Elizabeth Fernandez is a writer, communicator, and longtime activist who has spent years fighting for immigrant communities, LGBTQ rights, domestic violence survivors, the labor movement increased political engagement, and much more. Born and raised in South Florida to immigrant parents, she feels intimately connected with both Colombia and the United States, and a deep passion for creating change in her home state. She has been volunteering in her community for as long as she can remember, and began her political activism by getting involved in the anti-war movement while a journalism student at the University of Central Florida. In addition to serving as the communications manager for Florida Immigrant Coalition and FLIC Votes, she is the Board Chair of Engage Miami and a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. In the past, she’s served as the communications director of SEIU Florida and the managing editor of The New Tropic, and prior to that, she spent more than a decade working in publishing and media, specializing in creating books, magazines and web content.