Joe Saunders has lived in East Central Florida for over 15 years. In 2003, while a student at University of Central Florida, Joe organized rallies and press conferences following a gay hate crime. While at UCF, Joe served as Chair of the UCF Progressive Council and President of the UCF LGBT Student Union. For the past seven years, he has worked with Equality Florida, working for policies to protect citizens from discrimination. He is also involved with the Orange County Democratic Party.