Salandra Benton, executive director of Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, is the convener of Florida National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and a member of NCBCP national board. Her advocacy for women’s empowerment includes international solidarity, partnering with women in Colombia, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, and other East African countries.

Enjoying four decades of community organizing, Salandra has been honored with numerous awards and accolades including the NAACP Benjamin L Hooks Award, NCBCP Spirit of Democracy Award, Davis Productivity Award, the Asa Philip Randolph Institute (APRI State of Florida), the Ford Foundation, Metropolitan Life Foundation, and United StatesDepartment of Agriculture.

Salandra served as State Community Organizer and State Field Director for Florida AFL-CIO. Prior to that she served as the Organizing Director for American Federation State County Municipal Employees in Florida and various other positions throughout the labor movement.

Salandra has a degree in business administration and was elected by her peers to be the class speaker for the Harvard Trade Union Program in 2008. Her passions include mentoring the next generation of leaders and shining light and love on her family.