Group aims to train Florida’s next generation of progressive leaders
Next Steps Florida is looking for the next crop of progressive leaders.

Next Steps Florida
U.S. Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Darren Soto and Frederica Wilson are involved.

Democratic leaders, including three members of Florida’s congressional delegation, joined forces to launch a program to train the next generation of progressive leaders.

Next Steps Florida aims to provide trainees with the tools and skills necessary to make a meaningful impact through grassroots leadership and public service.

“At this time in American history, it’s imperative that we have leaders in place who reflect their communities, who embody progressive values and are committed to social and economic justice as the cornerstones of equitable and transformative legislation,” NSF Co-Founder and Executive Director Millie Raphael said.

“Florida must lead America’s transformation and empowering Florida’s citizens is our mission. That is why we have dedicated our time and resources to ensuring this vision for our future.”

NSF will offer a Volunteer Academy, an Operative Academy, an African Diaspora Campaign School, and a Hispanic Campaign School.

NSF candidates will learn from Democratic U.S. Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Darren Soto and Frederica Wilson, as well as former HUD Secretary Julian Castro. Representatives of Leading Change Network, the group founded by Harvard Professor Marshall Ganz, will also help train NSF participants.

“Over the last three decades of working in Florida politics I have witnessed first -hand a lack of investment in training and retaining diverse political talent. I am honored to join NSF in its quest to finally build a powerhouse bench of leaders. Join us at,” said senior adviser Karen Andre, the former political director at HUD.

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  • NoNonseneGuy

    May 5, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    They want to train a “diverse” group? This is total nonsense, since the only diversity will be color of skin and/or racial or national heritage. There will no diversity of ideas, since the so called “progressives,” are not into diversity of thought.

    I had hoped we would be past this type of nonsense by now, but the far left continues to try to change America and make it something that they control.

  • Do Better

    May 6, 2020 at 8:41 am

    The Florida Democratic Party is the most poorly led organization I can think of. They can blame gerrymandering all they want, but the fact is they’ve won three statewide elections in fourteen years. All this group is going to do is create a cohort of visually diverse, but ideologically monolithic leaders peddling the Marxism Lite that doesn’t work anywhere outside Gainesville and Tallahassee. Moderates aren’t going to turn out for that nonsense.

  • Palmer Tom

    May 6, 2020 at 10:46 am

    It would be nice if they had some leaders that weren’t on Medicare.

  • Palmer Tom

    May 6, 2020 at 10:48 am

    I’d add that there doesn’t seem to be any ideological diversity in the GOP. It’s the Trump retrogressive party line or else. You right wingers’ complaints ring hollow.

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