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Ruth's List Florida Action Board
Lindsay Pollard, Chair
Lindsay Pollard works as the Finance Consultant with Diverse Strategy Group (DSG). DSG’s clients have included Shevrin Jones for State Senate, Harold Pryor for Broward County State Attorney, Emma Collum for State House, and Renee Gordon for Circuit Court Judge in Miami-Dade County.
In the 2020 election cycle, Lindsay served as Treasurer for Nancy Metayer for Coral Springs Commissioner. In 2018, Lindsay was Andrew Gillum’s Deputy Finance Director for his gubernatorial bid. Prior to co-founding DSG, Lindsay worked as a finance consultant for Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness’ re-election campaign, Sandra Ruiz for Doral Mayor, and the Broward County Democratic Party. She has also served as the Finance Director for Randy Perkins for Congress, Annette Taddeo for Congress, and the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. In 2014, she served as Regional Finance Director for Charlie Crist for Governor.
Stacy Estes Yates, Vice Chair
Stacy Estes Yates is an experienced trial attorney and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator. She was named a 2019 Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, a Top Lawyer in TAMPA Magazine, a 2019 Featuree in KNOW TRIBE Tampa Bay, and holds an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell. Stacy is a frequent public speaker on a variety of legal and non-legal topics.
As a litigator and former prosecutor, Stacy has tried over forty jury and non-jury trials and is admitted to practice in all State Courts of Florida, the Middle District of Florida and the Southern District of Florida. Her extensive litigation practice includes defending liability and coverage issues for automotive, homeowner, and commercial property insurance companies and their insureds.
Stacy is active in her Tampa Community. She’s a member of the Athena Society, a Girl Scout Leader, a member of Ye Loyal Krewe of Grace O’Malley, a member of the Krewe of Tronando, the Advocacy Committee Chair at Roosevelt Elementary PTA, a member of Tampa Bay Inn of Court, a member of the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers. She serves on several philanthropic boards and loves to mentor young professionals.
Stacy consults for many local and state political campaigns and participated in the historic 2018 Florida election recount.
Penny Parks, Treasurer and Secretary
Penny Parks is the president and founder of Links Financial. She has 35 years of experience in the financial industry, having held numerous financial leadership roles before starting her own firm, now in its 12th year. In her time at Links Financial, Penny’s areas of focus have been arranging over $2 Billion in corporate debt financings, real estate and corporate problem loan resolution and restructuring, and business acquisitions.
Erin Smith Aebel is a partner at a Tampa law firm where she practices business and health law. A board certified health lawyer, she represents physicians, hospitals, dentists, pharmacies and other healthcare providers in their business and compliance needs. She is a member of the Athena Society and serves on various philanthropic boards in the Tampa Bay Area.
Erin is a co-founder of the Surly Feminists for the Revolution and works to advance women and diversity in business and in federal, state and local representation.
As the daughter of a Cuban exile, Natalia Duke is extremely passionate about immigrant justice and immigration reform. She grew up on Little Torch Key before leaving to pursue her BA in History at Duke University and Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) at NYU. She has taught ESOL at Pace University and in New York Public Libraries.
After moving back to the Florida Keys in 2009, Natalia continued to teach ESL in the Monroe County Adult Education Department. In addition to language teaching, she has studied and trained in a variety of healing modalities and currently teaches yoga and pilates.
As Vice-President of Women’s March Florida and founder of both Women’s March Florida Keys and Keys Immigrant Coalition, Natalia volunteers on a variety of statewide issues ranging from immigrant justice to environmental justice. Each of the organizations focus on issue-based, community-centered, direct action, education and advocacy. For example, in March 2019, Natalia created a visitation program at the Monroe County ICE detention center. Until the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she offered weekly ESL classes as a means to end isolation to the men detained there. In addition to leading these organizations, she also serves as a Board Member of the Climate Change Action Committee.
With 20 years of experience as a strategist, writer and editor, Marika Lynch’s passion is helping foundations and nonprofits achieve their goals through strategic communications. Since founding her firm, Marika Lynch Communications in 2008, Marika has developed outreach campaigns for a range of clients, including Knight Foundation, leading the communications for the fourth largest arts program in the country. A graduate of Georgetown University, Marika was selected for The Miami Foundation’s signature leadership program, The Miami Fellows, and as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She previously was a journalist, editor and department head with the Miami Herald, where she reported across the Americas and shared in two Pulitzer Prizes.
Burnadette Norris-Weeks is a partner in the law firm of Austin Pamies Norris Weeks, LLC. She serves as counsel to various corporations and governmental entities, including the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office and two Florida municipalities. In addition, the law firm also handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Currently serving her second term on the Broward County Charter Review Commission, she also serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Broward. She is a graduate of Leadership Florida and of Leadership Broward.
Bernadette is founder of the Women of Color Empowerment Institute, Inc. (WOCEI), a membership organization with the mission to enhance and expand leadership opportunities for women of color. WOCEI sponsors a yearly conference that brings together hundreds of women in leadership. Her extensive community and professional involvement has earned her the Above and Beyond Award from the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, the Urban League’s Margaret Roach Humanitarian Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the T.J. Reddick Bar Association. She is a past honoree of the National Trumpet Awards Foundation and was recognized by Legacy Magazine as one of South Florida’s 25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business. Burnadette has also received a “Leader of the Year” award from the Leadership Broward Foundation, among other impressive awards and recognitions.
Bernadette is the Chair of the 17th Judicial Circuit’s Bar Leadership Committee. She is a past National Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Litigation Section’s Minority Trial Lawyer Committee and a former Chair of the ABA’s Young Lawyer Leadership Team. She is also a Past-President of the Tallahassee Barristers Association. Burnadette is admitted to practice law before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.
Alfredo Olvera is an Ecuadorian born immigrant who resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a licensed Real Estate Agent with many years of experience in retail sales and global sales. Throughout the past span of over two decades, and aided by his fluency in English and Spanish, he has gained extensive hands-on expertise in sales and customer service within the retail industry, global business to business while working in Business Development for a Translation Services Company, and currently in real estate markets.
As a longtime resident of South Florida, and an activist in his community, he has volunteered and served as co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign South Florida Steering Committee, Advisory Board Member for Ruth’s List Broward, Alternate Director for the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, and currently serves on The Pride Center Board of Directors, and President of the Dolphin Democrats LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus in Broward County.
As President of the Dolphin Democrats, he proudly led multiple initiatives including membership growth, creation of voter outreach and educational programs, more than doubled fundraising goals for the organization, revamped the endorsement process, and successfully endorsed a record number of candidates. Alfredo has dedicated the last four years to building bridges between elected officials and their constituents, educating voters, promoting women and minorities to leadership positions, and helping candidates win elections.
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