Marcus L. Dixon will join the Florida Democratic Party as its new executive director on Feb. 1.
The Miami native is a veteran political operative and labor leader with a proven track record of success overseeing political, legislative and electoral campaigns benefitting the working families of Florida. He will run FDP’s day-to-day operations, as he works with Manny Diaz, FDP’s newly elected chairman, to oversee the party's effort to fundraise, recruit and support Democratic candidates, and build a year-round grassroots organizing operation that turns Florida blue in 2022 and beyond.
Dixon comes to FDP after leading Diaz’s successful campaign for the chairmanship, and serving as the Florida executive director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the second-largest and fastest-growing union in North America with 2.1 million members, including more than 55,000 active and retired health care professionals, public employees and property service workers in Florida. Dixon was responsible for overseeing the group’s political, legislative, outreach and electoral operations in the state, including its coordinated and independent expenditure programs.
“Marcus is a proven, exemplary leader. I am thrilled that he has agreed to partner with me in this effort,” said Diaz. “[He] brings with him the passion and commitment to working people and public service that we need to move our party forward. His career embodies the core principle of the Democratic Party – the promise of the opportunity to fight for the American Dream for all Americans.”
Dixon has dedicated his career to uplifting working people in this state. Prior to being named executive director at SEIU Florida, he served as the organization’s state political director. Most recently he served as an executive committee member on the Amendment 2 ballot initiative that raised the minimum wage in Florida to $15 an hour.
Dixon’s résumé also includes work as policy advisor to then Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Commissioners Jean Monestime, and as political director on Charlie Crist’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign, policy director for Congresswoman Frederica Wilson and advisor to various candidates and issue campaigns.
“I could not think of a better person to be tapped for this role,” said Wilson. “Marcus’ experience working in government, organizing, labor and in building coalitions at every level is exactly what we need to be successful as a party. It is time we focus on winning elections and building a multiracial democracy. I am confident that as executive director, Marcus will help us do that.”
“I am humbled by the trust and support of our party’s leadership and clear-eyed about the monumental task ahead” said Dixon. “The pandemic has highlighted the real-life consequences of losing elections. We have to be present in our communities like never before and work passionately with each other on our common goal of electing candidates that will fight for all of us. I look forward to working with Chair Diaz to strengthen our party and bring disparate and oft-undervalued voices to the table to build an inclusive and unified, results-oriented coalition committed to long-term systematic change in this state.”
Dixon holds degrees from the University of Florida and Florida State University. He is a mentor and product of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, a member of the Florida Blue Key, a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and a recently elected member of the Democratic National Committee.