Francesca Menes, a 2016 candidate for Florida House of Representatives, District 108 is the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC). She was born and raised in Miami’s Little Haiti community. She graduated from Florida International University, earning her BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies and her Master’s in Public Administration, with a certificate in Community Development. She leads the development and implementation of strategic legislative, policy and voter engagement campaigns. She conducts policy analysis, drafting and proposing legislations and recommendations before state and local bodies.
In addition to representing FLIC with various national organizations, she sits on the National Steering Committee of the Black Immigration Network and also co-coordinates #Rights4ALLinDR, a broad coalition of organizations and individuals advocating for human rights and dignity in the Dominican Republic. In 2014, Miami-Dade County (MDC) Commissioner Sally A. Heyman re-appointed Francesca to an additional 4-year term on the Commission for Women, where she is a past 2nd Vice-Chair. She also serves as Secretary of MDC Community Action Agency (CAA) Executive Board, appointed by Commission Chairman Jean Monestime.
Francesca, most recently completed a 2-year term as the Vice-President of Communications and Administration for the Miami-Dade Young Democrats (MDYD). Francesca has received numerous honors and recognitions, including being named one of 20 under 40 Emerging Leaders in South Florida by The Miami Herald.