The Florida Democratic Party has named veteran political operative and labor leader, Marcus L. Dixon, as its new Executive Director. In this role, Dixon will run FDP’s day-to-day operations, as he works with newly-elected FDP Chairman Manny Diaz to oversee the Party’s effort to fundraise, recruit and support Democratic candidates and build a year-round grassroots organizing operation that turns Florida blue in 2022 and beyond.
Dixon comes to FDP after leading Chairman Diaz’s successful campaign for the Chairmanship and serving as the Florida Executive Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – the second-largest and fastest – growing union in North America with 2.1 million members, including more than 55,000 active and retired healthcare professionals, public employees, and property service workers in Florida. Dixon was responsible for overseeing the group’s political, legislative, outreach and electoral operations in Florida, including its coordinated and independent expenditure programs.
A native of Miami, prior to being named Executive Director at SEIU Florida, Dixon served as the organization’s state Political Director. Most recently he served as an Executive Committee member on the Amendment 2 ballot initiative that raised the minimum wage in Florida to $15 an hour.
Dixon’s resume also includes work as Policy Advisor to then-Chairman of the Miami-Dade Board County Commissioners Jean Monestime, a Political Director on Charlie Crist’s 2014 Gubernatorial Campaign, Policy Director for Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, and as an advisor to various candidates and issue campaigns.
“I am humbled by the trust and support of our party’s leadership and clear-eyed about the monumental task ahead” said Dixon. “The pandemic has highlighted the real-life consequences of losing elections. We have to be present in our communities like never before and work passionately with each other on our common goal of electing candidates that will fight for all of us.”
Dixon graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida, where he was elected Student Body Vice President. Dixon also graduated from Florida State University with a Master of Public Administration. He is a mentor and product of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Program, a member of the Florida Blue Key, a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc, and a recently-elected member of the Democratic National Committee. Dixon’s first day on the job will be February 1. A native of South Florida, he currently resides in Miramar.