Executive Board

Chair: Robert Dempster - [email protected]

In the summer of 1992, Robert Dempster's family left their home in Kingston, Jamaica and emigrated to the United States, settling in North Miami Beach. Except for the years spent earning his Economics degree at Stetson University, North Miami Beach has been his home ever since.

Robert has been a member of the Democratic Executive Committee for several cycles and was elected to its Executive Board in 2018 as Secretary, while serving as a Union Steward for Communications Workers of America, Local 3122. During the 2020 election cycle he chaired the party’s Campaigns Committee, overseeing a municipal elections program that endorsed 11 candidates, 9 of whom won their races, making it far and away the most successful municipal elections program the party has ever conducted. In 2020 he was elected Vice Chair of Outreach of the party, and shortly thereafter he was elected Chair of the People’s Progressive Caucus of Miami-Dade. He has served on the City of North Miami Beach’s Public Utilities Commission and currently sits on its Planning and Zoning Board.

Acting Chair: Maria Elena López - [email protected]
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 addressed pertinent issues affecting the local community. Maria-Elena was elected First Vice Chair in 2018 where she served as a sounding board for clubs and caucuses and was the Chair of the Endorsement Committee. With her reelection in 2020, she has committed to continue initiatives to increase the voter base through grassroots efforts and target Latino voters with messaging that explains and clarifies the party’s platform. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French, a Guardian ad Litem, former president of Benefactors of Ecuador, a Licensed Real Estate Broker and commercial property manager. 

State Committeewoman: Annette Taddeo 

The daughter of an American World War II and Korea fighter pilot veteran and a Colombian mother, Senator Annette Taddeo put herself through college and has lived the American Dream. She is the small business owner of LanguageSpeak, a successful language services company that offers translations in over 240 languages for over 20 years.

Senator Taddeo has a long history of Democratic Party leadership at the local, state and national level. She served as the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair from 2012 to 2014, when she revitalized the party with the goal of electing Democrats throughout the county and founded the Blue Gala, a very successful annual fundraising event that lives on today. From 2013 to 2016 she was an Elected DNC member and Vice Chair of the FDP, served on the Executive Committee of the DNC, was the DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair for all southern states and led the founding of the DNC Small Business Owners Council.

Annette is a frequent TV & Radio political commentator on national and state issues and has hosted her own Sunday political show on CNN latino called Taddeo2Day. In 2014 she was the 1st. Latina in the state of Florida to run statewide when she was selected as Governor Charlie Crist running-mate for Florida Lt. Governor. The Crist/Taddeo ticket was one of the closest Governors races in the country that cycle, coming
within 1% when they overwhelmingly won the Hispanic Vote and made history by winning the Cuban-American vote.

In 2017, in a huge upset with national implications, Annette was elected State Senator for District 40. It was the first time in Florida’s history that a Democrat flipped a seat from red to blue in a special election, as well as the first time voters sent a Latina Democrat to serve in the Florida Senate. She was subsequently re-elected to a full 4-year term in 2018.

State Committeeman: William Byatt - [email protected]
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. He became Treasurer of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party in 2017 and State Committeeman in 2020, and his dearest dream is to have a wild kitten farm.

Secretary: Nikola Patterson Molina - [email protected]

Treasurer: Evan Shields - [email protected]

Vice Chair of Outreach: open seat

Vice Chair of Programs: Allison Sardinas - [email protected]

Committee Chairs and Steering Level Leadership

General Counsel - Marc Burton

Parliamentarian - Francis Ragoo

Sergeant-at-Arms - Deltravis Williams

Credentials Committee Chair - Venusmía Fernandez Lovely <[email protected]>

Voter Registration Committee Chair - Marybeth Prusher <[email protected]>

Issues Committee Chair - William Byatt (acting) <[email protected]>

Interfaith Committee Chair - Lynda Raheem

Finance Committee Co-Chairs - Veronica de Zayas and Shed Boren

Membership Committee Co-Chairs - Travon Pierre 

Legislative Liaison - Nancy Lawther

Interclub Council Chair - Norman Hodge

Labor Committee Co-Chairs - Janice Coakley and Nucleus Sheldon

Communications Committee Chair - Allison Sardinas <[email protected]>

Rules and Bylaws Committee Chair - David Geller

Voter Protection Committee Chair - Wayne Brody <[email protected]>

Campaign Committee Chair - Javi Estevez <[email protected]>