Our Team

Core Leadership Team

Stephanie Porta
Executive Director & Co-Founder

Chevalier Lovett
Sr. Vice President & Managing Director

Maddy Garcia
Vice President of Finance & Administration

Laura Johns
Vice President of Resource Development
Stephanie Porta
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Stephanie@organizeflorida.org

Stephanie Porta was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. After graduating with honors from American University in Washington DC, she worked on several campaigns including raising Florida's minimum wage in 2004, passing police accountability reforms in Orange County, as well as winning foreclosure prevention programs and affordable utility campaigns and more.

In 2010, Stephanie co-founded Organize Now & Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment to work on the needs of Florida's low and moderate income communities and is currently executive director for both. For more than a decade, Ms. Porta has worked on successful campaigns for candidates and issues— including environmental justice, community safety, community development, health care, public education and more.

More recently, Stephanie led the effort to pass Earned Sick Time in Orange County in 2014. Stephanie has been recognized by the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Weekly and Orlando Magazine for her leadership around government transparency and issues facing the working poor.

Chevalier Lovett
Sr. Vice President & Managing Director
Chev@organizeflorida.org

Chevalier (Chev) Lovett, is a native of Winter Park, FL (born and raised) - and has spent the past 10+ years working in the Non-Profit sector. In 2009 Chev spent a year as a faculty member for Edgewater High School, where he supported the entire music department in AP Music Theory, Intro to Music Appreciation, and several leadership development programs. A bulk of his career was spent in the YMCA movement. With the YMCA, Chev has served in many areas of leadership as a Director in: Camps, Education & Youth Programs, Membership & Marketing, as an Associate Executive Director, and as the Experience Director (Executive of Operations & Member Experience) throughout the Central & North Florida areas. For two years Chev worked with City Year, Inc. in Orlando serving in the Impact Department as the Manager of Jones High & Meadowbrook Middle Schools, and as the point/lead for the Corps leadership, personal, & professional development program.

Chev has completed higher level studies at the University of Hartford and Rollins College, primarily focusing on programs in education, leadership development, pedagogy, and business/organizational & executive best practices. He is a proud graduate of the Center for Popular Democracy’s (CPD) Executive Director Cohort, Class I. Chev has been with Organize Florida (formerly Organize Now) since July of 2016, where his role is to support the success of each department, and to provide organizational structure to the Senior Leadership (SLT) & Core Leadership (CLT) Teams. Although he loves all aspects of the non-profit world, he most enjoys strategic planning, leadership development, and organizational best practices & implementation.

Chev is very involved in the community and serves on several Central Florida boards; including – Opera Orlando as the VP of Development, Community Core as the Co-Chair, and CRAVE, Inc. to name a few. In his free time he loves to travel the world with his family, spoil his nephew, live an active and fit lifestyle in the gym & running 5K’s, read and add to his personal library, and immerse himself in classical music as a performer and audience member!

Maddy Garcia
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Maddy@organizeflorida.org

Maddy Garcia has been called a "lifesaver" for her ability to help non-profit organizations get organized. Maddy brings a wealth of experience having worked in the banking sector for fifteen years and the non-profit sector for ten. Maddy comes with tremendous organizational and administrative skills. Maddy was born in Puerto Rico in the early 60's and migrated to New York in the early 70's. Growing up in the Bronx to non-English speaking parents, Maddy experienced many obstacles. Education and equality were on the top of her list. Her passion in social justice and education comes from her humble beginnings. Maddy always believed that education was the key that would open doors and so her dream of helping others began. During her 35 years as a resident of New York City, Maddy committed herself to helping and empowering minority students attend college. After leaving the banking industry in 1998 she landed her first job at a non-profit organization called Goddard Riverside Community center and later at Let's get Ready! She was able to help approximately 400 minority students attend college. In 2004, The College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY) presented her with a recognition award for her work and commitment. She joined Organize Now in March of 2012 as their new Chief Financial Officer and HR Director.

Laura Johns
Vice President of Resource Development
Laura@organizeflorida.org

A native Floridian, Laura moved back to Central Florida in 1995. She worked as both a political and community organizer for three years and then was a HUD certified housing counselor and Director of Counseling Quality Control for Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA) until January 2012. Earlier this year she moved into the position of Director of Development and Partnerships, focusing on advancing the organization through capacity and resource building.


Tim Heberlein
Regional Director, Tampa Bay

Morgan Harvey
Program Design & Data Director

Linda De La Nuez
Operations Director

Cloe Cabrera
Marketing & Communications Director
Tim Heberlein
Regional Director, Tampa Bay
Tim@organizeflorida.org

Tim Heberlein has been active in the Tampa Bay political community since 2006, most recently as the Organizing Representative for the Sierra Club Florida. He also served 4 years as the Political Director for the Florida Consumer Action Network, and organizes his community to advocate for economic and social justice. His activism has focused on grassroots organizing and field campaigning for progressive issues and candidates.

Heberlein has mobilized thousands of activists and voters around progressive campaigns, and trained many into progressive leadership in the Tampa Bay area. He has trained with the Capital Leadership Academy, National Organizing Institute, Camp Wellstone and the Midwest Academy, and been a panelist on several conference and televised forums.

Before working in advocacy, Heberlein worked as a case manager and counselor to Floridians with mental health diagnosis and substance abuse issues. Heberlein is also active in his community, just finishing his term as the Vice Chair of the Hillsborough Democratic Party, a Disaster Action Team Leader for the American Red Cross since 2006, and as a member of the Human Relations Committee for Hillsborough County. He is the son of two military service members and attended public schools all over the world. His wife Caitlin, a teacher with Hillsborough County Public Schools, and son Charlie live in Tampa.

Morgan Harvey
Program Design & Data Director
Morgan@organizeflorida.org

A lifelong Orlandoan, Morgan is deeply rooted in its nonprofit community having served on local boards focused on nonprofit capacity development and nonprofit professional development. Morgan holds two bachelor's degrees from Florida State University, an english degree with a focus in creative writing and a social science degree in international affairs. Morgan became involved in the work of FIRE and Organize Now in 2015 as part of her graduate coursework in nonprofit management. She is currently pursuing both a graduate degree in nonprofit management and a graduate certificate in fundraising from the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida.

Morgan is a jack-of-all-trades, with experience in accounting, journalism, sales, legal research, public relations, logistics as well as nonprofit and program development. Prior to joining FIRE, she served as the internship coordinator for a local public university where she spearheaded efforts to develop new partnerships on campus and deliver more services to students in public administration and nonprofit management disciplines.

Linda De La Nuez
Operations Director
Linda@organizeflorida.org

Bio coming soon

Cloe Cabrera
Marketing & Communications Director
Cloe@organizeflorida.org

Bio Coming Soon


Amy Busefink
Political Director

Sheena Johnson
Campaigns Director
Amy Busefink
Political Director
Amy@organizeflorida.org

Bio Coming Soon

Sheena Johnson
Campaigns Director
Sheena@organizeflorida.org

Sheena brings over a decade of experience working at the intersection of arts and social justice as an accomplished artist-activist and effective non-profit leader. She is excited to bring her passion for building power in marginalized communities and communities of color to her role as Campaigns Director at Organize Florida.

Most recently, Sheena served as a Program Officer with the Akonadi Foundation in Oakland, CA strengthening its racial justice movement building efforts. Her grantmaking focused on critical racial justice organizing issues including investing in arts and culture to shift hearts and minds; multiracial movement building; Black-led organizing; immigrant rights; Women and LGBT+ of color leadership development; organizing against the prison industrial complex; resilience and healing based organizing; and examining issues of race and displacement.

Prior to the Akonadi Foundation Sheena worked with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, CA as its Performing Arts Fellow focused on grantee capacity building and advancing cultural equity. During her 11 years living in the SF Bay Area Sheena also ran her own dance company and has received numerous artist grants and commissions including the Leeway Foundation's Art & Change Grant. Sheena holds a BA from Swarthmore College in political science and peace and conflict studies, and a MFA from Mills College in dance emphasis choreography.