Executive Leadership

President: Amanda Knapp

Amanda Knapp

Raised in a politically active family, Amanda learned the importance of community involvement at an early age. Amanda Knapp serves as the Coordinator for the FIU Maurice A. Ferré Institute for Civic Leadership. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Affairs, focusing her research on Human Trafficking Policy. Amanda received her Bachelor's in Political Science, Master's in International Intercultural Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Amanda also serves on the Miami Beach Human Rights Committee. When Amanda is not working or studying, she dedicates most of her time to community and civic involvement.

Contact: (845) 264-1923
Email: [email protected]

Vice President of Administration and Strategy: Linda Kolko

Linda Kolko

Originally from New York City, Linda Kolko retired in 2011 after forty years of federal service, 33 years of which were managing international development assistance programs in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. She worked at the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) for the past 20 years, serving as its interim President twice. Linda held a variety of positions at the Peace Corps, including Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize, Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in Belize and Jamaica, Deputy Director of the Africa Region. Linda bought a nine-unit Art Deco apartment building in Miami Beach in 1989 and became a Florida resident in 2020. Linda has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Vermont. Linda was the Takoma Park Maryland Neighborhood Team Leader for the 2012 Obama campaign. She was President of the Women’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County, Maryland and received the Democratic Volunteer of the Year Award in 2017 from the Montgomery County, MD Democratic Central Committee. Linda has volunteered for various Democratic candidates in local, state, and national elections. She serves on the City of Miami Beach Transportation, Parking & Bicycle-Pedestrian Facilities Committee and volunteers for various organizations.

Email: [email protected]

Vice President of Membership and Precinct Captains: Gary Martinez

Gary Martinez

Gary Martinez is a resident of South Beach, previously of Los Angeles. He is a retired public high school administrator, an avid scuba diver, seashell collector, writer and traveler.

He believes you should be the change you want to see in the world, making the internal workings of your groups models of democratic process and caring relationships. Members should see the Democratic Club as the best available vehicle for bringing their political goals and aspirations to fruition.

Gary is a graduate of Virginia Tech, earned an M.S. in Educational Administration from National University, San Diego. He obtained certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a Middle Childhood Generalist. He once held membership in United Mineworkers. As a member of United Teachers Los Angeles he was elected Chapter Chair, Chair of the Gay and Lesbian Issues Committee, and was a member of the UTLA House of Representatives. He is also a member of Associated Administrators Los Angeles.

After retiring in 2016 he drove a semi on a national route for C.R. England. He has lived in South Beach since 2018 where he works part time as an usher and security guard for the Fillmore. He is a member of Miami Beach Community Church, Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association and the city Human Rights Committee.

Email: [email protected]

Secretary: Janet Silverman

Janet Silverman

I became politically active in 2008 volunteering on the Obama campaign. Like many Americans, I was truly inspired by President Obama and after a long, successful and all encompassing career in finance, I finally had some time to nurture this passion. My values and beliefs align with the Democratic Party and I am committed to electing Democrats at all levels of government. Shortly after I moved to Miami Beach in 2015, I discovered our club and have been actively volunteering since. I enjoy meeting and working with people that share my values and determination to elect Democrats. I am honored to be serving on the Board and as Club Secretary to help further our shared goals.

Email: [email protected] 

Treasurer: Roger Goldblatt

Roger Goldblatt

Roger Goldblatt has a long history of running federal and local campaigns, advocating for many underserved populations, making government accessible to citizens and working at the White House for three presidents. As the Outreach Director for several federal agencies, he has set up town halls in hundreds of cities across the nation, moderated panels on a large array of topics and ran workshops on topical national issues.

Email: [email protected]

Parliamentarian: Severine Cukierman

Info to come ...

Email: [email protected]

Director 1: Kevin C. Harris

Kevin C. Harris

Kevin was born and raised in South Florida, to a blue-collar family of lifelong Democrats. He has always been interested in the political realm, casting his first vote in the 2004 Presidential Preference Primary, and has not missed any election since. A product of Miami-Dade Public Schools, Kevin is a graduate of North Miami Beach Senior High (2004) and earned a degree in Business Administration from FIU in 2008. His guiding principles are selflessness and service. After the untimely death of his older sister in 2011, Kevin dedicated his life to public service. He has proudly served the Miami-Dade Police Department as a dispatcher since July 2012. After caring for ailing relatives as an adult, Kevin is a relentless advocate for universal healthcare. His ultimate goal is to serve in Congress (was a candidate in the 2022 election cycle) and is ready to work to elect good Democrats at every level of government.

Email: [email protected]

Director 2: Steve Hawes

Steve Hawes

Steve has been politically active throughout his life, starting with the Save Sandy Beach Coalition in Hawaii, and more recently joining organizing efforts with the Obama campaigns, the Palm Beach Democratic Party, and now with the Miami Beach Democratic Club. His focus is on turning Miami Beach as blue as possible, by registering voters, energizing them, and turning out the vote when the election season arrives - Register, Energize, Vote. He is also the Communications Committee chair for the club.

Email: [email protected]

Director 3: Bill Warren

Bill Warren

Bill Warren is a native of Virginia but has lived his entire adult life in South Florida. Bill has been a resident and homeowner on Miami Beach for the past 25 years. Bill is also a business owner, as the founder and president of Benefits Design Resources on Lincoln Road. Bill is a lifetime Democrat. In 2016 Bill joined the Miami Dade LGBTA Democratic Caucus where he served as Treasurer. In 2018 Bill joined the Miami Beach Democratic Club and immediately became Program Committee Chair, which is a role he continues to service. Bill has been a loyal and reliable member of the Club. As Program Chair, Bill has been responsible for managing the Clubs participation in the Miami Beach Pride Parade, organized several lectures, organized campaign car caravans and arranged for guest speakers during regular membership meetings. Bill Warren holds a BA in Business Administration from Virginia State University, an MBA from University of Miami, a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation and a 218 Florida insurance license.

Email: [email protected]

Director 4: Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson

As a lifelong Democrat, Tim is appalled by what is happening to our country and our State by Republicans in general and the Republican Party of Florida in particular. He wants to make a difference at the local level by doing all he can to ensure that Democrats are elected up and down the ballot, both here in Miami Beach and in Miami Dade County. Democrats can not win state-wide without a very strong performance here in Miami Dade! He 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.

He has lived on Miami Beach for almost 20 years. Like many who have lived here for a long period of time, he has seen tremendous change on the Beach. It remains his home. He is committed to make the Beach a better place to live and work. Prior to moving to Miami Beach, Tim lived and worked in Palm Beach County, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York. He was born in Buffalo, NY.

Tim’s professional background is in marketing, advertising and sales, with a focus on the Hospitality Industry. Tim has been an active member of the Miami Beach Democratic Club for many years and is anxious to see the MBDC live up to its potential. He has been involved in several political campaigns, both local and national and will continue to work to make a difference in our political climate.

Email: [email protected]

  • Daniel Royles
    published this page in About 2018-07-22 00:15:39 -0400