The importance of our communities having a voice in our democracy is clear as ever. State Tables across our network, like the Florida Civic Engagement Table (FLCET) play a huge role in making this a reality.
It’s with excitement that we announce Juanica Fernandes as the new Executive Director of the Florida 501(c3) Civic Engagement Table.
“There are a number of key things we’re working on to build BIPOC political power,” Juanica says. “We can start by making voting and access to voting a truly universal right, and lifting up often overlooked, undervalued, and oppressed communities—and the organizations that serve them—in the decision making process.”
Juanica Fernandes is a native Floridian. She’s committed to serving progressive values and causes, and her mission is to empower people and community organizations with tools to develop, monitor, implement, and improve effective outreach strategies to advance shared agendas and create permanent and lasting change.
Juanica was inspired to move from a career in banking and finance to public service and advocacy during the campaign for President Obama. During the campaign she coordinated several presidential visits and organized hundreds of volunteers across Central Florida.
For the past decade, Juanica has served in leadership positions on a host of campaigns and raised millions of dollars for candidates and various organizations. She enjoys reading, boxing, and spending time with her fiance, two loving children and their rambunctious dog, Chase.
Juanica is so excited to serve as the new Executive Director of FLCET. We would not have arrived at this point without the contributions of a host of committed leaders.
We’d like to extend the gratitude of everyone within the State Voices Network, the FLCET staff, and to the FLCET Transition Committee:
- Nancy Batista (Poder Latinx),
- Amy Busefink (Organize Florida),
- Jared Nordlund (Unidos),
- Ray Paultre (Florida Donor Alliance),
- Nicole Dixon (Real Women Radio),
- Victricia Simmons (New Florida Majority),
- Dan Xie (Student PIRGs),
- and Steven Montoya (State Voices).
We’d also like to express gratitude to the FLCET Advisory Council, Mark Ferrulo (Progress Florida), Pastor Gundy (First Coast Leadership Foundation), Desmond Meade (Florida Rights Restoration Coalition), Alexis Anderson-Reed (State Voices), for their thoughtful guidance and unwavering support throughout this transition process. Florida is fortunate beyond measure to be served by such outstanding leaders.
“I’m looking forward to helping build deeper and more meaningful coordination, planning, and innovation between partners in order to help the organization focus on impact and comprehensive solutions,” Juanica says about her hopes for FLCET. “Ultimately, we must value communication, transparency, and respect in what can be a very fast-paced and consequential working environment.”
We’re excited for your leadership, Juanica. Join us in welcoming Juanica to the network, and fill out this form to stay up-to-date on the growth of the Florida Civic Engagement Table!
— Alexis Anderson-Reed, Chief Executive Officer of State Voices