Born to Matthew and Nicy Fuller in the small agricultural community of South Bay, Florida, Matletha was a first generation college graduate from the University of Florida, obtaining Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and English. She moved to Tallahassee after graduation to pursue a career in state government.
While working on her Master’s in Public Administration at the Florida State University, Matletha was inspired by colleagues to become a public interest attorney. Shortly thereafter, she graduated from the Florida State University College of Law and began work as a criminal defense attorney for the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel, representing indigent capital clients in their post-conviction appeals. Currently, she is an attorney in the Florida Senate, where she provides legal and legislative analysis on criminal and civil justice issues, as well as election laws.
Matletha’s active life as a wife to Gilberto, Sr. and mother of two active boys, Gilberto, Jr. and Gionni, doesn’t slow her down or inhibit her commitment to robust advocacy and social justice. Matletha has worked and served in a variety of public interest positions and currently serves on the Executive Board of Street Beat, Inc. Performing Arts Center and is active within the Innovative Community Engagement (ICE) Foundation, both non-profit organizations dedicated to uplifting, educating and empowering the communities in which they sit.
Matletha is an active member in her church’s dance ministry, a licensed REALTOR®, and enjoys reading, cooking for her family, and working on DIY projects around the house.