Neza Xiuhtecutli

Nezahualcoyotl "Neza" Xiuhtecutli is an immigrant from Mexico, and grew up in South Carolina. He is the General Coordinator of the Farmworker Association of Florida. He has been with the organization since 2016 when he joined the research team. During that time he focused primarily on protections against heat stress for farmworkers and worked on testing curricula for pesticide training for farmworkers. Before coming to the Association in 2016 he worked with rural communities in Mexico and Central America, where he became interested in indigenous economic and governance systems, including communal land tenure. He is currently finishing a PhD in anthropology at Tulane University. He enjoys reading and hiking, listening to live music, and traveling to new places. He is also an avid baseball fan.

Felipe Sousa-Lazaballet

Felipe Sousa-Lazaballet (he/they) is the newly appointed Executive Director of Hope Community Center, in Apopka.

In addition to managing day-to-day operations, leading 30 staff members, overseeing the management of seven programs, and increasing financial support for the 50-year-old organization; Felipe collaborates with community advocates, supporters, leaders, and organizations throughout Central Florida to drive the interconnectedness and synergy of Hope’s programs. His first-hand understanding of the immigrant experience along with his vision, passion, and power of networks have refreshed Hope's support, empowerment, and advocacy for immigrants and others who are tenacious and courageous in the face of all systems of oppression.

Prior to joining Hope, Felipe was the Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Sr Specialist for the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the City of Orlando. In this position, he proposed policy recommendations and programs; advocated for best practices on LGBTQ+ issues and immigrant and refugee affairs; and directed outreach to the Muslim, Brazilian, and Haitian communities to encourage greater participation in city services.

A proud immigrant from Brazil, Felipe came to Miami when he was only 14 years old. In 2010, he walked on the Trail of Dreams, a 1,500-mile walk from Miami to Washington, DC, to share the stories of immigrant youth and to push for administrative relief for millions of undocumented immigrants. He also worked with Presente.org, an organization seeking to solve some of the most pressing issues impacting the Latino community through communication strategies.

A graduate of Miami-Dade College with an Associate of Arts in International Relations and a bachelor's degree in Business Studies with a Minor in Economics from St. Thomas University, Felipe was also Co-Director of GetEQUAL, a national social justice LGBTQ organization; served as the Deputy Managing Director at United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth network in the country; and worked at ThoughtWorks, a multinational software company, working at the Office of Social Change Initiatives as the Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Felipe is happily married to Luis Sousa-Lazaballet (he/him) and together they have a beautiful puppy, Cosito.

He is also on the board of Blisscares Healthcare, is the co-chair for Orlando’s WorldPride 2026 bid, and he is the chair of the One Orlando Alliance board of directors.

Christian Gonzalez-Orbegoso

Christian Gonzalez-Orbegoso (he/they) is the proud North FL Organizer of New Florida Majority. The son of immigrants from South America, who made Miami their home in the 1990s, Christian has been fighting for equity and justice throughout the state of FL through movement-building within communities of color, the state legislature, and the school system for the past 5 years.

Christian served as the esteemed Duval Win Justice Organizer, part of the statewide campaign to expand democracy and access to voting for low-propensity Black and LatinX Voters, which successfully passed Amendment 4 and turned DUVAL Blue in 2018 (after 2 decades of Conservative turnout). Prior to 2018, they dedicated two years of public service as an AmeriCorps Member/Lead with City Year, an international education non-profit fighting to close the achievement and graduation gap in underserved communities, mainly Title-1 funded Black and Latinx schools. While serving, they were a trainer for the New Politics Leadership Foundation, a non-profit centered on training and electing community members and servant leaders to run for public office.
Previously, the proud FL Gator lived and worked in Tallahassee, FL with the Office of FL State Representative David Richardson, the first out LGBTQ+ state-wide elected official. Christian envisions the building of an intersectional transformative movement in North FL, to secure our liberation in 2020 and for our future.

Jonathan Alingu

Jonathan (he/him) currently serves as a co-director for Central Florida Jobs With Justice. He has been involved in social justice organizing work for the last 10 years. First, as a student and organizer with the Student Labor Action Project chapter at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and with the United States Student Association. He joined the Jobs With Justice network in 2014 as the membership organizer, working alongside FLIC staff and their various member groups throughout the state. Jonathan is a first-generation citizen, born to two parents that immigrated to the United States from The Bahamas via Uganda. He is also a big-time football fan, with his favorite team being Manchester City.

Afifa Khaliq

Afifa Khaliq is Director of Programs at SEIU Florida Public Services Union. She has been a part of a creative core team that is setting new trends and redefining labor, politics, economy, and social justice. Afifa is an unapologetic and proud Muslim. She is a founding member and secretary of the South Florida Muslim Federation. She is also the Chair of Emgage Florida, a Muslim civic engagement organization. Afifa is married, blessed with a son, and lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Anaruth Solache

Anaruth currently serves as the Policy & Advocacy Manager for Catalyst Miami. Previously she acted as Community Engagement Coordinator for South Dade, which gave her the chance to work alongside residents getting more involved in their neighborhoods. As the Policy & Advocacy Manager, she is dedicated to promoting more democratic, just, and equitable forms of policy across Miami-Dade County, bringing that same passion for change from her previous role. Anaruth graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. She will be graduating in December 2021 with her Master’s in Public Administration & Nonprofit Management from Barry University.
In her free time, she enjoys trying cuisines from many parts of the world, watching foreign independent films, and learning about the cultural traditions from Haiti, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, China, and India.

Sara Ruiz

Hello! My name is Sara Ruiz. I grew up in the Orlando area for the majority of my childhood. I graduated from Rollins College in 2018. I graduated with a major in anthropology and a minor in archaeology. I am currently working on a master’s in political science. I was introduced to Hope through my parents when they were going through their citizenship process in 2010. When I participated in Service Learning and community engagement courses with Hope, I became reintroduced to Hope in college. Then, I did an AmeriCorps year in the Immigration Department with the citizenship program. Afterward, I spent six months as the Team Lead for FLIC doing voter registration and civic engagement work in Volusia, Seminole, and Orange counties. My team registered over 2,000 people throughout Central Florida. Starting in 2021, I started working as the Director for College and Career Access at Hope. On a personal level, I enjoy watching soccer and tennis. I am obsessed with tacos and empanadas (Colombian-style). I’ve really enjoyed working with Hope these last couple of years, and I can’t wait for what the future brings.

Rhenie Dalger

Rhenie Dalger is the Director of communications and development of Family Action Network Movement (FANM) and the President of Global Tactical Advanced Communications (GLOBATAC). She is an experienced Marketing Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the public relations and communications industry. She is skilled in Crisis Communications, Media Relations, Corporate Communications, Management, and Project Development. She has a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Business Administration and Management and a Master in Science in Global Strategic Communications from Florida International University. She is also a graduate in Radio and Television Production from Miami Dade College. Rhenie combines her strong business management background, her inclusive leadership skills, and her dedication to advocating for the most vulnerable in our communities with all the work she leads. Her passion for change has led her to work with disadvantaged Black and Brown immigrant and indigenous communities and advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, voter access and education, financial literacy, language access, and gender equity. As a mother of twin daughters, she is especially passionate about BOTH paid maternity and paternity leave.
In her free time, she enjoys trying cuisines from many parts of the world, watching foreign independent films, and learning about the cultural traditions from Haiti, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, China, and India.

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Jill Hanson

Jill Hanson has been involved with FLIC for more than 10 years and was a co-founder of the Palm Beach County Coalition for Immigrant Rights (PBCCIR). She is a board member of Esperanza Community Center, and of the ACLU of Palm Beach County, and a board member and officer of PEACE-Palm Beach. She also was a founder, board member, and past Board President of El Sol, Jupiter’s Neighborhood Resource Center, She is a retired labor lawyer who represented unions and workers for more than 30 years prior to her retirement in 2009 and has been advising immigrant clients as a pro bono lawyer in El Sol since 2007.