Meet the Staff

Tony Lima, , is a marketing and communications professional with more than 16 years of experience in crafting and executing programs that combine advertising, social marketing, media relations, new/social media, corporate communications, fundraising, guerrilla and event marketing, public affairs and community relations. Before assuming his current position with SAVE Dade, he was a longtime member of the organization's Board of Directors.

Most recently, Tony was Vice President of the Miami Science Museum, directing the marketing, communications and sales efforts. He also directed marketing and communications efforts for the capital campaign and construction of the museum’s new building, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science at Museum Park.

Tony has a Bachelors of Arts degree in English from Florida State University and has completed Masters of Science coursework in Integrated Communications at Florida International University. In 2012, Tony completed the Miami Foundation Fellows program and was also named a Top Latino Leader by Latino Leaders Magazine, a national business publication. In 2013, he was named “Top 20 Under 40” by Brickell Magazine. Most recently, Tony is a featured leader in Our City Thoughts, a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funded multimedia collective of Miami’s most influential professionals.

Maria Barth, , has been involved in SAVE Dade for years, first as a regular volunteer, then as a field organizer during the 2012 election cycle, and currently as Deputy Director, a capacity in which she has been serving since January 2013. Prior to working for SAVE, Maria served as Chairwoman of the Broward chapter of Gen44, the under-40 fundraising organization for President Obama's 2012 presidential campaign. Under Maria's leadership the Broward chapter raised over $50,000 for the President's re-election effort.

Maria has also contributed to local activism and politics through her involvement in Awake Broward, the Florida Young Democrats, and state legislative campaigns.

Devin Cordero, , is a recent graduate of the visual journalism program in the University of Miami's School of Communication. He also studied political science at UM, and prior to working full-time for SAVE he split his time between the Coral Gables campus and SAVE HQ as the organization's webmaster and graphic design intern. He currently wears many hats working for SAVE, responsible not only for web management but also for social media, email communications, and media relations.

Starting as an intern during the 2012 campaign, Devin designed the 'Equality Means Vote' multimedia campaign that contributed to an 86% win rate among candidates and initiatives running in Miami-Dade County endorsed by SAVE. He was also responsible for the branding and graphic design for the highly successful 2013 Champions of Equality awards reception which broke records in terms of the number of guests in attendance and the amount of money raised in support of equality.

As a student at UM, Devin was also highly involved on campus. He was a chartering member of the Gamma Alpha chapter of Delta Lambda Phi, a groundbreaking social fraternity for gay, bisexual, and progressive men, and  in his senior year he served as webmaster for UM's award-winning Ibis Yearbook, initiating a revolutionary QR-code project designed to integrate digital multimedia with the printed publication through the use of smartphones and tablets such as the iPad. In his spare time he also performs freelance graphic design services under the name of Devin Cordero Design.

Justin Klecha, , brings years of experience working on campaigns to organize local LGBT communities to fight discrimination at the municipal level. Most recently, Justin worked for the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Leadership LAB (Learn, Act, Build), a project focused on preparing the next generation of LGBT leaders to effectively advocate for equal rights, build strong organizations, and fight anti-LGBT ballot measures. At the LAB, Justin organized the Video Team and analyzed voter data generated by the LAB’s actions.

Justin began his work as an activist on the 2009 No on 1 campaign in Maine. Since then he has worked on eight different campaigns to combat anti-LGBT prejudice and fight against climate change. During the 2012 election cycle, he co-led a team of organizers in Michelle Bachmann’s district in Minnesota for the Minnesotans United for All Families campaign.

Charo Valero, , has been working for SAVE Dade since May 2013. Prior to being hired to execute field operations for SAVE, Charo worked as a volunteer for the Aqua Foundation for Women, and in 2011 she was a recipient of the foundation's Aqua Scholarship. Currently working on her thesis, Charo is a masters' degree candidate in Florida International University's Religious Studies program, and she has previously completed a Masters in Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Prior to her role as Field Organizer, Charo worked in finance before choosing to become involved in the nonprofit world. Born and raised in Panama, she recently completed the process of acquiring her U.S. citizenship.

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