2018 PBCYD Board L to R:  Rob Long, President. Alexandria Ayala, Vice President. Steven Licari, Treasurer. Tom Valeo, Secretary. Alex Heathcock, Policy Chair.

2018 PBCYD Board L to R:

Rob Long, President. Alexandria Ayala, Vice President. Steven Licari, Treasurer. Tom Valeo, Secretary. Alex Heathcock, Policy Chair.

Rob long

Rob Long is an engineer, a public servant, and a leader. Rob's educational background (B.S. Civil Engineering and MBA) has shaped his professional life as he's worked in several engineering and business leadership roles. His current job is as a Loss Prevention Engineer with AIG. In the client-facing arm of AIG's Global Property division, he analyzes risk exposures from natural catastrophes to high valued properties. In Rob's life as a public servant, he has been elected to the county-wide office of Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor, where he currently serves as Vice Chair. Additionally, Rob serves on the City of Delray Beach's Planning & Zoning Board


alexandria ayala
Vice President

Alexandria Ayala was born in Puerto Rico and has lived in Palm Beach County since 2000. She has a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism Studies from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. 

Currently, she works for The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Alexandria has worked for the Florida Legislature, a U.S. Senate Campaign, The Florida Democratic Party and most recently as an independent campaign manager and consultant. She has had the opportunity to get to know statewide and local elected officials and has extensive governmental affairs experience. Additionally, Alexandria is currently Vice President & Political Director of The Florida Young Democrats and aims to bring awareness to gender equity and youth political engagement. She is a 2018 New Leaders Council (NLC) Fellow and is currently in the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Glass Leadership Institute.


                                               Steven licari

Steven Licari is from Long Island, NY, but has lived in Palm Beach County for 27 years. He attended Palm Beach State College.

Steven once served as President of the Palm Beach County Young Democrats. He is currently Vice President of the Mid County Democratic Club and Vice President of the      Rusty Gordon LGBTA Democratic Caucus.

In 2016, he became Palm Beach County New Leaders Council alumni. Steven has worked and volunteered on a number of campaigns and plans to continue supporting progressive candidates along the way

Alex heathcock
Policy chair

Alex Heathcock is an outreach staff assistant for the United States Senate. She is currently finishing her degree at Florida International University in Political Science and International Relations. Previously, Alex interned for Congressman Patrick Murphy in his district office in Stuart, Florida, and also worked as a field campaign intern for two Democratic candidates in the 2014 governor's race in Pennsylvania.

Alex first became involved in the political realm by volunteering on President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in 2012. She looks forward to serving on the board for Palm Beach County Young Democrats.

stephen fike
Membership chair

As a property and casualty broker for USI, Stephen specializes in providing risk management solutions for unique commercial risks, including large resorts, hospitals, aviation, sports arenas, manufacturing and distribution, etc. with an emphasis on mitigating natural catastrophe exposures and business interruption. Previously, Stephen worked as a Risk Engineer for AIG (American International Group).

Stephen received his B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from The
Pennsylvania State University. In his spare time, Stephen volunteers for Habitat of Humanity and Miami Children’s Hospital and also chairs a Political Action Committee, SAVE Florida. Finally, Stephen enjoys high intensity workouts at Orange Theory Fitness, shuffling Migos on Spotify and spending time with his children.

Thomas Valeo

Thomas Joseph Valeo was born in West Palm Beach, where he currently lives with his family. In 2016, he completed his undergraduate education by graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Throughout college, he made it his mission to engage students in the political process and worked as an advocate for environmental and sustainable energy policy. As such, he served as the Vice President of the College Democrats at Florida Atlantic University and as a field organizer for NextGen Climate Action.

Thomas has experience working in local and state politics; volunteering and campaigning for candidates that he believes best serves the values he is looking for in his community. Currently, he works as the District Aide for State Representative Matt Willhite and serves as a volunteer on the board of directors for the Democratic Club of Greater Boynton as the Director of online communication.

Thomas realizes that policy and jurisprudence have a play in some of the most intimate parts of people's lives. He, therefore, aspires to attend law school and, subsequently, practice law so that he can serve members of the community in a more significant capacity.

When he is not working as a political advocate, he serves his community as a music director at his church - a position he has held for over seven years. In his free time, he is an avid reader and music enthusiast.