About Evelyn (the Founder of Political Pasión)
Evelyn Perez-Verdia, born of an American father from Louisville, Kentucky and a mother from Bogota, Colombia who were one of the first missionaries to help the deaf in Colombia is a lover of multiculturalism, just causes and good government. Here motto is: “In unity there is strength.” Evelyn, completely fluent in Spanish, English and Dactylology is known for her straightforward style and in-depth understanding of the political and cultural landscape.
Evelyn, who graduated in International Studies from The University of South Florida and has a specialization in Negotiation and Conflict Management from the University of Notre Dame is a political strategist and commentator that creates messages that resonate with the emerging Hispanic community. Her strength are elections. Her specialization is the growing Hispanic community within Florida. For her work, The Tampa Bay Business Journal awarded her as one of the “30 Under 30″ in 2007, the year she started her consulting firm Transnational Relations. Evelyn was also selected as one of Tampa Bay’s Latina Movers and Shakers by Latin Times Magazine.
Until 2014, Evelyn provided her expertise in communications for one of the largest election offices in the nation (Broward County) where she was one of the principal architects handling media in the historical 2008 presidential election at the international level such as CNN, The New York Times, The National Journal, The Los Angeles Times, in addition to most statewide media entities in Florida. In 2007 she handled the Hispanic Engagement Campaign for the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office. She has been a Campaign Manager for a local winning election and also has worked as a federal caseworker and congressional aide for former Congressman Jim Davis of Tampa, Florida. As a lover of art, Evelyn also worked as the Communications and Programming Director for the Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts which was founded by the David Rockefeller Foundation. She has also been a community advisor for the Florida Institute for Community Studies where she did focus groups with migrant women and youth in Florida. In addition, she has given her time to advise different statewide campaigns and groups in Florida on how to engage multicultural communities.
Along with other media groups, Evelyn is a political writer and has appeared in the Associated Press, CNN en Español, the Miami Herald, the Sun-Sentinel, Creative Loafing, La Gaceta Newspaper, Siete Días Newspaper, Centro Mi Diario, tbt*, Miami Diario, Las Americas Herald, La Prensa Mexicana, Tampa Bay Business Journal, Latin Times Magazine, the USF Alumni Association Magazine, The USF Magazine, Florida this Week, Univisión Televisión, Telemundo, Mira TV, AmericaTV, Bay News 9 en Español and in Carrusel, one of the most recognized magazines in her native country, Colombia.
On April 7th, 2015 Evelyn was given the “Antonio Nariño” National Award of Journalism of Colombia for her work with politics and Hispanics in the United States. Her mentors are Joan Newcomb, the woman who guided her to ge involved in Florida politics due to Evelyn not having the money in that time to do an internship in Washington D.C. and Maria Esther Carrillo, founder of Taller Inter Cultural Hispano-Americano, Intercultural Hispanic-American Workshop (TICH) who taught her the importance of getting involved in the community. Evelyn is registered to vote as “No Party Affiliation” and considers herself an Independent blessed by many Democratic and Republican friends. She lives in Weston, Florida with her husband Gonzalo, her two children, Paulina and Gael and her dog Frida.
- Appointed to the Diversity Advisory Council by the Broward County Commission
- Vice President, The Florida Association of Hispanic Journalists
- Chair of the Committee of Government and Elections Information for the Florida Association of Hispanic Journalists
- Member of the League of Women Voters of Florida
- Former President of the Hispanic Alliance of Tampa Bay (40 Hispanic organizations under one umbrella)
- Former Board Member of the Hispanic-American Intercultural Workshop (TICH)
- Founding Member of the Hispanic Young Professional and Entrepreneurs (HYPE)
- Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Democratic Professional Council Tampa Bay Chapter (DPC)
- Creator of the Art on Loan Program for Congressman Jim Davis, District 11 Florida
- Member of the USF Alumni Association
- Former Advisory Board Member of Creative Tampa Bay
- Former mentor for the Hispanic Youth of Tampa Bay
- Creator and Presenter of Academic Class “Dress Smart Bulls” for the Legislative Internship Program at the University of South Florida
- Honorary Member of the Cultural Center for the Deaf Foundation of Colombia (FCCSC)
- Co-founder of Hispanic Vision Forum
- Founder of Oye! Weston
- Delegate for the Colombian Delegation of Florida in Tallahassee
- Nominated for The Broward County Emerging Cultural Leadership Program