Renata first joined FLIC as a volunteer in 2011, when the We Are Florida campaign was taking shape. Throughout the years, Renata maintained a commitment to social justice and continued to elevate our communities through education, community service, and civic engagement. She has supported initiatives that advance racial justice, women’s rights, economic equity, and participatory politics while serving on multiple boards and committees within different non-profits. Prior to joining FLIC’s team, Renata worked for 9 years as a teaching assistant/instructor in South Florida. She received her MA in Women & Gender Studies from Florida Atlantic University and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology (international migration focus) at Florida International University.
Born and raised in Haiti, Tessa has always had a passion for helping others. She moved to the United States in 2001 and worked in social services with the Haitian community and with families experiencing homelessness. While overseeing various shelters, Tessa observed that direct services address symptoms of inequality and that equity and justice will only be realized through structural transformation. She brought her passion for social justice to FLIC in 2016, where she helped to expand direct services in conjunction with issue-advocacy, capacity building and consciousness raising. Tessa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Barry University, and served our coalition as Director of Finance and Operations prior to becoming FLIC's co-Executive Director in 2021. As she co-leads FLIC, Tessa aspires to foster collaboration among Black Immigrants, and to further expand FLIC's civic engagement in a continuum.