Executive Board

Chair: Steve Simeonidis - chair@miamidadedems.org
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Steve moved down South to attend law school at the University of Miami. He's now lived in Miami for more than a decade and is proud to call it his home. He has spent much of his professional career directing a large team of litigators and operations staff and now holds an in-house position focused on corporate litigation and transactional affairs. Steve has volunteered his time as an attorney for various Democratic groups and candidates and sits on the Miami-Dade Commission on Human Rights, a quasi-judicial body responsible for adjudicating appellate level human rights claims. Prior to becoming Chair of the organization, he served as its General Counsel and was the President of the Miami-Dade Young Democrats. He is also a dog dad to the best good boy, a 14 year-old beagle named Marley.

First Vice Chair: Maria Elena López
Maria Elena Lopez has been involved with the local party since 2008, as a volunteer, organizer and spokesperson during the presidential campaigns. In 2016, she was named Chair of the Issues   Committee, creating working groups that address pertinent issues affecting the local community. After the 2018 election, Maria-Elena was elected First Vice Chair. Her goals for 2019-2020 are to have more informed voters, increase the voter base through grassroots efforts and a strong volunteer organization ready to bring out the vote in 2020. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French, a Guardian ad Litem, president of Benefactors of Ecuador and a commercial property manager. 

State Committeeman: Aaron McKinney

State Committeewoman: Annette Taddeo

Secretary: Robert Dempster

Treasurer: William Byatt
After activating into politics during the 2016 election cycle, William has been a relentless voice for progressive issues in the community and grassroots-oriented reforms within the Democratic Party. He was a founding board member of the People's Progressive Caucus of Miami-Dade, before joining the leadership in the Miami-Dade Young Democrats. In 2017 he became Treasurer of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, and his dearest policy dream is to create a public bank in Florida.

Vice Chair of Outreach: Ricky Junquera
Ricky was born in Miami and grew up in Westchester where he was Student Body President his senior year at Southwest Miami Senior High School. He attended Boston University where he would receive a bachelor's degree in Political Science and received a master’s degree in intercultural communications from Lesley University. He fell in love with politics working on campaigns for Joe Garcia. In Winter 2014 he moved to Washington, D.C. and became Communications Director for Congressman Henry Cuellar of San Antonio, Laredo, and the Rio Grande Valley just as Trump was starting his run for President. Later that fall he accepted a position as a Regional Press Secretary for Sierra Club, and has been fighting for environmental, economic, and social justice ever since. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and National Association of LGBT Journalists he travels the United States teaching college students how to engage with media in the 21st Century.

Vice Chair of Programs: Laura Wagner

Committee Chairs and Steering Level Leadership

General Counsel - Marc Burton

Parliamentarian - Edith Owens

Sergeant-at-Arms - Deltravis Williams

Credentials Committee Chair - John Wander <credentials@miamidadedems.org>

Affirmative Action Committee Chair - Kevin Chambliss

Voter Registration Committee Chair - Marybeth Prusher <marybethprusher@gmail.com>

Issues Committee Chair - Kilan Bishup <issues@miamidadedems.org>

Membership Committee Chair - Cecilia Tavera-Webman <ceciliataveraw@gmail.com>

Legislative Liaison - Javier Estevez <jestevez1821@yahoo.com>

Interclub Council Chair - Dan Royles <clubs@miamidadedems.org>

Labor Committee Co-Chairs - Janice Coakley and Lorenzo Canizares

Communications Committee Chair - Charles Walter <comms@miamidadedems.org>

Rules and Bylaws Committee Chair - John Wander <bylaws@miamidadedems.org>

Data Committee Chair - Matthew Michaels <matthew.s.michaels@gmail.com>

Voter Protection Committee Chair - Wayne Brody <votepro@miamidadedems.org>

Campaign Committee Chair - Marco Giron <campaign@miamidadedems.org>

Facilities Committee Chair - Steve Dloogoff <facilities@miamidadedems.org>