Steve Simeonidis President
Steve is an attorney, activist, dog-dad and perpetually disgruntled Notre Dame football fan. In addition to being the acronym-loving EVP of MDYD, he is also the General Counsel of the Florida Young Democrats and the People’s Progressive Caucus. He also sits on the Miami-Dade Commission on Human Rights as well as the Chapman Partnership’s Nextgen Board.
Gustavo Perez VP of Finance
Gustavo Perez grew up in South Florida after emigrating from Venezuela in 1996. Currently, he works for FIS Global, a financial software company, implementing risk management systems for banks. In his role, he consults with banks so the Treasurer of the Bank has the tools to comply with Dodd-Frank regulation and to actively manage profitability and risk. He is an active member of the Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee, Coral Gables Democrats and Miami-Dade Young Democrats.
Gustavo is a proud alum of Miami-Dade public schools and graduated from Babson College, with a concentration in Finance.
William Byatt Executive Vice President
William Byatt runs daily operations for a worker-owned software development firm based out of Wynwood. After activating during the 2016 election cycle, William has been a relentless voice for progressive issues in the community and progressive reforms within the Democratic Party. He was a founding board member of the People's Progressive Caucus of Miami-Dade, before going on to join leadership here at the MDYD. In 2017 he became Treasurer of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, and his dearest policy dream is to create a public bank in Florida.
Diaundrea Sherill VP of Administration and Communications
I am Chef Diaundrea Marquetta Sherill, the Grand-daughter of Ms. Mary Etta Sherill and daughter of Celetha Sherill-Riley. I was born on January 25th, 1988 in Miami, FL at Jackson Memorial Hospital. I am told that my birthing was not an easy one, I suffered many setbacks that included my lungs collapsing during birth.
I attended Floral Heights Elementary School, Miami Springs Middle School, William H. Turner Technical Arts Sr. High (Industrial/Entertainment Technology – Academy/Green Shirt) and Miami Springs Sr. High School where I received my high school diploma.
The colleges I attended and graduated from include Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and Miami-Dade College-Wolfson campus. I am currently attending Florida International University, where I am studying Hospitality & Tourism Management, to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Cooking is one of my passions, I learned how to cook from my grandmother, from baking sweet potato bread to smothered porkchops, fried chicken and all the Southern favorites.
I consider myself as the “Exceptional Cook-Chef in the making”.
I have had the opportunity to work in both fast-food restaurants and fine dining restaurants. From Wendy's, to completing a Culinary Externship with Walt Disney World, and working as a cook for several hotels and local restaurants within Miami.
My community involvement includes volunteering at the Jackson Memorial Health System, Obama for America, Organizing for America, the Charlie Crist for Governor Campaign, and serving as a Volunteer Lead for the Andrew Gillum for Governor Campaign. I have also held food distributions throughout the community. I joined the Miami-Dade Young Democrats in 2013.
My hobbies include cooking, collecting cookbooks and menus from restaurants and going to the beach.
While I enjoy cooking, I am also an advocate for the community. It is my hope to help to contribute to restoring of our community (Liberty City/Model City), restoring the peace, love and compassion that we had for one another. I personally feel that our community has been raped of its value, our brothers and sisters are dying, killings and crime are at an all-time high amongst young people. I have felt this sting of death in my own family. I lost my cousin Jack P. Brown due to wounds he sustain from a shooting. His death nor any of the others of our community, was in vain. We will take back our community, we will stop our people from falling victim of such crimes, and we will restore our community. It only seems as though there is nothing we can do about it. However, I feel that with much prayer and resources we can combat against the crime and killings in our community. I am for the community.
While I am completing my studies at Florida International University and working within the Restaurant industry, I am also starting my own company “The Delicious De De Company”, centered around Event Planning, Health & Wellness and Catering.
Let us come together to restore, build and unite our community.