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Florida Democratic Party hires news political director



Press release:

Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant announced the hiring of Mayra Macias as Political Director. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Mayra back to the team,” said FDP Chair Allison Tant. “Mayra’s talent and ability have played a crucial role in helping us win races across the state. Her work to empower communities and build winning coalitions has been a source of inspiration and I look forward to her continued success as our Political Director.” 

“I’m excited to rejoin Chair Tant and the Florida Democratic Party as we work to keep Florida blue for Hillary Clinton and deliver Democratic victories up and down the ballot,” said FDP Political Director Mayra Macias. “I look forward to building on our successes over the last four years in a way that is inclusive of all our communities and highlights the diversity of our great state." 

Mayra Macias grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the working class home of immigrant parents. From an early age, Mayra’s parents instilled in her the belief that education is the key lever to accessing opportunity. Mayra attended Yale University, where she double-majored in American Studies and Ethnicity, Race & Migration. After graduating, Mayra moved to Miami to work with Teach for America as a middle school Language Arts teacher in Liberty City at Charles R. Drew Middle School. 

Mayra’s experience as an educator solidified her resolve that civic engagement beyond the four walls of the classroom is crucial to affect substantive change. As a result, she worked as a Field Organizer for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign in the Little Havana office. After the election, Mayra continued to organize in Miami, working with The Action, an organization designed to educate and mobilize communities affected by cuts to the national budget. 

For three years, Mayra worked with the Florida Democratic Party, first as the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for South Florida and then as the Deputy Political Director where she helped flip the Sarasota City Council. During her time with the FDP, Mayra worked on over a dozen campaigns and fulfilled her passion of recruiting and electing candidates at the local level. Mayra left Florida as part of the Capitol Hill Fellowship where she transitioned from politics to policy, working for the Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro, the ranking member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. 

[Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2016 12:21pm]


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