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Francesca Menes

Founder & Chief Community Engager, CommUnity Strategies, LLC

Florida State Coordinator, Local Progress, Center for Popular Democracy

Francesca Menes is the Florida State Coordinator for Local Progress at the Center for Popular Democracy, a network of hundreds of progressive local elected officials across the country dedicated to shared prosperity, equal justice under law, sustainable and livable cities, and good government that serves the public interest.

Francesca is also the Founder and Chief Community Engager of CommUnity Strategies, LLC. A company rooted in grassroots advocacy, which is committed to empowering individuals, groups and communities to embrace and effectively express the power of their voice and vote. We develop advocacy programs, including designing and facilitating trainings and workshops; our other services include consultation in campaign management, developing field operations and fundraising.

For over a decade, Francesca has the led the development and implementation of strategic legislative, policy and voter engagement campaigns locally and statewide. Her work led to the passage of ordinances in several counties throughout the state and passage of bills signed into law in Tallahassee which benefited immigrants, youth and communities of color.

Currently, Francesca serves as Secretary of Miami-Dade County Community Action Agency Executive Board, State Committeewoman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, Treasurer of the Florida Democratic Party, Board member of Miami-Dade County N.W. 79th Street Corridor Community Redevelopment Agency and other organizational boards.

Francesca 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.

Francesca is a first generation Haitian-Dominican-American and was raised in Miami’s Little Haiti community. She has received numerous honors and recognitions, including being recognized as one of the Angels on Adams Street by Influence Magazine, named one of the 20 under 40 Emerging Leaders in South Florida by The Miami Herald, named one of Miami’s 40 Under 40 Young Black Leaders of Today & Tomorrow, named one of the 20 Under 40 Young Haitian-American Professionals by the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida and City of Miami Gardens Unsung Hero Award.