Florida PIRG Students work with professional staff at colleges and universities across Florida to make sure our peers have the skills, opportunities and training they need to create a better, more sustainable future for all of us.

You may know us from our New Voters Project, our non-partisan youth voter mobilization effort to help first-time voters have the tools they need to get registered and turn out to vote. Just last fall, we trained more than 200 volunteers, helped to register 9,000 young people to vote, and engaged more than 15,000 students. We co-hosted two Florida student voter summits at UCF and FIU with Campus Vote Project and participated in Michelle Obama’s ‘When We All Vote’ week of action — and she highlighted our Florida work with a retweet! Our Get-Out-The-Vote campaign held 20 parties at the polls and helped to increase turnout from the 2014 midterms on many of the campuses where we organized: at University of South Florida we saw a 289% increase, and at Florida State University saw a 198% increase.

This year we’re working on over a dozen campuses across the state to phase out single use plastics, help campuses commit to 100% renewable energy and help register thousands of young people to vote. 

Our Leaders

Alex Gordon // Eckerd College Chapter Chair

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Alex Gordon is the Chair for our Chapter of Florida PIRG Students at Eckerd College in St. Pete. At Eckerd, she is a junior studying Environmental Studies and Political Science. Alex first got her start organizing as an intern on the New Voters Project. She then ran a successful Break Free From Plastics Campaign which resulted in Eckerd being the 1st campus in the country to sign and implement the Break Free From Plastic Pledge to eliminate all unnecessary single-use plastics on campus.

Niamh Harrop // University of Central Florida Club President

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Niamh Harrop is the President of Florida PIRG Students at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Niamh is a junior studying Political Science with minors in Nonprofit Management and History. She began working with Florida PIRG at the beginning of the New Voters Project in 2020 and helped the UCF on-campus precinct reach 107% turnout. Niamh is excited to help push the nation’s biggest college campus to achieve environmental and sustainable solutions for its students.

John Engstrom // University of Florida Club President

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John Engstrom is the President of Florida PIRG Students at the University of Florida in Gainesville. John is a senior studying Economics and Statistics. John first started working with the PIRGs during the New Voters Project in 2020 and worked as a coordinator in order to help their team to register over 900 new voters. John is very eager to put their mind to work for ways to institutionalize voting on campus and make our future brighter (renewably speaking) than ever!

Alyssa Guarino // University of South Florida Club President

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Alyssa Guarino is the current Florida PIRG Club President at the University of South Florida. Alyssa is a junior studying Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Religious Studies. She became involved with Florida PIRG Students to increase awareness of social, sustainable, and voting campaigns on her campus. Alyssa had her start as a campaign coordinator with the New Voter’s Project in 2020 and will continue to help establish an environment of advocacy and change at USF and in the Tampa Bay area.

Andres Cubillos // Florida State University Club President

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Andres Cubillos is the President of Florida PIRG Students at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Andres is a freshman who is Studying Political Science and Public Administration, with a minor in criminal justice. Andres first became involved with Florida PIRG students during the New Voters Project and worked as a campaign coordinator. Andres is eager to work to help students make their voices heard on issues that they care about in Tallahassee and across the state of Florida.

Isabel Muir  // Campus Organizer // University of Central Florida and University of Florida

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Isabel is our Campus Organizer working with student leaders at the University of Central Florida and University of Florida. She graduated from Eckerd College in 2020, where she was Florida PIRG’s Chapter Chair, with a degree in International Relations and Global Affairs. When she’s not empowering students to win our campaigns, she enjoys hanging out with her dog and trying new restaurants.

Crystal Boutwell  // Campus Organizer // University of South Florida – Tampa, Florida State University

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Crystal is the Campus Organizer working with our students at the University of South Florida and Florida State University. She has degrees in sociology and natural resources management from Auburn University. She is based in Tampa, Florida.

Arielle Mizrahi  //  Lead Organizer

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Arielle is our Lead Organizer working with student leaders at Eckerd College and other campuses across Florida. She graduated from Rutgers-New Brunswick in 2017 with a degree in sociology, organized with PIRG students in Connecticut and New Jersey before moving to Florida to work with Florida PIRG Students!

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.

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