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

Angela Birdsong

Angela Birdsong is a former 2018 candidate for the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners. Angela has served as a Caribbean member of the Board of County Commission Diversity Advisory Council, Good Government Awards, and as a Board Member for the Hillsborough County League of Woman Voters. She is the former chairman of the board for the West Coast AIDS Foundation and a former board member for the Hands of Hope Sickle Cell Foundation. Currently, she sits on the board of the Hillsborough County Health Care Plan and the Commission on the Status of Women. She is an Appointed Commissioner on the Commission on the Status of Woman for Hillsborough County and a Medicare Health & Life Agent with Bankers Life/Colonial Penn.

Lewis Singleton

Lewis Singleton is a retired Air Force veteran of 30 years. During his career, he performed duties as a Security Policeman and Healthcare Administrator.
Upon retiring from the Air Force he taught AFJROTC for eight years in Hillsborough County. Today he is very passionate about encouraging citizens to be active participants in our democracy at all levels of government.

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.

Charlene Williams

Interim Secretary
Charlene serves as the Chief of Staff for Jim Beatty Golf Ventures LLC and President of C. T. Williams VETS Adaptive Sports & Beyond LLC. Charlene is also a 26-year retired Afghanistan Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraq Freedom decorated veteran. During her 26-year career, she achieved many outstanding accomplishments. Charlene was the first female 'Sailor of the Year' on the Naval ship USS Nassau. She was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Stars, the Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Stars, and many other medals and ribbons. Charlene is a native of Florida and has always been a strategic thinker. During her Navy tenure, she earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Organizational Guidance Counseling. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education.

Dr. Sonja Brookins

Dr. 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.

Biden-Harris Legislation for Black People

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Democratic National Committee

Jamie Harrison - DNC Chair

Key facts about Black Americans

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DBCF Members Include:

Val Demings

Valdez Venita Demings is an American politician and former police officer who served as the U.S. representative from Florida's 10th congressional district from 2017 to 2023.

Maxwell Frost

Maxwell Alejandro Frost is an American politician, and activist serving as the U.S. representative for Florida's 10th congressional district since 2023. A member of the Democratic Party, he was previously the national organizing director for March for Our Lives. Elected at age 25 Frost is the first member of Generation Z to serve in the United States Congress.

Dianne Hart

Dianne ``Ms Dee`` Hart is a Democratic member of the Florida Legislature representing the State's 63rd House district. She is also the CEO of East Tampa Business and Civic Association.