Matt is from sunny south Florida and is a three-time Gator. He first graduated from undergrad in 2003, followed by getting his doctorate in physical therapy in 2007, and lastly his MBA in 2009. As much as he loved living in Titletown, it came time to leave when he moved here to Washington, DC in the spring of 2010. When he is not watching Gator sports or playing sports with too competitive of an attitude, you can find him exploring the local breweries, going on a run around the city, or nerding out with a crossword puzzle. Go Gators!
Alex was born and raised in Miami, Florida. While at the University of Florida, he majored in public relations and political science and participated in many student organization including Student Government, Florida Blue Key and Hillel. Alex moved to D.C. upon graduation to pursue a career in public affairs. Currently, Alex works at Amplify Public Affairs and serves as an Associate for Public Affairs and Social Media. He works daily to create and implement innovative strategies that bridge traditional and new media resources.
Chelsea grew up in Satellite Beach, Florida and graduated from UF in 2012. While at UF she interned and served as treasurer for a local non-profit, worked at the Student Government Finance Office and was involved in various business related student organizations. She graduated with degrees in Economics and Political Science and minors in Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Communication Studies. After graduation Chelsea got a job with a bank and relocated to North Carolina for a nine-month training program. After the program she was excited to be placed in the DC area, where she currently works in commercial lending. In her free time Chelsea enjoys traveling, exploring DC, and of course cheering for the Gators!
Webmaster & VP of Projects
Jordan graduated from UF in 2009 with undergraduate degree in Economics. Since then, Jordan has Co-Founded a Tech Startup and is currently a Project Management Professional (PMP). He was previously on the Gator Club of Jacksonville Board of Directors before relocating to DC. Jordan was also a Board Member for the JAX Chamber Information Technology Council and was part of the inaugural team that founded Tech Coast Conference as the Webmaster and Director of Communications. Jordan handles all of the web development, graphic design and technology needs for the DC Gators.
Sara graduated from UF in 2009 with undergraduate degrees in journalism and political science, in addition to a certificate from the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. While on campus, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and community service organizations. She studied abroad on two UF programs – first in Berlin and then Sevilla. In June 2009, Sara moved from Orlando to Washington, DC. While in graduate school at GWU, Sara enjoyed working for fellow Gator and esteemed Floridian, Bob Graham, when he chaired a congressional and then presidential commission. She currently works at a trade association and lives with her husband Andy in Washington, DC.
Taylor Gilliland was born and raised in Sarasota, FL and completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with a minor in Applied and Professional Ethics at the University of Florida as a John V. Lombardi Scholar. While at UF, Taylor conducted HIV research in the School of Medicine and helped lead Outdoor Adventure Recreation, the GatorTeens mentor program, and the UF chapter of the Student Global AIDS Campaign. After Gainesville, Taylor completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of California San Diego where his research focused on understanding the structure and function of a family of proteins involved in immune cell migration. He then came to DC in 2014 as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow working at the National Institutes of Health, where he now is a Health Science Policy Analyst in the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). He also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, an international global health nonprofit organization.
VICE PRESIDENT, Corporate Relations & Special Projects
Todd was born in Miami, FL but raised in Orlando, FL. While at UF, he was active on campus as a Sigma Phi Epsilon (Hair Salon) and served as Social Chair. He received his bachelors in History with a minor in Education in 2001. He moved back to Orlando to pursue advertising sales where he remained until arriving in DC in 2009 looking for a new challenge and has loved it ever since. Todd is the pitcher for the DC Gator Club softball team in his fifth year (2014 Champions), co-founder of the All Florida Alumni of DC (AFLA-DC), a group consisting of alumni from Florida institutions in the capital region and represents the club with the SEC in DC alumni group. He became involved mid-year 2011 as a member-at-large, was then selected by Sean Taylor as his president-elect, served as club president from 2013-2014 and is in his second year as club vice-president. Todd is a national account manager selling advertising for a digital publication in downtown D.C. He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, two daughters and dog Stewie
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Government Relations/Legal Liaison
Julia was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 with a B.A. in Criminology and minors in both Sociology and Women’s Studies. She lived in Gainesville for another 5 years after graduation, and finally moved to DC to enroll at Georgetown Law in 2004. Even though she has been living and working in DC since her graduation from Georgetown, this is her first year on the DC Gator Board. She enjoys traveling, wine, concerts, watching Gator football and watching both Florida and Georgetown basketball.
Immediate Past President
Ramon is the immediate past president of the DC Gator Club and has served on the board for the past few years.
Young & Involved Chair
Mina grew up in Coral Springs, Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. During her time in Gainesville, she founded UF’s first local sorority, Delta Nu Zeta, a service organization that provides girls a sisterhood while improving the local community. Mina also served as the social media manager for the inaugural frank gathering, an annual meeting of public interest communicators. Mina is currently the communications associate at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the nation’s largest advocacy organization working on tobacco-related issues. In her spare time, Mina enjoys everything Disney, binge-watching comedies on Netflix and eating brunch.
AVP, EVENT PLANNING
Sammi Levy if from Davie, Florida and graduated from UF in 2013 where she studied public relations. At UF, Sammi was involved in student government, Florida Blue Key ‘s Speakers Bureau and her sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. She now works at CEB Global, supporting businesses with technology best practices and insights.
Todd Thompson (see above)
INTERIM Director of social Media
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AVP of Watch Parties