Debbie Soto of Argentine heritage, was born in Brooklyn, however raised in Detroit’s southwest neighborhood prior to moving to the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area in her early teens where she stayed to attend school. “Si Se Puede” (yes, it can be done) was an attitude Debbie learned early on as a child, her parents impressed upon her the importance of public service and were heavily involved in civic engagements, particularly fighting for immigrant rights, she had the honor of marching hand in hand with the late great Cesar Chavez and ever since has had a passion & drive to be an active steward for her community.
Debbie Soto is a paralegal and has over 20 years experience in the legal arena having worked at Brinks Hofer Gilson and Lione’s one of the top 10 Intellectual Property Law Firms in the country as their Firm Administrator/Case Manager; the University of Michigan as their Dept./Case Manager with additional responsibilities in research and grant writing and most recently at a Fortune 500 company in the Orlando area as a corporate paralegal. Since moving to the Orlando area in 2008 she has continued her work as an activist with a variety of local organizations and her involvement with the Universal Zulu Nation and was one of the founders and subsequent President of the Orlando Charter.
Led by her personal convictions on justice and equality in civil rights and a desire to be of service against disparities and inequities that plagues all communities of color, led her to become formally involved with Organize Now, she views this as an opportunity to be of service in an organization working towards defending and upholding civil rights. Debbie is dedicated to uplifting and empowering her community, being an advocate to the people by giving a voice to many that do not have one and sincerely believes that giving back is a responsibility.
Board of Directors
- Debbie Soto, Chair
- Ida Eskamani, Secretary
- Paul Heroux, Treasurer
- Coy Jones
- Lacresha "Sista Queen" Thomas, Co-Chair