Tony Lima, Executive Director, Tony Lima is an external affairs professional with more than 19 years of experience in crafting and executing programs that combine advertising, social marketing, media relations, social media, corporate communications, fundraising, guerrilla and event marketing, public affairs and community relations. Before assuming his current position as Executive Director of SAVE, he was a longtime member of the organization's Board of Directors.
Under his leadership, SAVE successfully sued the state of Florida to legalize same-sex marriage in early 2015 and passed comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for transgender individuals at the Miami-Dade County Commission. In 2014, SAVE helped a record number of its endorsed candidates win their elections, including electing Daniella Levine Cava to the County Commission, defeating an incumbent only the third time in Miami-Dade County history. In 2015, SAVE again ran the table by helping elect five of six its endorsed candidates, most recently playing a pivotal role in helping Ken Russell win the upset for City of Miami's District 2 Commission race.
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. In early 2016, he was selected by Commissioner John Elizabeth Aleman as her appointee to the LGBT Advisory Committee for City of Miami Beach.
Justin Klecha, Deputy Director, brings years of experience working on campaigns to organize local LGBT communities to fight discrimination at the municipal and state 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.
During his time at SAVE, Justin has managed nearly 100 Action PAC endorsements, coordinated efforts to create the Prejudice Reduction Canvassing that was published in Science, and lead the project that created the nationally renowned PSA “Family is Everything” featuring Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. He currently leads the organization’s policy and political work.
Devin Cordero, Communications & Marketing Manager, began interning for SAVE in during the 2012 election while finishing his studies at the University of Miami. He graduated in 2013 and became SAVE's full-time communications staffer, putting to use his skills in design and media management.
Devin has been a long time activist for progress, tracing his first involvement in politics back to anti-war protests as a high schooler in opposition to the war in Iraq. Since then he has become more involved with issues across the spectrum, and is proud to count himself as a long time volunteer of SAVE and other organizations advocating for justice and progress.
Alex Spriggs, Membership & Events Coordinator, began as a volunteer with SAVE in November 2014 shortly after arriving in Miami. After volunteering with SAVE for over a year, Alex joined the SAVE team on a full time basis focusing on Special Events and Membership at the start of 2016.
Born in Malaysia, Alex grew up in Brisbane, Australia and made Miami his permanent home in 2014. Alex has a background in hotel management and is an avid traveler, an interest that saw him living and working in Japan for a year as an English instructor.
He is the proud father of two rescue dogs, Mandy and Luca, who are the unofficial mascots of SAVE.
Carla Peña, Public Education Manager, has dedicated her professional and personal life to social advocacy. As a graduate of NYU, Carla joins SAVE with a background in healthcare and social services. She is also a former Public Allies AmeriCorps member and City Year program manager. With experience in youth work as the former program assistant for the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, no enterprise has had such a deeply personal connection and commitment for her than that of social advocacy and education especially as it pertains to LGBT issues and community organizing.
Born and raised in New York City to a Cuban father and a Nuyorican mother, Carla has made Miami home since 2016.
It is not only her personal narrative that makes Carla a devoted public servant but her singular desire to serve with compassion and humility.
Bren Pantilione, Campaign Manager, comes from a background of education and grassroots organizing. Most recently, Bren served as a Deputy Training Director and the Fellowship Director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.
In their home state of Arizona, Bren served as the Deputy Field Director of Competitive Arizona, an organization fighting for nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Arizonans. Bren has also been a campaign manager for a city council race in 2015, a state senate candidate in 2014, and a community organizer around higher education and LGBT issues.
When not in the United States, Bren works as an English as a Foreign Language Teacher and has worked in countries such as Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Egypt. Bren was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Islamic Studies.