We are women, Floridians, voters who care deeply about the issues that face Florida families. We are ready to fight for better government, honestly, any government that functions. The pandemic exposed so many fault lines in our systems; the time is now to step up and create a more just Florida.
Founder/ FL CD 4
Paula Liang was present at the inception of the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance (FWFA) and served as its co-chair for two years. She helped fundraise statewide to support six research reports published by FWFA on the status of women and girls in Florida. These reports outline the family-focused policy recommendations that inspired her to create WUFF PAC.
Paula most recently led Philanos, a national network of women’s giving circles, funds and foundations that all give collectively. With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she and colleagues from other giving circle networks co-designed a national organization to bring attention, resources, strength, and stability to the sector. The initiative they designed, Philanthropy Together, launched in April 2020.
In the 2020 election cycle, Paula served as co-chair of finance for Donna Deegan, the Democratic nominee for Florida’s 4th district. In that capacity, she connected with activists across the state and the nation, and learned how few institutional resources are available to first-time women candidates. This experience galvanized her to create a PAC that would fund women candidates in federal races across the state—whether they were likely to win in that cycle or not. “All the research suggests that women often need to run twice to win. So why wouldn’t we support them, build a bench, a support system, some mentoring—suggest the next race if we think they picked the wrong one? Ignoring candidates based on Cook Ratings and probabilities is not a long-term winning strategy.”
Paula is an attorney by training. She has found that advocacy for the things she cares about is not a switch that can be turned on and off. WUFF PAC is the 2020 iteration of her dedication to the wellbeing of women and girls in Florida.
You can reach Paula at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer/ FL CD 4
As CEO of Barker Associates, Mindy works to empower her clients with the tools and financial information necessary to improve company value, profitability, and cash flow. Mindy helps organizational leaders think more strategically by bringing to bear her experiences with private equity and growth companies. As an acquisition integrator, Mindy and her team specialize in facilitating and documenting mergers and acquisitions, including coordination/liaison among investment bankers, attorneys and accountants.
Mindy published her first book, Pitching to Win: Strategies for Success, to help entrepreneurs and established business leaders alike understand the process of raising capital.
Prior to founding her company, Mindy was the Chief Financial Officer for OptaComp, a worker’s compensation company and subsidiary of Florida Blue. She also served as controller of Kemper Services Group, where she exercised financial oversight of twenty-two separate legal entities, integrated new acquisitions and managed SOX compliance. She was principal and chief financial officer of Chartwell Capital, a private equity firm. Mindy’s diverse background also includes management positions in the industries of property and casualty insurance, distribution and manufacturing, and consulting. Mindy began her career in public accounting with Price Waterhouse Coopers and Ernst and Young.
Mindy is a certified public accountant in Florida and North Carolina. She has given back to the Jacksonville Community as a mentor for a variety of organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Women’s Center and Athena. She also serves on the board of the Children’s Home Society.
Mindy is passionate about supporting women to win public office as she knows first-hand the challenges of a woman entering a man’s world. Mindy secured her first CFO position at the age of 29 and has overcome many challenges in the business world. She knows how difficult it is for women to promote themselves and ask for money, which is key to the political process. We truly hope that Women United for Florida Family will provide the support women need to enter the political process and provide the much needed representation for Florida Families.
Julie Fisher Cummings
Founding Director/ FL CD 22
Julie Fisher Cummings, MS SW presently serves as Chair of the Board for the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Ms. Cummings’ work bridges academia, public service, and policy reform. She has dedicated over 40 years to civic leadership locally and nationally through her positions at: Corporation for National and Community Service (Presidential appointee), Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University (Board), The Promise Fund (Co-Founder), The Lord’s Place (Board), Jewish Federation for the Palm Beaches (Campaign Chair, Women’s Philanthropy), Jewish Women’s Foundation for the Palm Beaches (Founding Trustee), Center for High Impact Philanthropy, UPENN (Advisory Board) and the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. She is the co-founder of Lovelight Fund and the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance.
Takeata King Pang
Board of Directors/ FL CD 18
Takeata King Pang specializes in Advocacy, Government Relations and Communications. She began her career working on candidate and issue campaigns around the country. She then spent three years at Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida working in public and community affairs; before taking on statewide and affiliate public relations and communications. Next she served as Chief of Staff to Florida State Senator Kevin Rader for three years. More recently, Takeata worked in Corporate Communications and Giving at TBC Corporation.
In 2011, Takeata earned a Masters in Political Management with an emphasis in Candidate Campaigns from The George Washington University. She completed her Bachelor of Art degrees in Political Science, Communication Studies, and Theatre Arts with a minor in Pre-Law from Stetson University in 2004.
Currently, Takeata is the Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Florida focusing on growing the organization in order to increase the reach of programming to educate and empower women and girls to become leaders, so they can change the world.