Kilan Bishop President


Kilan Bishop is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Miami, where she is completing her dissertation research studying genetic factors that influence triple negative breast cancer development and progression. Kilan has over eight years of biomedical research experience and has been awarded three federally funded fellowship programs dedicated to increasing diversity in the scientific workforce.

Kilan began active membership in the Miami Dade Young Democrats serving as Community Service Director and now serves as the organization’s President. She also serves as a member of the City of Miami Sea Level Rise Committee as an advocate for low-income communities in resiliency planning.


Steve Simeonidis Executive Vice 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.


William Byatt VP of Admin & Communications

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.


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.