Progress Florida Staff

Mark Ferrulo

Executive Director

Raised in St. Petersburg, FL and a graduate of the University of South Florida, Mark has been working for public interest causes across the state for nearly two decades. Starting as a grassroots organizer in Miami, Mark worked his way up through the ranks of Florida PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) to become the director in 1998. At Florida PIRG, Mark played a key role in a number of public interest victories, including a successful effort to shut down the predatory car "Title Loan" industry that preyed on Florida's poorest consumers and passage of a permanent ban against oil drilling in Florida's state waters. Most recently, Mark served as the founding director of Environment Florida. When not "fighting the good fight," Mark enjoys soccer, nature photography and saltwater fishing.

Damien Filer

Political Director

Damien is an award-winning political strategist, ballot initiative expert and campaign veteran with more than a decade of experience crafting message and strategy for successful statewide campaigns in Florida and across the nation. Damien is a sought-after media trainer and speaker having trained students, community activists, campaign workers and candidates from around the country. He appears frequently in leading newspapers and on television and radio advocating for progressive policy solutions and government accountability. Damien is also the founder of Big Bend Biofuels. Damien was born in Tallahassee where he still lives and can frequently be found bird watching in the Fred George Basin.

Ray Seaman

Online Director

Ray is a leader among the Florida netroots community, one of the founders of the Florida Progressive Coalition, and an established progressive blogger. He is active in Marion County politics where he served as campaign manager for Iraq War veteran James Walker's bid for the State House District 24. Ray is a graduate of the University of Florida with a BA in Political Science and received a certificate in public leadership from the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. When Ray's not staring at a computer screen, he enjoys reading, studying the latest progressive policy ideas (he's a self-described "nerd",) the outdoors, and volunteering.

Jon Bleyer

Online Communications Specialist

Jon has been active in social and political causes throughout his life. He first got involved with progressive politics while attending Tulane University and later honed his grassroots organizing skills by directing the California Public Interest Research Group (CalPIRG) San Diego campaign office. Since then Jon has served as a campaign strategist and earned media consultant for a broad range of successful progressive issue campaigns in Florida and around the country. A native Floridian, Jon is co-founder and Internet organizer for Wildwood Preservation Society. When not online, Jon is an avid collector of banjos and vintage art.