Miami has been Franccesca’s home since she immigrated from Peru with her family at age 8. She has spent most of her life in District 115, and is a proud graduate of Miami-Dade Public Schools. Franccesca earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Florida International University, becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree.
Helping her community has always been at the heart of Franccesca’s professional and personal life. She turned her master’s in public administration into a career advising nonprofits on the business strategies they need to strengthen communities. She has over 14 years of experience, working with community based organizations, international development organizations (NGOs) and institutions of higher education that specialize in education, family planning, domestic violence and other social services. She currently works as a Director of Finance and Operations for a Georgetown University department.
A committed community servant, Franccesca serves as a leader and mentor for a range of organizations and is a member and the former Chair of the Miami-Dade Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board. She also volunteers as a Troop Leader for her two daughters’ Girl Scouts Troop.
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As a Board Member at Be Strong International, Franccesca is passionate about education. Be Strong International delivers educational programming “centered around healthy relationships, financial literacy and educational and career success” to students in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Franccesca believes that Florida’s legislature must fully fund its education system in order to give Florida’s kids the education they deserve.
As a result of Climate Change, Florida has seen a significant increase in extreme weather events in recent years. Franccesca believes that the state of Florida should do more to combat the effects of Climate Change and protect the state’s water supply.
A legislature that listens to the people
Florida politicians have been prioritizing their party over the people for too long. This includes their refusal to adopt Amendment 4, the Florida referendum that gave formerly incarcerated individuals the right to vote. Following the passage of the amendment, the Republican-led legislature instituted rules to disenfranchise these formerly incarcerated citizens and voted to make it harder for Florida residents to pass referendums in the future. Franccesca is running for Florida House to be a legislator who listens to her constituents and fights for their needs.
“Cesti-Browne launches her campaign for Florida State House District 115” – Miami’s Community Newspaper
Florida’s state legislature is poised for Democratic gains. In 2018, Democrat Andrew Gillum narrowly lost the Governor’s race to Republican Ron DeSantis by less than half a point, and Democrats flipped two Congressional and 7 State Senate seats.
GOP state legislators drew the state’s Congressional and state legislative district lines in their favor after the last round of redistricting in 2010. Following successful legal challenges, the Florida Senate district lines were redrawn in 2015 to be less gerrymandered, but the House remains badly gerrymandered in favor of Republicans.
Nonetheless, there are some great opportunities for Democrats in both chambers, particularly after 2018’s successful citizen-initiated ballot initiative (Amendment 4), whose passage means that more than a million formerly incarcerated people can now register to vote in Florida, offering an opportunity for Democrats to expand the electorate.
These are ‘last chance’ races: whoever is elected to the state legislature in 2020 will draw the next round of district lines. It is our last chance to build power in FL’s legislature ahead of redistricting, which has implications for the next entire decade.