Staff

Olivia Perez

Olivia Perez

Immokalee Area Organizer Olivia was born and raised in Immokalee and graduated high school in 2020. Both her parents work as farmworkers since their arrival to the U.S. about 20+ years ago. Olivia has first hand knowledge of the conditions and the effects that farm working has from watching her hardworking parents. Olivia works as the Organizer in the Immokalee area where she educates and outreaches to her community of farmworkers about their rights and safety in the fields. She also conducts Pesticide and Heat Stress trainings to farmworkers in the area.

Maria Elena, Florida Farmworkers Association's Area Coordinator - Pierson

María Elena Valdivia

María Elena Valdivia is a passionate social justice advocate and community volunteer. As a volunteer María Elena has developed and implemented many community events in Florida and Wyoming.  She has extensive experience coordinating with diverse groups and organizations and bridging the gap for services.  María Elena graduated from the Tecnologico de Michoacan with a specialization in accounting and Business Administration; shortly after that she emigrated to the United States and began her quest for social justice and community involvement. She became involved in many activities with children, youth and adults in Putnam and Volusia Counties in the early 2000’s.  Recognizing that education is …

Jose Antonio Tovar

Antonio Tovar

Before moving to Florida in 1998,  Antonio worked as a journalist for United Press International covering Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. Antonio studied Rural Development and Community Health at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Chiapas, and Anthropology at the University of Florida. As part of FWAF’s work on environmental justice, Antonio is a member of the New Green Deal working group at the Climate Justice Alliance and is Coordinator of the Climate Change Collective at La Via Campesina. Antonio’s current research includes looking at the effects of heat on farmworkers in Florida and Georgia, and agricultural practices in …

Beatriz Castillo

Ivonne Moreno

Blanca Valentin

Maria Barragán

Maria Barragán

Yesica Ramirez

Yesica Ramirez

Maria Carmona

I am Mexican, from the state of Tamaulipas. I have been working with the Farmworkers Association of Florida since 2008. My first job was as an outreach educator with the program “Bebe te Amo” and in several research projects, such as “Los Girasoles” and “Salud Mental.” Currently I am the Area Coordinator and Organizer in Immokalee. I love my community and my job!

Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez

Maria Eugenia Martinez, I am from Mexico City. I came to Fellsmere in 2004 when two hurricanes, Charlie and Ivan, made landfall in the area. I worked in the parks clearing fallen trees after the hurricanes’ destruction. I also worked in the fields identifying canker and greening infections in palm trees and digging up ditches. In 2007 I became an alternate representative in the board of directors of the Association representing Fellsmere. In 2008 I started working for FWAF as a Community Health Worker with the Closing the Gap and Baby I Love You Projects. In 2010 I joined the …

Jeannie Economos

Jeannie Economos

Jeannie has worked for over 20 years on issues of the environment, environmental justice, indigenous and immigrants’ rights, labor, peace, and social justice.  From 1996-2001, she worked for the Farmworker Association of Florida as the Lake Apopka Project Coordinator, addressing the issues of job loss, displacement, and health problems of the farmworkers who worked on the farmlands on Lake Apopka prior to the closing of the farms in 1998. From 2007 until the present, she has been the coordinator of the pesticide health and safety program of the organization, which includes annually training over 500 farmworkers in Florida on their …

Nezahualcoyotl (Neza) Xiuhtecutli

Nezahualcoyotl “Neza” Xiuhtecutli is the General Coordinator/Executive Director of the Farmworker Association. Neza joined the Association’s team in 2016 as part of the research team. In 2018 he became research coordinator and oversaw field operations for various research projects and actively engaged both research partners and community members in the dissemination of research results through heat stress and pesticide training. He accepted the position of General Coordinator in December 2020.

Edward Castillo

Computer Technician

Claudia Gonzalez

Born to a Guatemalan father and a Salvadoran mother, Claudia’s family moved between El  Salvador, Mexico, and Guatemala as a child. In the US she has picked crops and worked in nurseries, locally in the Homestead area.  She also worked in some other jobs related to healthcare. In 2009 she began volunteering with FWAF and was hired full time shortly thereafter. She loves the work she is doing with FWAF and believes that the organization is doing important work as a strong team. Claudia is married and has a teenage son.  She is happy to share her secret to a …

David Crump

David Crump

David has spent most of his professional career in leadership roles with grassroots non-profit organizations serving low-income and mostly immigrant communities. He says: “My personal life mission is to stand alongside and work with persons and communities made marginal in our society, with a vision of creating together a world that is more just and that offers equality and opportunity for all.”  David is the Farmworker Association’s Grants Manager.

Sonya Young

Financial Officer

ELVIA-ZAMORA

Elvia Zamora

Administrator/ Program Support Manager Elvia was born in Mexico and was graduated from High School there. She came to the U.S. in 1985 to work in the fields. in 1987 she began working for FWAF, in the food stores. Several years later she transitioned to become the assistant to the General Coordinator, and in 2007, was promoted to the position of admisitrator. Also, in 2007, she successfully completed the Leadership Institute.