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Presenters

Santra Denis

A South Florida native, Santra Denis currently serves as the Vice-President of Community Prosperity at Catalyst Miami, an anti-poverty, human services, and civic engagement non-profit organization in Miami, FL. Her civic involvement includes serving as the Senior Vice-President for the Urban League of Broward County Young Professionals Network. In her current role Ms. Denis oversees all health and wealth initiatives and grants to connect low-income families to preventative healthcare, financial services, and resources to meet their basic needs.


T. Willard Fair

Born in Wiston-Salem, NC; T. Willard Fair was the youngest president and CEO in the history of the Urban League movement at age 24. Under his direction, the affiliate became the largest Urban League affiliate in the history of the movement in terms of employees, implemented leadership programs and became self sufficient. As an activist, he was also instrumental in drafting and passing the open occupancy law becoming the largest developer of affordable housing in Liberty City, second only to the city of Miami.


Andrea Mercado

Andrea Cristina Mercado is the Executive Director of New Florida Majority, and the New Florida Majority Education Fund, an organization building independent political power of marginalized communities for racial, economic and climate justice.

The daughter of immigrants from South America, who made South Florida home, Andrea has been organizing in communities of color and immigrant communities for over a decade. Andrea is one of the co-founders of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and led the California Domestic Worker Coalition, a statewide effort to include domestic workers in labor laws. She went on to lead nationally recognized campaigns for immigrant and worker rights such as We Belong Together, and the 100 women 100 mile pilgrimage for migrant dignity.

Previously, she lived and worked in Bahia, Brazil with IPETERRAS, a sustainable agriculture and farmworker rights project. Andrea is raising her daughters in South Florida and fighting for their future.


Al Milian

Alberto Milian is a Cuban-American judge who earned his B.A. in public administration from Florida International University in 1983 and his J.D.degree from the Florida State University College of Law. Milian served in the United States Army Reserve from 1980 to 1998 and is a decorated veteran of two wars: Operation Just Cause (Panama) and Operation Desert Storm (Persian Gulf War). He has worked as a military and political analyst, and he is a published author. He has written opinion editorials, columns, and essays on a variety of topics for newspapers and magazines.


Rabbi Solomon Schiff

Rabbi Solomon Schiff has been the Director of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s Community Chaplaincy Service since 1966 and the Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami since 1964; he continues to serve as a Rabbi Emeritus and consultant for both. Often relating to his interfaith concerns, Rabbi Schiff has made numerous television appearances locally and nationally, including “60 Minutes”, CNN, and “Nightline”, “Viewpoint” (PBS), “Man to Man”, and was profiled in Time Magazine.  Political activism and concern for Florida’s citizenry have marked Rabbi Schiff’s activities for years. He has offered invocations in the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, the Florida Legislature, and at dozens of Miami Dolphins football games.