Staff & Bios
Pamela Goodman currently serves as President/CEO of Ruth’s List Florida. RLF is dedicated to identifying, recruiting , training and mentoring pro choice progressive women to elected positions at all levels of government in Florida.
Educated at the University of Iowa in Journalism and Business, Goodman spent her professional career in retailing, rising to President/CEO of 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.
Her entrance into Florida politics began in 2000 following the presidential election and serving on her local League of Women Voters Board of Directors. She served as president of the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County from 2005-2009 and she served on the League of Women Voters of Florida Board of Directors from 2007-2018. She most recently took the helm as 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 and womens choice, education, environment and safe gun legislation. She oversaw more than 20 pieces of winning litigation against Florida government in those areas.
Since 2006 , she chaired the Fair Districts campaign statewide for LWVF and was responsible for coordinating all League work during the campaign to secure passage of the two constitutional amendments and then continued through 2015 to work with all litigation on the issue and the passage of current redistricting maps for Florida Senate and Congressional districts.
Additionally, Goodman concurrently has served as President of The Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County and numerus 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.
Program and Communications Director
Amaris Leon has lived in Central Florida for the past seven years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in legal studies from the University of Central Florida. While attending UCF and working full-time at a law firm, Amaris served as a volunteer children’s advocate with the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, where she assisted social workers and guardian’s ad litem in developing permanency and placement plans for children in need.
In May of 2019, Amaris earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Florida A&M College Law. While pursuing her J.D. she worked for Organize Florida during the 2018 mid-term elections as an electoral organizer, building the Orange County field plan for Andrew Gillum and the Amendment Four Voters Rights Restorations initiative. After the mid-term elections Amaris transitioned from electoral to political organizer with Organize Florida, where she developed the Orange County Political Committee, created a legislative training curriculum for the organization’s members, assisted with membership recruitment, and tracked republican sponsored bills.
In addition to her legal education and campaign experience, Amaris also volunteers for a national civil rights nonprofit that advocates specifically for the rights and protection of sexual assault survivors throughout the judicial process.
Amaris Leon grew up in and aged out of the foster care system. She knows from experience the social and political injustices that plague the United States. She has dedicated her education and career to empowering, training and mobilizing voters and candidates that accurately represent the majority of America and are committed to correcting social and economic injustice.
Now serving as the Program and Communications Director of Ruth’s List, Amaris plans to use personal experience combined with legal training, legislative lobbying, and field organizing to change the face of power in Florida by electing Democratic, pro-choice women.
Sierra Fareed is a 3rd generation Floridian. Born and raised in Tampa just like her mother. She went on to become a 3rd generation Florida A & M University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate. While in Tallahassee, Sierra was an executive board member of the College Democrats and worked with the 2012 Obama re-election campaign. While in law school, she was the vice-president of the Black Law Students Association. And After graduating in 2016 was a field organizer for the Florida Democratic Party working mainly to elect Hillary Clinton. She has been working in the finance department of the Florida Democratic Party since June 2018, where she focused on fundraising efforts, mainly through corporate donors.
Deputy Political Director
Laura Hernandez was born in Colombia and moved to Florida when she was young. She took interest in politics during President Obama’s reelection campaign where she interned after school. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies.
She became a campus organizer for the Hillary Clinton 2016 election. During this time, she was able to put together a large-scale student program to register students and get out the vote at the University of Florida. She later moved on to be the field director of Sen. Annette Taddeo’s successful State Senate race who was the first Latina to be elected to the Florida State Senate.
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Tampa, FL 33602