Florida PIRG Students is a training and action program based on a model that has been helping students make change for 50 years on issues such as protecting the environment and public health, revitalizing our democracy, feeding the hungry and more.

Our organizers, interns, and volunteers focus on tangible issues, provide critical skills trainings, build coalitions, plan events, get media attention, lobby decision makers, and coordinate with students on their campus, across the state, and throughout the country to bring about real change on issues that really matter.

This year we’re working on campuses across the state to fight food insecurity, lower the cost of textbooks, save the bees, and more!

Eckerd PIRG 2023-2024 Newsletter

During the 2023-2024 academic year, Florida PIRG at Eckerd College accomplished many goals and held a number awesome events for the Eckerd community!

Read our 2023-2024 Newsletter

PIRG Campus Action Fall 2023 Newsletter

In Fall 2023, Florida PIRG students and Student PIRG clubs across the county helped make a real impact in their communities.

Read Our Fall 2023 Newsletter Here

Student Leadership:

Graceanne Hoback // Florida State University Clubs President and Affordable Textbooks Campaign Co-Coordinator

Graceanne is a 3rd year Political Science and Sociology double major at Florida State University. Inspired in her first semester by the club’s goals of achieving greater equality in the classroom by making course materials more accessible for all students, she has stayed with the team ever since! In her time with PIRG, Graceanne has most enjoyed the leadership growth she has been able to see her passionate team undergo.

Sam Appel // Florida State University New Voters Project Campaign Coordinator

Sam is a second year Political Science major at FSU, and has have been involved with PIRG since the fall of 2021. He is originally from St. Petersburg, Florida and loves the beach and all things sunny! He serves as the campaign coordinator for the New Voters Project at FSU, and is passionate about making sure Gen Z is showing up and showing out at the ballot box!

Annabelle Folsom // University of South Florida Club President

Annabelle is a junior studying Political Science at the University of South Florida and has been involved with PIRG since her first semester at USF. Annabelle started as an intern for the New Voters Project because she is passionate about institutionalizing voting on campus! After her internship as tabling coordinator, she become the President of USF PIRG, and currently oversees the New Voters Project, Break Free From Plastic, and Affordable Textbooks campaigns on campus. She is excited to keep making big changes at USF!

Arjun Manohar // University of South Florida Club Vice President and New Voters Project Campaign Coordinator

Arjun is a second year Political Science and Criminology major at the University of South Florida. He enjoys reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends. He got involved with the New Voters Project during Fall 2022 before the Midterm Elections, wanting to help get students the resources they needed to vote and be civically engaged. He currently serves as the New Voters Project coordinator at USF and is working to make sure young people’s voices are being heard and reflected by our elected officials.

Maia Ryan // University of South Florida Break Free From Plastic Campaign Coordinator

Maia is a first-year Computer Science major at the University of South Florida. She has been involved in PIRG as an intern since Fall 2023. This year, she is the campaign coordinator of USF’s sustainability initiative, Break Free From Plastic. She is committed to protecting the environment and creating a platform where student voices can be heard. She is ecstatic to help USF break free from plastic and participate in large events such as Climate Teach-In Week and Earth Day in 2024. Maia enjoys running, reading, and connecting with new people in her free time.

Staff:

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Manny Rin  // Organizing Director

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Manny began his career in college as a student leader with CALPIRG. Now he works with staff and students to make sure the largest voting block in the country is activated and empowered. Previously the executive director of Change Corps, Manny has extensive experience leading campaigns, including working with MoveOn.org Political Action to get out the vote in swing states in 2014, and with Everytown for Gun Safety to pass gun safety legislation in Oregon. Manny lives in Denver, where he enjoys running, playing pool and trivia with friends.

Dan Xie // Political Director

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Dan directs the national political strategy and grant fundraising for the Student PIRGs. Dan has managed successful campaigns from coast to coast to cap global warming pollution, fight the high cost of higher education, and make voting more accessible for students. She has recruited and trained hundreds of students and staff on public interest campaigns and got her start as an intern with CALPIRG Students. Dan lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she is an avid cyclist and climber.