A lifelong Orlandoan, I have deep roots in its community. Not only was I born and raised in the heart of the city beautiful, but I now hold a graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from one of its most prestigious universities, the University of Central Florida. At 27, I am the youngest director at my organization, Organize Florida and Organize Florida Education Fund. Organize Florida and Organize Florida Education Fund are community-based, nonprofit and nonprofit member organizations of low and moderate income people dedicated to the principles of social, racial, and economic justice and the promotion of an equal and fair Florida for all. In the last year the organization has experienced a staggering amount of growth, of which I am proud to say I am a part. As the Program Design & Data Director I have been able to expand our programs and help build internal systems to support the work of the organization and its staff. I was inspired to join Organize Florida because the organization’s work is more than just a bandaid solution. Organize Florida is after systemic, long-term change and I need to be a part of something that has the potential to change the lives of everyone for the better. Which brings me to Crave. I am most excited about Crave’s potential to have an open dialogue that not only helps you build on your goals but allows for a diversity of perspectives.
I am a 33 year old woman from Jacksonville, Florida named Molli Miller. I am the owner of Molli Miller Surf School. I love surfing, teaching, children, the outdoors and nature, traveling, filling other people’s buckets and using my creativity. This business allows me to use my greatest gifts to do what I am most passionate about while serving others. I am most excited about bouncing ideas off of each other in the Crave community. I also support www.mbssurfing.com.
An Orlando native with a Spanish soul, I love experiencing other cultures, seeing how other people live, and considering the way language shapes the way we think. I’m a learner. I love listening to experts, enthusiasts, and the curious-minded. In my work with Playground City, my job is to discover what it is that inspires young people to move from “hanging out’ to “geeking out,” and connect that learning in “geeking out” to real-world opportunities. It took me a long time to figure out what my passions were, and so I love Playground City because it makes it possible for youth to discover interests and passions. I’m most excited to participate in Crave for the opportunity to grow my knowledge of good leadership and to grow alongside an intimate community of like-minded change makers.
Despite moving nearly 26 times, I name Winter Park as the place I am “from.” That said, I and my family comprised of husband, Jeff, and daughters, Macie and Sadie, have been in Ormond Beach since 2007 or “my whole life” as the kids would say. I have completed a Bachelor’s in Business with minors in Mass Communications and Economics from the University of Florida, and a Master’s in Divinity from Columbia and University of Dubuque Seminaries. Among my social contacts, it became clear a few years ago that there were inadequate venues for spiritual exploration for people who didn’t feel like they fit or didn’t feel welcome in churches. From this consensus, the idea was born for Missing Peace — A place where doubter and disciple could both gather for spiritual practices, physical activities, cerebral discussions and serving opportunities. To do this, we began meeting in August of 2015 as a nomadic community of sorts. We would meet weekly and travel the area seeking these different experiences in order to connect with each other and the divine in meaningful ways. I am excited to collaborate with other creatives and outside the box thinkers on ways to do my work both efficiently and effectively, as well as benefit from the accountability of mentoring and cohorts naturally provide.
Hanah Murphy is a life-long Floridian and food justice seeker. After earning a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Florida State University, she directed an urban farm focused on increasing local food accessibility and strengthening social networks by bringing people together at the table. Her resolution to advance community health through a more grassroots approach continued in the non-profit sector where she led curriculum development and collaborative initiatives with Playground City. These local-level activities revealed persistent systemic injustices and fueled her passion for finding ways to empower people to build alternative systems that are centered on care and deep community. At the Maryland Institute College of Art, she completed a Master’s in Social Design with this charge to investigate the intersection of technology, cultural tradition, and resiliency as it relates to the evolution of food systems and urban design. Hanah continuously seeks to infuse curiosity, playful learning, and good food in all of her pursuits and partnerships.
My name is Alejandro Musa, I’m from Argentina and I’m a skateboarder, among other things. I got into skateboarding shortly after moving here 17 years ago and have been devoted to it ever since. Throughout the last decade, I’ve immersed myself in initiatives that enrich the skateboarding community and promote the good that can come out of it. Skateboarding engages youth in a way that not many things can nowadays, it encourages creativity and individuality to a degree that could positively influence all areas of life. I’m an advocate to the advancement of skateboarding and want to make the most impact in my community by leading an organization that does just that. A place that advocates, educates, and provides a safe space for generations to come is what I want to create. I’m excited for the opportunity to work with Crave and look forward to the growth that could come from it!