Lileana (Lily) de Moya is a longtime advocate for the rights of children and adults with disabilities. A registered nurse who holds a BSN, she obtained a master's degree in special education at the University of Miami and has extensive training in the fields of mental health and disabilities.
Governor Rick Scott appointed Ms. de Moya to The Children's Trust Board of Directors in 2011, where she serves as vice chairperson. Ms. De Moya joined Parent to Parent of Miami in 2001 and held the position of training director until 2006; she later served on the board of trustees and as the organization's president. She was the founder and director of JAG Education Consultants; has held consultant positions with Florida International University, University of Miami School of Law and other community agencies; and founded Project Panther LIFE: Learning is for Everyone, a college transition program for students with intellectual disabilities at Florida International University. Currently Ms. de Moya is the founder and CEO of the de Moya Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable trust that is committed to creating employment opportunities for young adults with unique abilities by building long-term partnerships with employers and providing support for employees while fostering hope, confidence and independence to ensure successful employment outcomes and community inclusion.
Ms. De Moya has a long history of service to the Miami-Dade community, having sat on Florida International University's College of Education Dean's Advisory Council, the State Advisory Committee for the Education of Exceptional Students, the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development Advisory Committee, the Florida International University Special Education Advisory Board and the State Secondary Transition Interagency Council. She was awarded the “Henry Bandier C.A.M.P. for Justice Fellowship” by the University of Miami Children's Youth and Law Clinic for her work with children and young adults with disabilities in foster care.
Ms. De Moya has two sons (the youngest has an intellectual disability) and two grandchildren.