About Us

HCDBC Mission

The HCDBC mission is to ensure the engagement of African Americans through economic, social, and political awareness. We look to support legislative policy and democratic candidates that reflect our views while holding elected officials accountable to the everyday issues of our communities. As a collective body, HCDBC will ensure county-wide civic engagement while bringing awareness and resolution to the disparities our communities unjustly face.

Our Leadership

Jordan Pride, President

Jordan Allie Pride is a Florida native, originally from Daytona Beach, Fl. She’s a 2016 graduate of the University of South Florida obtaining a bachelor’s of Political Science from the university. Pride has been involved with campaigns and election since before she could vote herself however understanding, early on, the deep necessity of African Americans being civically engaged to institute any real change. Out of 18, Jordan has been a part of campaigns ranging from local to national offices in direct and coordinated capacities. In 2017 she was hired as a regional Community Engagement Specialist for the Florida Democratic Party where her field specialty ended in a solid win for Rick Kriseman for Mayor of St. Petersburg and Margaret Good for State House in Sarasota. In 2018, Jordan was hired as the statewide Data Director for non-profit NextGen America, which was the largest youth program the state of Florida had ever seen, mobilizing students across 40 different college campuses. Of the 13 program states, Pride was one of three minorities and the only African American woman hired on the national data team. Most recently in 2019, Jordan became co-owner of veteran political consulting firm Parsons Wilson, their unprecedented work and historic wins dating back to 1981. Under new ownership, PW consulting is one of very few minority owned political consulting businesses in the state. In this past federal election cycle, the firm took on 7 races ranging from city council to the state legislature and successfully elected 4 to office. One of which was historic in maintaining the only “minority” seat held on the Pinellas County school board by electing Board Member Caprice Edmond.

Jordan’s local community engagement included serving as Regional Director for Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee, member of the Tampa Metropolitan Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated where she serves as co-chair of the social action committee. She is also involved with Hillsborough Young Black Professionals, and a proud five-year member of Hillsborough County Democratic Black Caucus. In 2019, Pride was elected as the youngest Black Caucus chapter president in the state of Florida of 28 chapters, being sworn in at only 24 years of age. Jordan’s passion for electing good, qualified, and just candidates runs deep especially when it comes to mobilizing minority communities that are historically left out of the conversation.

Bryce Bowden, Vice-President

Bryce was born in North Carolina and has lived in numerous locations due to both military and employment opportunities. He attended NC A&T, Univ of MD, Northeastern, and Villanova and received his B. A. in Business Administration. He has an extensive history of professional and personal accomplishments. Bryce has a strong devotion to family, community, and helping others. He’s been a volunteer in the military, the community, and business organizations.

Bryce founded several neighborhood associations to persuade municipal officials to improve services within his community. Bryce worked with the Evanston Township High school in the rewriting in the school’s curriculum to include vocational and information technology studies.

He was a precinct organizer for US Senator Richard Durbin for two terms. A precinct organizer for President Obama for his election to Illinois State legislature and for President of the United States. Additionally, he has worked on campaigns for the school board, and congress.

Since settling in the Tampa Bay area he has been involved with the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee(HCDEC) in many capacities, as well as serving as a Campaign Manager for Tampa City Council elections.

Rhonda Billups, 2nd Vice President

Hi, I’m Rhonda Billups, I’m an Operations Program Manager at Microsoft and hold an MBA from American InterContinental University- Atlanta, as well as several professional certifications. Besides a love of traveling and learning about new cultures, I’m passionate about community and civic engagement. I’ve volunteered for Valley of Sun United Way, Urban League Young Professionals and have held board member positions for North Atlanta High School Advisory Board, as well as served as Advisory Board Coordinator and Strategic Planning Chair for Passion for Life, Inc a non-profit organization focused on at-risk youth and career achievement. Most recently, I’ve served as Finance Committee Chair and Interim Treasurer for the Hillsborough County Democratic Black Caucus (HCDBC) and currently 2nd Vice President.

I’m looking forward to connecting with the Tampa community and expanding the presence of the HCDBC.

Angela Birdsong, Secretary

Angela Birdsong is Health and Life Agent, she helps baby boomers, retirees and the Disabled on Social Security successfully transition onto Medicare. She is a graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science degree in TV & Radio Communications, Angela is also a graduate of The Commonwealth Institute with an Associate’s degree in Funeral Directing. A former Multi-family and Retail commercial real estate agent she still holds a nonactive real estate license. She is the former Chairman of the board for the West Coast AIDS Foundation and board member for the Hands of Hope Sickle Cell Foundation.

Former Candidate for Hillsborough County Board She now serves as a Caribbean member of the Board of County Commission Diversity Advisory Council and as a Board Member for the Hillsborough County League of Women Voters.

When it comes to issues Angela is passionate about, she believes people should have a viable means of public transportation to get to work in the morning, Angela feels that people deserve a safe, affordable place to live and we can work with developers for smart economic growth, Angela believes in affordable and legal reproductive healthcare and Medicare for all!

Dr. Sonja Brookins, Treasurer

IDr. Sonja Brookins is an experienced leader, teacher/professor, speaker, and organizer. Driven by community engagement, health and people over politics agenda, she takes pride in supplying the best solution possible. As a Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor (Treasurer), her goals include increasing environmental justice, environmental stewardship and conservation/global climate change awareness within marginalized communities to decrease health/economic disparities. In addition to her primary job function, Dr. Sonja Brookins has been recognized by Alianz for her extraordinary commitment to environmental issues within the Hispanic community. Based on her interactions with first generational youth (CROP), she is the founder of DirtyGirlsAg Foundation Inc., a firm that help youth build leadership skills for tomorrow’s green careers. Dr. Brookins currently sit on several boards to include Palm Beach County Democratic Environmental Caucus, Healthcare Advisory, B.U.B.B.A., Hillsborough County Democratic Environmental Caucus (Community Engagement and Chair of the Standup Environmental Justice Committee with Environmental Caucus of Florida), Hillsborough County Democratic Black Caucus (Treasurer), and LEADS. She has taken part in panels on Saving Our Planet Starts with You, Una Noche Familiar De Diversion Ecologica, World Water Day with Representative Anna V. Eskamani, Racism as a Public Health Crisis, and AJP & Disaster Resiliency.

Resources

Democratic Black Caucus of Florida
Hillsborough County Voter Information
Florida Health Department – COVID-19