President: Dan Royles
Since November 2016, we've seen what's possible when like-minded people work together: huge marches, a wave of direct action protests, and historic wins for Democrats across the country. I want to help develop that momentum here in Miami Beach, as we look for ways to build this club into a grassroots powerhouse that sends principled Democratic leaders to local, state, and national office.
Vice President: Ariel Morel
As a lifelong Democrat, I am excited to serve as the club’s vice president and look forward to bringing a perspective of transparency, inclusion and overall strategic focus to the club’s presence in Miami Beach. As a community leader and activist, I want to help bring attention to all causes that the citizens of Miami Beach face, ensure that the club helps to promote Democratic representatives that will push our interests and goals forward, and hold those in political office accountable through our actions.
Secretary: Ileana Oroza
I joined the Miami Beach Democratic Club and its executive board because I believe in the core principles of the Democratic Party and feel that we must all do our part to preserve and strengthen our democratic system of government. I am also a member of the Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee (DEC).
Treasurer: Patrick Breshike
I joined the Miami Beach Democratic leadership team to help do my part to flip more Miami elected officials blue. We are too susceptible to sea level rise and the Florida economy depends too much on clean waters and wild spaces to keep letting Republican politics pollute our state and waterways. I have lived in Miami since 2012 and look forward to helping activate more locals to get involved and shape Miami into a city that will be more resilient and live-able for years to come. I am a CPA, and I enjoy biking, scuba diving, and living in Miami.
Parliamentarian: Helen Mittelman
Director: Janis Good
I have an extensive record of political activism and community organizing. I have previously worked on five presidential campaigns and was most recently the Miami Beach volunteer lead for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016. While I previously lived in NYC, I am now a Miami Beach resident and have a passion to serve my community and help make a difference in turning our state blue! I firmly believe in the Democratic Party ideals and want to leave my footprint by being actively involved and engaged with political affairs.
Director: Tim Johnson
As a lifelong Democrat, I am appalled by what is happening to our country under its current leadership. I want to make a difference at the local level by doing all I can to ensure that Democrats are elected up and down the ballot, both here in Miami Beach and in our neighboring districts. I will actively work to get as many voters involved in order to make the changes that are necessary to achieve the goals of the Democratic Party. I have been an active member of the Miami Beach Democratic Club for several years and am anxious to see it live up to its potential. I have been involved in several political campaigns, both local and national, and will continue to try to make a difference in our political climate.
Director: Amanda Knapp
Raised in a politically active family, I learned at an early age the importance of community involvement. When I moved from New York in 2011, I joined the Miami Dade Young Democrats and served as the Director of Community Service and then was elected as the Secretary. I also assisted in starting the FIU College Democrats in 2011. Miami Beach is one of the most progressive and liberal cities in the United States, and I believe that we must align and work together to turn and keep Florida Blue. I was so happy to find out about the group last year and will continue to work hard to increase membership and voter registration, as our Outreach Chair and as a board member.
Director: Aaron Bos-LunAaron Bos-Lun moved to Miami in 2012 for Teach For America, and spent four years at Homestead Senior High as a teacher and instructional coach. Although a two year commitment, Aaron stayed four in order to be with a class from their Freshmen year up through graduation day and his identity as a teacher and mentor to under served youth remains at the center of his life.
Aaron's eye towards education has always focused on the larger context that kids walk into school with, especially marginalized kids, and so he earned a Master's in Education and Social Change from UM and served first as LGBT Coordinator and then as Executive Vice President for the Miami-Dade Young Democrats. Aaron was recognized as one of SAVE's 2014 "Luminaries of LGBT Equality" for his work helping five urban high schools start up student-led GSA's (Gay Straight Alliances) in South Florida. The impact of these GSA’s reached the broader Miami community, showing the potential all young people have—gay or straight, of any socioeconomic level—if given a safe space to find their voice. It's in that spirit that Aaron believes in making a better Miami through progressive politics - that no kid should look out at the world and think it's not built for them, and we can organize and fight our way towards that world in our local communities.
Aaron briefly left Miami to earn a Master's in Education Policy at Harvard University, but quickly bought a one-way ticket for the week after graduation. For the last few years he oversaw recruitment into Teach For America at the University of Florida (go Gators!) but reached his longtime dream of setting up a life on the Beach and resigned the first week of 2019 in order to be in Miami full-time without weekly trips to Gainesville. He is currently determining the right next step in Miami while doubling down on community involvement as Chair of the Board of Engage Miami (youth political organizing), the Nyah Project which sends inner city high school students on fully funded trips abroad because "travel awakens leaders", and through the Miami Beach Democratic Club where he serves on the Data Committee and Campaigns Committee.