Francisco Pedro graduated from Florida International University with a B.A. in English Literature and a Film Studies Certificate. Since then, he worked in the film festival circuit and relocated seasonally in order to attend and/or work for showcases in cities including Miami, New York, São Paulo, Havana and Karlovy Vary.
Wanting to live in New York City permanently, Francisco joined Grassroots Campaigns in 2015 as a canvasser for the American Civil Liberties Union. Inspired by the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court verdict a few weeks before, his fundraising supported legal and lobbying efforts that would prevent LGBT individuals from facing workplace discrimination in 29 states. He eventually had the honor of representing Planned Parenthood Federation of America during the year when the attacks against the reproductive healthcare provider reached an all-time high.
After months of working for the Manhattan office as a field manager, Francisco eventually became a director and ran multiple field projects in the 2016 election year. The mobile campaigns he worked on included door outreach for the Nevada caucus, voter activation for the Connecticut primaries, get-out-the-vote efforts in the key state of Florida, and support for local candidates in Colorado. The major victory of 2016 was running the Denver office for the Yes on Colorado End-of-Life Options petition campaign. After 150,000 signatures were gathered in order to get it on the ballot, the measure gave terminally ill Coloradans the right to end their lives peacefully when it passed on November 8th.
When he’s not helping run the Manhattan fundraising office, Francisco continues to direct field projects around the country as we continue to build the resistance.
“If anyone has the skills to communicate with people and build membership through outreach, not getting involved in 2017 is irresponsible.”