SCOTT BARANCIK, CHAIR
Scott Barancik is the editor of Baylawsuits.com, a Tampa Bay area news service. He previously worked as a reporter at the Tampa Bay Times and in the Washington, D.C., bureau of American Banker. Before that, Barancik ran a national education campaign at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan research institute that has deep expertise in budget and tax issues and seeks to reduce poverty and inequality.
MARIA RODRIGUEZ, SECRETARY
Maria’s mission-driven, entrepreneurial spirit and strategic thinking have resulted in the establishment and growth of various organizations that have expanded access to housing, healthcare and education for low income and migrant families. She served as Executive Director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Deputy Director of the Human Services Coalition (now Catalyst Miami), Clinic administrator for the Good News Care Center, Lead organizer for the Arlandria Chirilagua Housing Cooperative among others. She is on the Board of several charitable organizations and has been quoted or interviewed by print, broadcast, local, national and international media. She has benefited from leadership training by the Miami Foundation, Rockwood and now the Move to End violence project of the Novo Foundation. She graduated from Georgetown University and is the mother of Dante.
MIREYA EAVEY, TREASURER
As the Sarasota Area President, Mireya provides strategic and operational direction for all United Way Suncoast community programs in DeSoto and Sarasota counties. Prior to joining United Way Suncoast, Mireya led CareerEdge Funders Collaborative (which provides an exceptional labor force to the region’s growing industries by leveraging community assets and forming high-performing workforce partnerships), which, in 2016, she brought under the umbrella of United Way Suncoast’s Sarasota-area financial stability services, a reinforcement of the work in this key component of the organization’s strategic plan.
Previously to leading CareerEdge, Mireya was the Workforce and Project Manager for the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, and Board Records Manager for the Clerk of Circuit Court in Sarasota. Mireya holds an MBA from Argosy University with a concentration in Sustainable Systems, and a BA in Business Administration from the University of South Florida.
Damian Thorman is currently the Director of the Social Innovation Fund which a joint project of the White House and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Thorman has held a number of senior executive positions in and out of government. In Washington, D.C. he served as Senior Political and Policy Advisor to U.S. Representative Bill Richardson, Professional Staff Member of the U.S. House Education Committee and Assistant Director of the Academy of Pediatrics. He helped lead the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s transition from an operating foundation to a foundation focused on systemic change. While at the Knight Foundation he led the foundation’s national strategy which focused on increasing participation in the democratic process through innovative approaches such as technology. This included a $40 million Tech for Engagement program which focused on building the civic tech field and investing in innovative tech start-ups. Damian also served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Missouri. He holds a J.D. and MBA.
Sherod Halliburton is the President of the Manatee Community Federal Credit Union. MCFCU now stands as one of the only Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified credit unions in southwest Florida. These projects illustrate Mr. Halliburton’s integration of workforce and economic development as a strategy to improve the lives of the residents of the Central CRA by leveraging resources and ultimately creating an environment that is more conducive to outside investment.
Previously, he has been the Chairman of the Suncoast Community Capital Corporation, the Bradenton Front Porch Council, the Central Community Redevelopment Agency, and Equifax. He holds degrees from Georgia State University and certificates from the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University, as well as Georgia Tech.
Mr. Halliburton is a founder and served as Co-Chairman for three years at the bi-county workforce development and training initiative CareerEdge Workforce Funders Collaborative (CWFC). CWFC is the first National Fund for Workforce Solutions site located in the Southeastern USA, and the first to be led by a public entity. The National Fund is dedicated to preparing jobseekers and employees for a career, not just a job. Mr. Halliburton is active in the Bradenton community. He has served as a Golden Herald Award Judge; Manatee County State of the Arts Panelist; Imagine Manatee Facilitator; Manatee County Head Start Policy Prevention Board Member; Manatee Juvenile Justice Council Member; Tropicana Black History Essay Judge; as an Advisory Board Member for Church Leaders Assuring Student Success; and as host of the Community Matters TV show. Mr. Halliburton has recently joined the board of directors of Manatee Community Action Agency and for five years held the statewide appointment on the board of directors for the Florida Redevelopment Association.
Having been raised by a single mother in one of the most economically depressed city in the country, Halliburton has acquired the expertise to assemble work groups and solve very complex community problems. He is recognized as a community development finance expert and holds a deep knowledge and compassion for the community especially as it relates to economically challenged populations.