Meet the Staff

new_tony_headshot_sept15.gifTony Lima, Executive Director
Tony Lima (He/Him His) 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-small.pngJustin KlechaDeputy Director 
Justin Klecha (He/Him His) 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. 



charo_2013_1.jpgAlex Spriggs, Membership & Events Coordinator 
Alex Spriggs (He/Him His) 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.



bren_headshot_staff_page2.pngBren Pantilione, Campaign Manager 
Bren Pantilione (They/Them/Theirs) 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.



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