David Ayala was raised by a single Puerto Rican mother in Brooklyn and entered the criminal justice system at the age of 12. His new life began in 2006 when he returned home from federal prison at 33. Today, David holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Central Florida. He served as the first chapter president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination of people with criminal convictions.
As southeast regional organizer for Latino Justice PRLDEF, he organized the Latino community to help pass Amendment 4, which restored voting rights to 1.4 million Floridians with felony convictions. He is also an advisor to the Institute to End Mass Incarceration at Harvard Law School and a board member of WREN Collective. David was named executive director of FICPFM in September 2022.