Francesca Menes is the Deputy Organizing Director for Local Progress. She supports building and organizing a membership and collaborative space in Florida alongside Local Progress members and allied organizations towards policy solutions. Francesca is also working to advance the development of our network caucuses, supporting the expansion of the Progressive Governance Academy and organizing with network members, national partners and allied organizations to protect local democracy from ever-growing threat of state interference and preemption.
Prior to joining Local Progress, for over a decade, Francesca led the development and implementation of strategic legislative, policy, and voter engagement campaigns locally and statewide. Her work led to the passage of resolutions and ordinances in several counties throughout Florida as well as passage of laws in Tallahassee to benefit immigrants, New Americans, youth, and communities of color. Francesca is also the former Treasurer for the Florida Democratic Party, former State Committeewoman for the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. She currently serves on board of the Miami-Dade County N.W. 79th Street Corridor Community Redevelopment Agency and The Black Collective.
Francesca graduated from Florida International University, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies with a minor in Philosophy, a certificate in National Security 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.