Sheyla Asencios (she/her) is a veteran political operative, organizer and communications strategist hailing from Lima, Peru. She has dedicated the past ten years of her career connecting issues to elections, advancing progressive policies, and helping elect candidates up and down the ballot.
As Program Director, Sheyla is responsible for designing and overseeing the implementation of organizing programs that focus on empowering, engaging and mobilizing progressive voters. She first stepped foot in the world of politics while working at a county bar association and devoting her spare time helping to get then State Representative Darren Soto, elected to his State Senate seat in her hometown of Kissimmee, Florida. His victorious campaign sparked her interest in politics. Years later, she would serve as his District Director and Health Policy Staffer in Florida’s 9 Congressional District during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sheyla has climbed the political ladder one rung at a time, becoming intimately familiar with each and every facet of the political process. She brings an extensive organizing, policy, lobbying and coalition-building background to Scale for Change, having held key political and leadership positions in the Florida Democratic Party, For Our Future Action Fund, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ, as well as several gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. A messaging pundit, she has appeared on numerous media networks, in addition to making contributions as a reporter, editor and guest writer, and received several awards and recognitions for her contributions.
Sheyla holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Global Strategic Communications from Florida International University. When she isn’t busy crafting campaigns that drive change and build capacity, she can usually be found working out at OrangeTheory or spoiling her nephews — Aaron and Mateo.