Born and raised in Haiti, Tessa moved to the United States in 2001.  She worked in social services for the Haitian community and with families experiencing homelessness. She brought her passion for justice to FLIC in 2016, where she helped to expand direct services and advocacy with a mission to change hearts and minds. As she leads FLIC, a now 83 organizational member statewide coalition, Tessa aspires to foster collaboration among all immigrants, including Black Immigrants, and to expand FLIC’s civic engagement to build immigrant power for a Florida where everyone can live, labor, and love without fear.  Tessa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Barry University.