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Join The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade on Wednesday, August 28th, for Women’s Reproductive Rights Town Hall, Impacting Policy and Practice, a critically important Town Hall panel on one of the most powerful topics for women today—women’s reproductive rights.

This Town Hall is intended as a positive and constructive forum where our elected officials will share their perspectives and positions on an issue that may prove to be a key deciding issue in the 2020 elections.

Make Your Voice Heard—Don’t Miss This Important Women’s Reproductive Rights Town Hall.

Congresswoman Donna Shalala
Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
Florida Senator Annette Taddeo
Florida Senator Jason W. B. Pizzo
Amanda Klasing, Human Rights Watch Acting Co-Director, Women’s Rights Division
Lillian Tamayo, Planned Parenthood, President/CEO South, East and North Florida
Samantha Daley, Reproductive Justice Organizer, Power U Center for Social Change


Anyone interested in advancing women’s reproductive rights.
Elected officials.
Health care providers.
Young professionals.
College students.
Non-profit organizations.






Congresswoman Donna E. Shalala
Florida District 27

Congresswoman Donna E. Shalala is proud to serve Florida’s 27th District as an advocate for women’s rights, civil rights, increased access to healthcare, better education and public schools, and a clean and sustainable environment. The longest-serving Secretary of Health and Human Services in U.S. history, she returns to Washington as the Representative for Florida’s 27th District, which includes the city of Miami and surrounding municipalities in Miami-Dade County.

The granddaughter of immigrants from Lebanon, Congresswoman Shalala was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her A.B. from Western College for Women and her Ph.D. from Syracuse University. A distinguished educator, she served as President of Hunter College of the City University of New York, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and President of the University of Miami. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been elected to seven national academies, including the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Education.

In 1993, Congresswoman Shalala was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she created, implemented, and oversaw the Children’s Health Insurance Program, currently covering over 7.6 million children. She also succeeded in doubling the budget of the National Institute of Health and secured the highest immunization rates in American history. At the end of her eight-year tenure at HHS, a Washington Post article described her as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times.”

Congresswoman Shalala is unapologetic in her love for South Florida’s natural beauty, its rich culture, and its diverse people. She is honored to serve Florida’s 27th District in the House of Representatives.


Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
Florida District 26

Like many Americans, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell immigrated to the United States from Ecuador as a young girl with her mother and sisters in search of better opportunities. She learned the struggles immigrants face at an early age when her mother worked double shifts while attending night school to learn English. At age 15, Debbie started helping her mother by working at a doughnut shop before school.

While working her way through high school and college, Debbie earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science from Pitzer College. She then gained her Master’s degree in International Political Economy from Claremont Graduate University while working as an office manager at a shipping company to make ends meet.

When she took her oath of office in 2019 to represent Florida’s 26th congressional district as the first Ecuadorian-American and first South American immigrant member of Congress, Debbie promised to protect and uphold the values that helped her succeed in America. After her father died in a senseless act of gun violence, Debbie became a strong advocate for gun safety legislation. She fights for universal background checks and a ban on assault rifles so that families don’t have to endure the tragedy hers did. Even before she was sworn in, she became a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. From her first day, she has taken her place as a champion for gun safety, health care, immigration reform, the environment, and human rights.

Debbie stood out in the freshman class of the 116th Congress when she was appointed to the House Judiciary Committee, where she sits on the Immigration & Citizenship Subcommittee and Crime, Terrorism, & Homeland Security Subcommittee. She immediately got to work on the Judiciary Committee fighting for immigration reform and common sense gun safety. She will use her position on the Judiciary Committee to fight for public safety and human rights everywhere.

Debbie also sits on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, where she advocates for South Florida on the Water Resources & Environment Subcommittee and Economic Development, Public Buildings, & Emergency Management Subcommittee. She is fighting for clean water and comprehensive responses to climate change.

Since her first day in Congress, Debbie has become a leading voice for regional stability in Latin America by advocating for the peaceful restoration of democracy in Venezuela.

Debbie spent years working at the College of Health at Florida International University, where she worked to grow programs that improve health care access for Floridians. In Congress, she will continue her fight to expand access to quality care and control skyrocketing costs. She believes we must continue to improve our healthcare system so families aren’t one medical bill away from bankruptcy.

Before becoming a member of Congress, Debbie worked for several non-profit organizations, including the Hope Center, Zoo Miami Foundation, and the Coral Restoration Foundation. She understands first-hand the immediacy of climate change, and the drastic actions we must take to invest in green energy, reduce carbon emissions, and protect South Florida from rising sea levels. She will fight for clean air and drinking water for all Floridians and restore the Everglades.

As a mother of three, Debbie is on the frontline, fighting for Florida’s families — whether that is fighting this Administration’s family separation policy, prioritizing equal pay, keeping our planet clean for future generations, or supporting gun safety. Debbie is honored to serve her community of South Florida.


Florida Senator Annette Taddeo
Florida District 40

Senator Annette Taddeo moved to the U.S. as a teenager from Colombia, worked her way through college and shortly after founded LanguageSpeak, a translation company that today offers services in over 240 languages and has been named one of the Top 100 Small Businesses in Florida. 

In 2014, Annette was chosen to be Charlie Crist’s running mate for Lt. GovernGovernor of Florida, through which she gained incredible insight into the issues facing Floridians. Annette also hosted a Sunday morning political show on CNN Latino and is a longtime respected Latina leader. In 2017, she made history when she flipped Senate District 40 from red to blue winning a special election and becoming the first Latina Democrat to serve in the Florida Senate. She was subsequently re-elected to a full four year term in November of 2018. Senator Taddeo is a champion for the community. In Tallahassee, she is a relentless advocate for women, quality jobs, improved education, environment, expanded healthcare access, and public transportation.

In the Senate she is a member of the Banking & Insurance, Infrastructure & Security committees and serves on the Appropriations Subcommittees on Criminal and Civil Justice and Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development

Annette is the proud wife of Dr. Eric Goldstein and the proudest mom of their 13-year-old daughter, Sofia.


Florida Senator Jason W. B. Pizzo
Florida District 38

Senator Pizzo was elected to the Florida Senate in 2018, and currently serves on five committees, including Criminal Justice & Community Affairs. 

Prior to holding office, Senator Pizzo received his undergraduate degree from New York University, and after several years in his family’s private development firm, earned his master’s degree from Columbia University, and law degree from the University of Miami, where he clerked at the U.S Attorney’s Office, and earned the CALI Award for Excellence in Criminal Procedure. Drawn to the courtroom, he was sworn-in as an Assistant State Attorney for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, where he helped create the SAO’s Gun Violence Initiative, which focused on cold case shootings and homicides involving juveniles. 

This past legislative session, Senator Pizzo successfully filed the Dignity for Incarcerated Women bill, which provides free feminine hygiene products for inmates, and prohibits pat downs and body cavity searches of women, by male correctional officers. He also co-sponsored the Women’s Suffrage Centennial bill, which was inspired by members of the Miami Dade County Commission on Women.

Most recently, Senator Pizzo received an appointment to the Florida Criminal Punishment Code Task Force.


Samantha Daley
Power U Center for Social Change
Reproductive Justice Organizer

Samantha Daley is a recent graduate with her Masters in Health Services Administration and Public Health at Barry University. She currently serves as the Reproductive Justice Organizer at Power U Center for Social Change, leads the Melanin Queens group, serves on the leadership board for Black Girls MIA, and leads the Comprehensive Sex Education Campaign. Samantha previously served as a Respite Program Specialist full-time at an emergency youth shelter, and as a Health Educator at Planned Parenthood.  Samantha is also a co-founder of the Carib Healing Collective which aims to heal and connect the Caribbean diaspora through herbalism, affirmation, and education of Caribbean legacy both in-person and on digital platforms. Samantha shares her voice as a member of the writing collective Echoing Ida and is passionate about all things surrounding reproductive justice. One day she hopes to open a clinic to provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health programming for young people. Samantha has published her work in outlets like The Guardian, Rewire, and the Strong Families Blog to name a few.


Amanda Klasing – Human Rights Watch
Acting Co-Director, Women’s Rights Division

Amanda Klasing is the acting co-director of the women’s rights division at Human Rights Watch. Amanda has carried out research and advocacy on a number of human rights issues including: the First Nations water crisis in Canada; the rights of women and girls in affected by Zika in Brazil and in Haiti after the earthquake; sexual violence and other forms of violence against women displaced by conflict in Colombia; and the women’s rights impacts of the 2016 US Election, including the restrictions on women’s reproductive health, threats to protections for survivors of gender-based violence, and efforts to decrease women’s access to health care. She holds a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago, and a law degree from New York University, where she received the Vanderbilt Medal for outstanding contributions to the Law School.


Lillian Tamayo – Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida

Lillian Tamayo is the President/CEO of Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida. In this capacity, she has contributed to the expansive growth of the organization into forty-five of Florida’s most diverse counties. Under her leadership, Planned Parenthood broadened its clinical and educational services to reach the diverse and fast-growing demographics of its communities by expanding healthcare services, launching abortion care, and operating multiple evidence-based teen pregnancy education programs, serving over 54,000 men, women and teens.

Lillian serves on the Board of PPIC Trust and is Board Chair of the Florida Association/Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates as well as the Florida Planned Parenthood PAC. She has also served on the Boards of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Affiliate Risk Management Services, and the Planned Protection Insurance Company as well as the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation’s Community Advisory Board and the University of Miami Clinical & Translational Science Institute Community Advisory Board. Lillian was a recipient of the 2015 Diversity Honors award from the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park. She is a past recipient of the Compass Leadership Award, the ACLU Foundation of Florida’s Nelson Poynter Award, the Woman of Valor Award from the National Council of Jewish Women, and the Ruth Green Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Affiliate Chief Executives Council. 

Lillian has more than thirty years of experience in executive management. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, she served as Executive Director of the Capitol Region Mental Health Center, a large behavioral health organization in Hartford, Connecticut. She has served as Commissioner for the State of Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission and is a past recipient of the Connecticut Latinas in Leadership Award. She is also the recipient of a Special Congressional Recognition Award for lifetime service to Latino men and women of Connecticut.

Lillian completed her undergraduate education at Fairfield University and possesses two graduate degrees, a Masters in Community Psychology from the University of New Haven and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. A native of Cuba, she lived in New Jersey and Connecticut prior to relocating to South Florida in 1999. She and her spouse, Eileen, are the proud parents of three adult children as well as two devilish mini poodles, Franklin and Eleanor.