Eddie is an FSU Alumnus, a lifelong community organizer, and a human rights advocate. Eddie escaped the Castro regime at the age of six when he immigrated to Miami. After coming out to his family as gay at the age of sixteen, he experienced homelessness before being adopted by a caring family in Naples, FL. Eddie currently serves as SAVE’s Field and Community Organizer. SAVE is South Florida’s longest-serving LGBTQ advocacy organization. SAVE’s mission is to promote, protect and defend equality for people in South Florida who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Eddie brings to SAVE his enthusiasm for volunteer organizing and citizen engagement, which began during his early days of high school and college student activism. Eddie’s role with SAVE involves volunteer recruitment and leadership development to help build political power in favor of LGBTQ justice, including banning the torturous practice of conversion therapy in Florida. His history of volunteer service involves national and statewide coalition building on LGBTQ equality and ending homelessness for LGBTQ youth. In 2018, he raised over 32,000 dollars for Capital City Youth Services to help with the rapid rehousing of unaccompanied LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. He is currently a National Urban Fellow at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, completing his Master’s in Policy Management.