Susan Smith, President
Susan Smith has been a full-time progressive activist since 2003. She is an organizer for DFA Tampa Bay, and has recently been appointed to the Legislative Liaison and Clubs and Caucuses Committees of the Florida Democratic Party. She previously served as Chair of the Campaign and Legislative Liaison Committees of the Hillsborough Democratic Party. Susan serves on the Advisory Board of Progress Florida.
Susan is also active with Awake the State, Awake Tampa, and Planned Parenthood. She is Acting Chair of the Legislative Committee of the DPCF.
Susan is married to Norwood Smith and is the mother of two sons. She graduated from the University of Tennessee and is a former teacher.
Tom Conboy, Vice President
Thomas Conboy, P.E., is a native Floridian who was born and raised in Orlando. He graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering. When he was 19 years old, Thomas changed his voter registration from Orange County to Alachua County, and that is when he changed his party registration from Republican to Democrat.
Thomas is the Co-Organizer of Democracy for America (DFA) Palm Beach County, a neighborhood leader and community volunteer, the Training Director for the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, a Board Member of the West Palm Beach Democratic Club, a leader with Awake the State and Awake Palm Beach County.
Wendy Sejour, Secretary
Active in Democracy for America Miami-Dade, Wendy works tirelessly to promote social progress and progressive ideals in South Florida. She has been active with the grassroots organization since 2004.
She is married and lives in Homestead where she and her husband are directors of A+ Gentle Care Inc., which provides temporary and permanent placement of caregivers in homes, hospitals and nursing homes.
Nancy C. Jacobson
Nancy is currently one of ten elected Democratic National Committee Members representing Florida. Since 2004, she has also served as the State Committeewoman for the Orange County Democratic Party and Congressional District 8 Committee Chair, positions which place her on the Executive and Central Committees, respectively, of the Florida Democratic Party (FDP).
Nancy’s other current activities with the FDP are: member of the Budget & Finance Committee; member of the Rules Committee (since 2004); member of both the Legislative and Campaign Committees; and Vice Chair of the Clubs and Caucuses Committee.
Helen Strain, Parliamentarian
Helen Strain is a native Floridian who has worked in progressive politics for over 30 years.
With Planned Parenthood of North Florida as the VP of External Affairs and the Florida Association of Planned Parenthood’s Field organizer, Helen developed and implemented public policy and advocacy programs, organized community and statewide coalitions. Lobbied on the local, state and national levels as well as developing 501 C3 and C4 electoral campaigns throughout Florida.
Hillary Keyes, Membership Chair
Hillary Keyes lives in Boca Raton and works as a literary assistant to support her progressive activist habit. She is co-organizer of Democracy for America (DFA) Palm Beach County, a local organizer for CODEPINK Women for Peace, and at large member of the Palm Beach County DEC. She is also involved in War vs Human Needs and progressive organizing and coalition building as part of Florida Progressives and AWAKE Palm Beach County.
Mike Eidson, Platform Chair
Mike Eidson is the chair of the Platform Committee of The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. He also interviews progressive activists at FloridaProgressives.Com and volunteers with Awake the State and other organizations. He has worked in the Northeast Florida school systems for six years. He is the proud father of a seven-year old.
Brook Hines, Communications Chair
Brook Hines is the chair of the Communications Committee Chair of The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, the PR/Communications Chair of the Orange County Democratic Party, and also the co-Director of New Leaders Council, Orlando, which supports the development of “political entrepreneurs” in Central Florida. Brook also has a column at The Florida Squeeze, which features work on progressive politics and strategy.
A 20-year veteran of publishing, public relations and marketing in the fields of financial services, healthcare and commercial real estate, Brook couldn’t be happier devoting time to policy discussion, progressive political work, and serving non-profits and entrepreneurs in the area of “words + pictures.” Off-time for Brook means kayaking, wildlife photography and couch-sitting with her two Italian Greyhounds, who suggest you follow her on Twitter @nasvhille_brook, and find her on Flickr as brookhines.