwait, and Kenya. Since then, she’s worked as a consultant for Department of Justice projects, including President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, an International Human Rights Consultant, and […]

Ivanna Gonzalez


As our Director of Campaigns, Ivanna Gonzalez coordinates our issue-based organizing work in voting and housing rights, and reproductive, climate, and criminal justice to ensure that Florida Rising’s members are winning equitable investments in our communities across Florida. Ivanna is a first-generation immigrant from Caracas, Venezuela, and was raised in Miami. She began organizing alongside […]

Amy Busefink


Amy is the Director of Movement Politics at Florida Rising. Amy graduated from Florida State University in 2003 with a B.A. in Political Science and has been an organizer in Florida for 11 years.  She has dedicated her career to fighting for Florida’s minimum wage, and developing and executing national voter registration field programs including […]

Linda de la Nuez

Linda De La Nuez

Linda is the Operations Director at Florida Rising, and has worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade. A Massachusetts native and daughter of Portuguese immigrants, she is a first-generation college graduate holding a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Accounting from Fisher College. She has also completed over 200 certifications in […]

Dwight Bullard

Dwight Bullard

Dwight M. Bullard is the Senior Political Advisor of Florida Rising. Leading the organization to bring political education and awareness to underserved and often marginalized communities, he uplifts people in a way that makes them the masters of their own destiny. In 2008, he was sworn into office as representative of District 118 and was […]