Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Excited to serve as Ambassador on the national New Leaders Council (NLC) Leadership Board of Advisors

Ron Bilbao, NLC Miami Board Member, Legislative Specialist, Florida Education Association
Ron_Bilbao_headshot_2014.jpegRon Bilbao is Legislative Specialist at the Florida Education Association (FEA), Florida’s largest association of professional employees with more than 140,000 members. He is a proud Miami native of Venezuelan and Colombian heritage.
Ron’s passion for social justice was firmly rooted at a young age. In high school, he served as President of the Miami-Dade County Student Government Association (SGA) where he created their first student-lobbying program leading fellow students to the state capital to advocate for anti-bullying legislation and juvenile justice reform. He also led the SGA in a federal lawsuit against the Miami-Dade County School Board for banning the children’s book Vamos a Cuba.
In college, Ron continued his tradition of student-led advocacy through founding the North Carolina Coalition for College Access, which lobbied state leaders for in-state tuition for undocumented youth. As a first generation college student, he founded the university’s Latina/o center to advance opportunities for this emerging population.
Ron returned home to Miami in 2010 to become the lobbyist for the ACLU of Florida defending civil liberties in an adversarial legislature. Most recently, Ron served as Political Director for SEIU Local 1991 representing nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals at the nation’s largest public hospital system Jackson Health.
In 2014, Ron was selected by LatinoLeaders Magazine as one of Miami’s “Leaders of the Future” and was named one of the “30-under-30 Rising Stars in Florida Politics” by Saint PetersBlog.
Ron is a founding fellow of the 2012 NLC Miami inaugural class and has since served as Chapter Vice Director and in various roles on the exec team. Ron also serves on the Board of Directors of SAVE, Miami-Dade's largest LGBT advocacy organization. Ron is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently resides in Miami.