Voting: Beyond Red & Blue

Divya Kumar

Divya is an editorial assistant at the Tampa Bay Times and reports on metro and regional issues in Pinellas County. She loves to hear people's stories and is proud to have attended Anytown in 2007.

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Maria Jose Chapa

Maria Jose Chapa is a labor and grassroots community organizer with SEIU Florida Public Services Union. With 6 years experience under her belt she has worked on progressive policies in the city of Saint Petersburg including ban the box, raising the minimum wage for city workers $15 an hour, welcoming city resolution, and economic development with the coalition The People’s Budget Review. When she is not working on socioeconomic and racial justice issues she spends time planning her section hiking adventures on the Appalachian Trail. She has two amazing daughters, a crazy dog and a Manx cat.

Rev. Patrice Curtis

Rev. Patrice Curtis has been a Board Member, volunteer and donor for nonprofits local and national. She is passionate about advocating for refugees and internally displaced people, and joining with secular, faith-based and humanist groups to counter injustice. She is the minister for the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater.

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Mark Puskarich

Mark is proud to be part of Equality Florida, raising support and awareness for the organization's important work throughout Florida. No stranger to the organization before joining full time, Mark served on Equality Florida's Tampa Gala Steering Committee in 2012, and as vice chair and chair of the committees for the 2014 and 2015 galas, respectively. As Development Director, Mark manages Equality Florida’s major fundraising programs including membership, annual galas, corporate gifts, and legacy giving.

Prior to joining Equality Florida, Mark held positions in marketing and communication roles in universities and corporations located in the Tampa Bay area.

In his spare time, Mark volunteers as a TrevorChat counselor for The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.

Mark graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor's degree in communication with majors in public relations and political science. He lives with his partner, JT, in Tampa.

Labreia Cherry

Labreia Cherry was born and raised in Rochester, NY and has lived in the Tampa Bay area for the last 9 years. She received a BA from the University of Florida and has a Master’s in public health from USF. Ms. Cherry is a licensed clinical social worker and has been the co-director of Mama Africana Network, a Christian mentoring program for black girls since 2014. Labreia enjoys helping to empower others in reaching their goals and has a love for baking.

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Safiyyah Ameer

Safiyyah is a community organizer and activist at Blake high school in Tampa. She attended ANYTOWN® two years ago and organizes marches and rallies to end gun violence and promote common sense gun reform. Safiyyah was responsible for organizing the 500 person protest in Tampa following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

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