Desmond Meade is a formerly homeless returning citizen who overcame many obstacles to become the President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy, a graduate of Miami Dade College, Florida International University College of Law, and a Ford Global Fellow. Recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2019,Desmond presently leads efforts to empower and civically re-engage local communities across the state, and to reshape local, state, and national criminal justice policies. His work has resulted in being named Floridian and Central Floridian of the Year 2019. As President and Executive Director of FRRC, which is recognized for its work on voting and criminal justice reform issues, Desmond led the FRRC to a historic victory in 2018 with the successful passage of Amendment 4, a grassroots citizen’s initiative which restored voting rights to over 1.4 million Floridians with past felony convictions.
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