Mayor Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum is a lifelong public servant and volunteers as the Chair of Forward Florida Action. He is recognized across Florida and the nation as a bold and inspirational leader. The former Mayor of Tallahassee and 2018 Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Mayor Gillum possesses the unique ability to bring people together for a common purpose and mobilize them to bring about change.

Above all, Mayor Andrew Gillum shows us what fearless leadership looks like.

A champion for everyday people, Mayor Gillum inspired millions across Florida and the nation in 2018. He surged past four better-funded primary candidates to a history-making victory as the Florida Democratic Party’s first African-American nominee.

Mayor Gillum brought Floridians together in pursuit of fundamental human rights — the right to a well-paying job; the right to a good education; the right to quality health care; the right not to live in fear of gun violence in our schools or our streets. The only Democratic candidate for governor in Florida this century who wasn’t a millionaire, he won the hearts and minds of millions.

Mayor Gillum’s passion to fight for everyday people comes from his own life’s journey. The son of a school bus driver and a construction worker, Andrew Gillum knows what it’s like for a family to struggle financially, and to have to choose between paying the water bill or the heating bill. The first in his family to graduate from high school and college, he knows first-hand how strong values, schools, and community can set an individual on a different course.

More than two million new midterm voters turned out in Florida in 2018 — shattering all records. The movement Mayor Gillum inspired is, without a doubt, responsible.

Andrew Gillum’s efforts to help lift up his fellow Floridians stretch back more than 15 years. Elected to the Tallahassee City Commission at age 23, he is the youngest person elected in the city’s history. At age 21, while still a student at Florida A&M University, he led a thousand students to protest Gov. Jeb Bush’s attempt to end affirmative action. As a City Commissioner, he championed restorative justice programs to rehabilitate and educate offenders. He also created public-private partnerships to secure funding for computers and internet access for middle school students. As Mayor, Gillum spearheaded the construction of a 20-megawatt solar farm, giving thousands of Tallahassee residents the ability to rely on clean, renewable energy for the first time. Recognizing Mayor Gillum’s commitment to innovation and technology, President Obama named Tallahassee one of just 50 TechHire cities in the nation.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Andrew Gillum hears that call every day. And every day he works to answer it, dedicating his time, his talent, and his limitless passion into lifting up his fellow Americans.

Following his historic run for governor, Mayor Gillum was honored as one of the Ebony Power 100, and named a 2019 Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School. Gillum resides in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife, R. Jai, and their three children — Jackson, Caroline, and Davis.

Mayor Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum is a lifelong public servant and volunteers as the Chair of Forward Florida Action. He is recognized across Florida and the nation as a bold and inspirational leader. The former Mayor of Tallahassee and 2018 Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Mayor Gillum possesses the unique ability to bring people together for a common purpose and mobilize them to bring about change.

Above all, Mayor Andrew Gillum shows us what fearless leadership looks like.

A champion for everyday people, Mayor Gillum inspired millions across Florida and the nation in 2018. He surged past four better-funded primary candidates to a history-making victory as the Florida Democratic Party’s first African-American nominee.

Mayor Gillum brought Floridians together in pursuit of fundamental human rights — the right to a well-paying job; the right to a good education; the right to quality health care; the right not to live in fear of gun violence in our schools or our streets. The only Democratic candidate for governor in Florida this century who wasn’t a millionaire, he won the hearts and minds of millions.

Mayor Gillum’s passion to fight for everyday people comes from his own life’s journey. The son of a school bus driver and a construction worker, Andrew Gillum knows what it’s like for a family to struggle financially, and to have to choose between paying the water bill or the heating bill. The first in his family to graduate from high school and college, he knows first-hand how strong values, schools, and community can set an individual on a different course.

More than two million new midterm voters turned out in Florida in 2018 — shattering all records. The movement Mayor Gillum inspired is, without a doubt, responsible.

Andrew Gillum’s efforts to help lift up his fellow Floridians stretch back more than 15 years. Elected to the Tallahassee City Commission at age 23, he is the youngest person elected in the city’s history. At age 21, while still a student at Florida A&M University, he led a thousand students to protest Gov. Jeb Bush’s attempt to end affirmative action. As a City Commissioner, he championed restorative justice programs to rehabilitate and educate offenders. He also created public-private partnerships to secure funding for computers and internet access for middle school students. As Mayor, Gillum spearheaded the construction of a 20-megawatt solar farm, giving thousands of Tallahassee residents the ability to rely on clean, renewable energy for the first time. Recognizing Mayor Gillum’s commitment to innovation and technology, President Obama named Tallahassee one of just 50 TechHire cities in the nation.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Andrew Gillum hears that call every day. And every day he works to answer it, dedicating his time, his talent, and his limitless passion into lifting up his fellow Americans.

Following his historic run for governor, Mayor Gillum was honored as one of the Ebony Power 100, and named a 2019 Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School. Gillum resides in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife, R. Jai, and their three children — Jackson, Caroline, and Davis.

Rosy Gonzalez Speers

Rosy Gonzalez Speers is the Executive Director of Forward Florida Action and Forward Florida PC. In this capacity, Rosy serves as a political advisor, oversees the strategy for the organization and manages a talented team with a stated goal of flipping Florida Blue in 2020.

In addition to her role with Forward Florida, Rosy has remained a close advisor to Governor Deval Patrick, the 71st Governor of Massachusetts and only the second African American to be elected Governor in our Country’s history.

She leads the strategy on mission-driven projects and brings years of political, communications and campaign experience to every endeavor.

Most recently, Rosy was a Vice President at Northwind Strategies, a public relations and campaign management firm in Boston, MA. In this capacity, Rosy built and managed a diverse book of business including political advising, non-profit campaign strategy, and public relations for corporate clients.

An effective communicator and relentless campaigner, Rosy has over a decade of political experience. She served as the Finance Director and Political Director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, where she helped manage TogetherPAC, his political committee, and implemented the Governor’s surrogacy and fundraising efforts on behalf of candidates’ nationwide. In addition, Rosy was the Finance Director for the Massachusetts Democratic Party through multiple state and federal election cycles and has worked on local city council races in Boston.

Rosy is a graduate of Simmons College, and of the Arabic Language Institute in Cairo, Egypt. She is from Bronx, NY and lives in between Boston, Miami and the countryside of Dublin, NH with her husband, Chris, and dog, Enzo.

Rosy Gonzalez Speers


Rosy Gonzalez Speers is the Executive Director of Forward Florida Action and Forward Florida PC. In this capacity, Rosy serves as a political advisor, oversees the strategy for the organization and manages a talented team with a stated goal of flipping Florida Blue in 2020.

In addition to her role with Forward Florida, Rosy has remained a close advisor to Governor Deval Patrick, the 71st Governor of Massachusetts and only the second African American to be elected Governor in our Country’s history.

She leads the strategy on mission-driven projects and brings years of political, communications and campaign experience to every endeavor.

Most recently, Rosy was a Vice President at Northwind Strategies, a public relations and campaign management firm in Boston, MA. In this capacity, Rosy built and managed a diverse book of business including political advising, non-profit campaign strategy, and public relations for corporate clients.

An effective communicator and relentless campaigner, Rosy has over a decade of political experience. She served as the Finance Director and Political Director for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, where she helped manage TogetherPAC, his political committee, and implemented the Governor’s surrogacy and fundraising efforts on behalf of candidates’ nationwide. In addition, Rosy was the Finance Director for the Massachusetts Democratic Party through multiple state and federal election cycles and has worked on local city council races in Boston.

Rosy is a graduate of Simmons College, and of the Arabic Language Institute in Cairo, Egypt. She is from Bronx, NY and lives in between Boston, Miami and the countryside of Dublin, NH with her husband, Chris, and dog, Enzo.