Staff & Bios
Pamela Goodman currently serves as Executive Director of Ruth’s List Florida. Educated at the University of Iowa in Journalism and Business, Goodman spent her professional career in retailing, rising to President/CEO of Limited Express, with $1.5 billion in revenue and over 850 stores nationwide. Her international business relationships involved the Far East, Europe, India and Israel.
She served as president of the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County from 2005 to 2009 and was on the League of Women Voters Florida Board of Directors from 2007 to 2018. She was LWVFlorida state president from 2015-2018 leading Florida to become the second largest league in the country and one of the most active in advocacy on issues related to election reform, healthcare, education, environment and safe gun legislation.
Since 2006, she has chaired the Fair Districts campaign statewide for the League and was responsible for coordinating all League work during the campaign to secure passage of the two Fair Districts constitutional amendments and then continued to work until 2015 with all litigation on the issue. Additionally, Goodman has served as President of The Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County and other local community boards.
She resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Kate Coyne McCoy
Kate Coyne-McCoy is the principal of KCM Consulting. Started in 2012, the firm provides training technical assistance, and on-going support to candidates, not for profits and organizations across the country. In the 2014 election cycle, Coyne-McCoy’s efforts contributed significantly to two historic victories: the election of Rhode Island’s first female Governor, and first Latina Secretary of State.
KCM Consulting has assisted incumbent and challenger mayors, legislative candidates, school board candidates, Governors, Congressional and US Senate candidates. Kate is widely recognized as an accomplished fundraiser and campaign tactician. Participants in trainings led by Coyne-McCoy routinely rate her at the highest level- and note her engaging style, energy, and enthusiasm.
For nearly a decade, Coyne-McCoy was the Regional Director of the Political Opportunity Program (POP) at EMILY’s List, the largest political action network in the United States. Based out of Rhode Island, Kate recruited, trained and supported potential and elected pro-choice Democratic women candidates at the federal, state and local level.
Since designing and developing the POP training program and all of its related materials, Kate has trained over 9000 women and men in 32 states, and directly assisted with the campaigns and successful elections of hundreds of progressive candidates. In 2005 Kate traveled to Bangladesh to train women from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.
In addition to her work at EMILY’s List, Kate has served as a Fellow in the Women’s Public Policy Program at Harvard University since 2005. Kate teaches and mentors graduate students in the Harvard Square to the Oval Office program at the University, in addition to developing training materials.
Kate has spent most of her career advocating for progressive social change. Trained and educated as a social worker, Kate has worked as a clinician in a nursing home, in a skilled facility for special needs children, and in an inner-city hospital serving primarily poor women and children.
Kate has been involved in electoral politics since working on her first campaign at age 12. After holding numerous roles on US Senate, Governors, statewide and legislative campaigns, in 2000 Kate sought the Democratic nomination for Congress in Rhode Island’s second congressional district. Her campaign raised nearly one million dollars and was endorsed by more than 30 national groups, including EMILY’s List, numerous labor unions and environmental organizations. Her campaign was featured in national press venues, including The Nation and The National Journal.
Kate has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Providence College and a Masters in Social Work from Rhode Island College.
Chief Operations Officer
Bessie Skoures is the Chief Operations Officer for Ruth’s List Florida. She recently managed the globa #FreeNseRamon campaign for EG Justice and prior to that was a program management and strategic outreach consultant for EG Justice and for the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County. Previously she was associate director of outreach for the University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability where she supervised marketing, communications and outreach activities, including special global and education outreach initiatives. She began her tenure at USF as special assistant to the Honorable Betty Castor, former executive director of the Patel Center for Global Solutions. Prior that, she was deputy director of the Term Member Program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and before that, she worked at Human Rights Watch in New York and Brussels. She has also served as an adjunct instructor at USF. She is a member of the Tampa Bay Area Committee on Foreign Relations and Co-chair of its Host Committee and former Executive Chair of the Praxis Haiti Board of Directors. Ms. Skoures received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her M.A. from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is fluent in French and Greek with basic Spanish knowledge.
Alexis Duling Hart
Deputy Political Director
Alexis Duling Hart began her political career ten years ago volunteering for then-senator Barack Obama. While studying American Politics and Policy, she interned for Alex Sink’s Gubernatorial race in 2010. After graduating in 2012 from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, she began working as a Field Director for a U.S. Congressional race in Central Florida.
The next fall she moved to New York to work on the finance team for the State Attorney General’s re-election campaign. Alexis came back to Florida a few years later and has since spent her career working in the non-profit sector, first as a Field Organizer for NextGen Climate, an organization dedicated to 50% clean energy by 2030. She joined the RLF team in April 2016 and created our down-ballot program and ran our call center that reached 600,000 voters for the general election and now serves as our Deputy Political Director.
In this role she has trained more than 1,000 women across the state. In her role of “recruiter” for Ruth’s List, she has helped identify more than 1,800 potential candidates across the state. When she isn’t helping women win, she enjoys watching The Office with her husband and 3 cats and resides in Altamonte Springs, FL.
Gretchell Trochez-Triguero was born and raised in Miami as a first generation Honduran-American. In 2011, she ventured to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida. While in Gainesville, her passion came to light when she interned for a local State House race. She furthered her young professional experience as an intern for Equality Florida’s Public Policy team, where she helped lobby State Legislators to pass the Statewide Domestic Partnership Bill and the Competitive Workforce Act. Other accomplishments include working with Representative Clovis Watson on the Restoration of Rights Bill in 2013.
In 2014, she joined the Charlie Crist for Governor Finance Team as a Finance Assistant. Currently, she serves as the Finance Director at Ruth’s List Florida. Ruth’s List has helped elect over 81 women since 2008. Over the span of her tenure at Ruth’s List, Gretchell has assisted in launching over 20 races and finance programs. These include the election of 26 pro-choice women in 2016 and the recent special election of State Representative Margaret Good in HD 72. When she isn’t helping women run for office, she searches for the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. She lives in St. Petersburg with her partner Ed.