Campaign Professional, Policy Advocate, Program Manager, Researcher, Author
I come from a respected political family. My Grandfather, Jose Manual Casanova, Sr. was a Cuban Senator, signer of the 1940 Constitution, and Sugarmill owner. He was known as the Sugar Czar and coined the term "Sin Azucar No Hay Pais." When my parents came to the US in exile in 1960, they made it their mission to advance the cause of Freedom and the protection of Capitalism, limited government, free speech, and a strong national defense. My father, Jose Manuel Casanova, Jr., became Chair of the Republican Party of Miami Dade County, and along with my Mother, Alicia Labrit Casanova, both were National Chairs of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly and Presidential Appointees under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, Sr.
I learned about politics, campaigning, and civic duty at their side at an early age. I volunteered on the campaign, helped coordinate events, and knocked on doors. Eventually, I received a BA in Political Science from Catholic University, interned for Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and worked at the national offices of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. In 2000 I worked for the Vermont Republican Legislative Election Committee as a campaign consultant. I supervised 40 state house candidates, where I learned the stark difference between national campaigns and rural politics.
Professionally, I've spent over 30 years in the association / non-profit world in a number of roles, including legislative aid, lobbyist, membership director, and program manager. I've served on the board of Cuban Cultural Heritage and the Cuban Sugarmill Owners Association. I am also an Alternative Committeewoman for the Republican Party of Miami-Dade County and Director of Membership for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Florida.
I am involved in a number of projects, both political and philanthropic, and I invite you to explore my ongoing projects here or visit my LinkedIn page. If you'd like to connect with me or volunteer, contact me.