Sheyla Asencios (Miami, Florida) is Political Director of For Florida’s Future Action Fund, a joint super PAC and 501 (c)4 organization aimed at connecting issues to elections and empowering people and community-based organizations to drive change and advance progressive values in Florida. She began her career in politics while working as the Marketing Manager of the Orange County Bar Association in Orlando. She took a second job to work on Congressman Darren Soto’s successful campaign for State Senator and the opportunity sparked her interest in politics. Months later she joined the Florida Democratic Party as their Central Florida Hispanic Media & Outreach Director. There she mobilized activists, advised and supported state and local elected officials, and assisted in managing political campaigns in Central Florida. Her skills and leadership led to an opportunity to join former Governor Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign for reelection as his Director of Hispanic Media. Though Crist lost his bid for reelection, he won the majority of the Hispanic vote in Florida that 2014 midterm election year. After the election, she relocation to Miami and returned to the Florida Democratic Party as its Deputy Political Director, managing state, city and county campaigns across the Florida. Sheyla’s passion lies in political campaigning and messaging to Florida’s hispanic communities, specifically the Puerto Rican and Cuban American populations that dominate Central and South Florida. She has appeared as a guest political commentator for Telemundo, the television programHispanics Speakout TVaired on Bright House Networks, CNN en Español, America Teve’s
Arrebatados con Maria Laria, and Univision’s Al Punto con Jorge Ramos. She has also worked as a reporter, editor and guest writer for the The Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Chasqui News, and WESH 2 News. Sheyla currently serves as executive committee member of the Legal Aid Society of the OCBA’s annual fundraiser the Breakfast of Champions and as a Board Member of the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County. She’s a graduate of the Orange County Bar Association’s Leadership Law Class of 2014, and recipient of Congressional Recognition by Congressman Alan Grayson for her work in public service and with the Hispanic community of Central Florida.
Born in Lima, Peru, Sheyla has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. She resides in Miami, Florida.(Nominated to participate in Global Alliances Program)