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: Matthew Land
Matthew Land is the Political Director for the Southeast Laborers’ District Council. He has worked in politics for more than ten years including on campaigns as a volunteer, campaign manager, and finance director, and as a lobbyist for working family and progressive issues, both locally and statewide.