Welcome to Government - North Miami Representatives

 

Governor Rick Scott

Richard Lynn Scott (born December 1, 1952) is an American businessman and politician serving as the 45th Governor of Florida since 2011. In 2014, he won re-election over former Republican turned Democratic challenger, former governor Charlie Crist and several third-party and/or independent candidates.

 

 

Contact info:
State of Florida - The Capitol

400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Phone: 850.488.7146

https://www.flgov.com/

 

Senator Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio was elected to the U.S. Senate representing Florida in 2010. After an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination, he was re-elected to the Senate in 2016.

Rubio began his life in public service in 1998 by winning a seat on the West Miami City Commission. Before long, he made his ascent into state politics. Rubio was victorious in his bid for the Florida House of Representatives in 1999. He quickly established himself as a political force with the legislature, becoming the majority leader in 2003 and then speaker of the House three years later.

On September 13, 2005, at age 34,[42] Rubio became speaker after State Representatives Dennis Baxley, Jeff Kottkamp, and Dennis A. Ross dropped out. He was sworn in a year later, in November 2006. He became the first Cuban American to be speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and would remain speaker until November 2008.

Contact info:
Miami Office:

8669 NW 36th Street, Suite 110
Doral, FL 33166
Phone: 305.418.8553

Washington Office:
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202.224.304

https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/

 

Senator Bill Nelson

Nelson's public service career began in 1972, with his election to the Florida Legislature. He then served six terms in the U.S. Congress representing Orlando and the Space Coast, becoming an early champion of the environment.

In 1994, Nelson was elected to the Florida Cabinet as state Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal. During his six years in the post, he showed he was a common-sense problem solver and strong consumer advocate.

Nelson was first elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2000. Since then, he's stood up to the insurance companies, Wall Street banks and Big Oil. He's exposed the lies of BP about the Gulf spill. And he's created a blueprint forward for our nation’s space agency. Now in his third term, he's continuing to fight for lower taxes, better education, Medicare and Social Security.

He's someone who thinks public service is a noble calling - which is why he has devoted his life to serving his community, his state and his country. Marco Rubio was elected to the U.S. Senate representing Florida in 2010. After an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination, he was re-elected to the Senate in 2016.

Contact info:
Miami Office:

2555 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Suite 610
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone: 305.536.5999
Fax: 305.536.5991

https://www.billnelson.senate.gov/

 

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz - 23rd District

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has dedicated her public life to serving South Floridians and standing up for justice, equality, and opportunity wherever and whenever it is threatened. As Florida’s first Jewish Congresswoman, she has earned the respect of her colleagues for working tirelessly on behalf of seniors, children, and families for nearly three decades.

First sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005, Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz previously served in the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate where she originally displayed her philosophy that there is “no task too small, and no goal too big.”

Contact info:
Washington, D.C.

1114 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.7931
Fax: 202.226.2052

Aventura Office
19200 West Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180
Phone: 305.936.5724
Fax: 305.932.9664

https://wassermanschultz.house.gov/

 

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson - 24th District

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson proudly represents Florida’s 24th Congressional District. She was overwhelmingly elected to a third term in the United States House of Representatives in November 2014. As an educator, elementary school principal, community leader, school board member, legislator, and founder of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, Congresswoman Wilson has been a ‘Voice for the Voiceless.’ Her tenure in Congress is marked by her signature spirit of advocacy for the less fortunate.

In May of 2015, Congresswoman Wilson was selected to serve on the advisory council of President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Alliance. President Obama has recognized the life-changing results she has achieved through her work with the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project where she charts a new course in the lives of boys and young men of color. President Obama often cites her program as an example of projects that his “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative is designed to support. Congresswoman Wilson founded and is the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Taskforce.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Fisk University and a Master of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Miami, Congresswoman Wilson worked as a teacher and assistant educational coordinator for the Head Start program in Miami Dade County Public Schools. She quickly rose to become principal of Skyway Elementary School which was recognized as one of the best schools in America in President George H. W. Bush’s “America 2000” plan to upgrade national education standards.

Congresswoman Wilson was confronted with the establishment of a composting plant directly across the street from Skyway during her time as principal of the school. She was able to mobilize the community and gather support to lobby the Dade County Commission to reverse an earlier decision to allow the plant which posed a serious health and environmental hazard to her students and the community.

Her battle against the plant was arduous and she was disappointed by the lack of support she received from school district and other local officials. As a result of her experience and seeing a need for more leadership, Congresswoman Wilson successfully campaigned for a seat on the Miami Dade County School Board in 1992.

Congresswoman Wilson’s first legislative item as a school board member established the 500 Role Models of Excellence Project as a part of the school district’s sanctioned programs. She recognized the impact of a positive male influence on the performance of boys when she was at Skyway. The program is now known as the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project and has flourished for almost a quarter-of-a-century.

The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project has awarded millions of dollars in college scholarships to help hundreds of young men achieve their dream of getting a college education. In 1997, the program was honored with the Teaching Example for the Nation Award by President Bill Clinton at the Summit for America’s Future. The program serves more than 8,000 students each year.

She was elected to a seat in the Florida House of Representatives in 1998 and to the Florida Senate in 2002. She rose to become Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore and Minority Whip, and was known as the “Conscience of the Senate” for her focus on improving life for low-income communities. She was an “effective” legislator and her major accomplishments include working with Governor Jeb Bush to remove the Confederate flag from the State Capitol, mandating HIV/AIDS testing for prisoners upon their release, opposing high-stakes testing, pushing for a ban of the term “illegal alien” in state public records, and partnering with Governor Charlie Crist to restore voting rights for ex-felons.

Largely due to her record of service to her community and her productive work as an elected official, Congresswoman Wilson was overwhelming elected to Congress in 2010. She made an immediate impact in Congress by continuing in her mission boost quality of life by creating jobs with dignity, improving education, stopping home foreclosures, safeguarding Medicare and Social Security, and strengthening ties with Haiti and the Caribbean.

She introduced the American Jobs Act of 2013 which is an innovative bill that promotes full employment and boosts workforce development opportunities. She introduced the Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights which would provide vital relief to overburdened student loan borrowers, and the Youth Corp Act of 2013. She has also sponsored legislation to reduce homeowners’ insurance premiums, protect foster children, and defend Haitian women against gender-based violence.

Congresswoman Wilson founded the Florida Ports Caucus in order to create a coalition across party lines to help pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. The bill was “stuck” in Congress for twelve years and its passage released billions of dollars in capital funding for major projects like the Port Miami tunnel and created thousands of jobs. The passage of the bill was remarkable because it had languished for years and it required bipartisan support in the Republican-controlled House.

She has been productive in securing resources for other projects in her district. In 2014, the Congresswoman helped secure a $1 million grant to help reduce crime in Miami-Dade County’s highest crime area, the Northside District. The Department of Justice grant will bolster the Miami Dade Police Department’s ability to combat crime and violence, and make the area a safer place to live, work, and raise a family. During her tenure, $3.1 billion in grants, contracts, and other assistance has been brought to Florida’s 24th congressional district.

Congresswoman Wilson has worked tirelessly to recognize Americans who have made significant contributions to our nation. She ushered through legislation in record time to memorialize a new Federal Bureau of Investigation building in honor of Special Agents Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove, who were both killed in what is still the ‘bloodiest shootout” in FBI History. She also passed legislation to rename a Miami post office in honor of Father Richard Marquess-Barry, who is a pillar of the community and in his retirement he remains one of the most influential and unifying faith-based leaders in South Florida.

Congresswoman Wilson understands Congress’s role in global politics and she has taken up the fight for the return of the Nigerian schoolgirls since June 2014. She is one of the leading voices in the Twitter “#BringBackOurGirls” campaign. She has passed legislation and organized efforts in Congress to call for the girls’ return and keep the issue at the forefront of international media. Her “Wear Red Wednesday’s” and other endeavors have led the media outlets to call the campaign “Frederica Wilson’s War,” as an homage to “Charlie Wilson’s War.”

Congresswoman Wilson is a Ranking Member of Committee on Education and the Workforce. She is proud to represent one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse congressional districts in the nation which includes parts of northwest Miami Dade and southern Broward counties. This includes all or parts of the cities of Miami, Opa-Locka, Miami Gardens, North Miami, Hollywood, North Miami Beach, Biscayne Park, West Park, Pembroke Park, Miami Shores, and El Portal.

Born in Miami, Congresswoman Wilson learned the value of public service and community activism from her strong family foundation. Her parents, Beulah Finley and Thirlee Smith, Sr., were small business owners and civil rights activists. Her brother, the late Thirlee Smith, Jr., was the first full-time African American reporter at the Miami Herald and a long-time educator for Miami Dade County Public Schools who was responsible for implementing African American History into the district’s curriculum.

Congresswoman Wilson is widowed and is the proud mother of three children – Nicole, Kesha, and Paul – and has five beautiful grandchildren.

Contact info:
Miami Gardens:

18425 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 355
Miami Gardens, FL 33169
Phone: 305.690.5905
Fax: 305.690.5951
Hours: M - F    9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Washington, DC:
2445 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.4506
Fax: 202.226.0777
Hours: M - F     9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

https://wilson.house.gov/contact/offices

 

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen - 27th District

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the most senior U.S. Representative from Florida, representing Florida's 27th congressional district. She served as Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2011–2013. In 1989, Ros-Lehtinen won a special election and became the first Cuban American and Latina elected to Congress. She was also the first Republican woman elected to the House from Florida, and is currently the most senior Republican woman in the U.S. House and in Congress. Ros-Lehtinen gave the first Republican response to the State of the Union address in Spanish in 2011, and gave the third in 2014.

Contact info:
Washington, D.C. Office

2206 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.3931
Fax: 202.225.5620
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Miami Office
4960 SW 72 Ave, Suite 208
Miami, FL 33155
Phone: 305.668.2285
Fax: 305.668.5970

https://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/

 

Senator Daphne Campbell

On November 8, 2016, Daphne Campbell was elected as the first Haitian American to serve in the Florida Senate. Campbell was elected in the newly drawn Senate District 38, which is located in the northeast portion of Miami Dade County which stretches from Miami Beach to Golden Beach, just below the Broward county line and just west of I-95.

Since her election in Nov. 2010, Senator Campbell has accomplished many things both for her constituency in House District 108, Senate District 38 and for the entire State of Florida. She been extremely effective during her time in the senate passing several bills including: “Medical Malpractice,” “Affordable Housing,” and “Haitian American Nurses Awareness Week,” “Haitian Independence and Flag Day/Haitian, Haitian American, and Caribbean American Heritage Month,” and road designations within “Transportation Facility Designations”.

Senator Campbell is an extraordinary leader who continues to rebuild, restore, and empower those in her community. She has been and continues to zealously and tenaciously be the voice for all people.

Contact info:
District Office

633 N.E. 167th Street, Suite 1101
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Phone: 305.493.6009
Senate VOIP: 43800

Legislative Assistant
Marie Eliancy

Tallahassee Office
218 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone: 850.487.5038
Senate VOIP: 5038

Legislative Assistant
LaToya Sheals

https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s38

 

Representative Barbara Watson

Watson was born in Miami and became active in community affairs, serving as the Director of the Andover Civic Association starting in 1992. She owned and operated Watson Antique and Classic Cars with her husband, and later served as a director on the Florida Limousine Association of South Florida and served on the Dade County Limousine Advisory Board. Following its incorporation in 2003, Watson served on the Miami Gardens City Council from 2003 to 2010 and was the vice-mayor from 2007 to 2009.

In 2012, following the reconfiguration of the legislative districts, Watson was moved into the 107th District, which, like her previous district, was based in Miami Gardens, but switched the reach to Pembroke Pines for an extension to North Miami.

Contact info:
Capitol Office

1003 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: 850.717.5107

Aventura Office
610 Northwest 183rd Street, Suite 204
Miami Gardens, FL 33169-4472
Phone: 305.654.7100

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx

 

Representative Roy Hardemon

Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016. Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, Appointed 2017

 

 

Contact info:
Capitol Office

1302 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: 850.717.5108

District Office
710 Northwest 62nd Street
Miami, FL 33150-4332
Phone: 305.795.1224

https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx

 

Mayor Carlos A. Jimenez

Carlos A. Gimenez is the Mayor of Miami-Dade – Florida’s most populous county. He is Miami-Dade's highest-ranking elected official and chief administrator, who oversees a metropolitan government with 28,000 employees, an annual budget of approximately $7.4 billion, and serving 2.7 million residents.

Since assuming office in 2011 after a special election, Mayor Gimenez has continued to consistently hold the line on tax increases and to date, the average homeowner has saved approximately $1,400 in property taxes. He championed and secured approval for the largest tax cut in County history six years ago, and collectively Miami-Dade taxpayers have saved approximately $2 billion during his tenure.

Gimenez was re-elected as Mayor in 2012 and again in 2016 for two consecutive four-year terms. He brings with him over 40 years of public service experience.

Among the County's 25 departments are the two largest economic engines in South Florida – PortMiami and Miami International Airport – as well as the public safety departments, Miami-Dade Police, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Corrections, and the Medical Examiner's office. Collectively, between our airport and seaport, Miami-Dade welcomes over 50 million passengers a year, and the two facilities support either directly or indirectly approximately 600,000 jobs throughout South Florida.

Mayor Gimenez is currently overseeing a $12.6 billion infrastructure project for the Water and Sewer Department – the largest in Miami-Dade history. The 20-yearlong project includes utilizing state-of-the-art technologies that will improve the reliability and sustainability of the water and sewer system. This project will also contribute over 16,000 new jobs to the community over the course of the next ten years.

Prior to becoming Mayor, the Cuban-born Gimenez served on the Board of County Commissioners for seven years. He was first elected in 2004 and subsequently reelected for a second term without opposition in 2008. As Commissioner for District 7, he represented the City of Miami, the Village of Key Biscayne, the City of Coral Gables, the City of South Miami, the Village of Pinecrest, as well as unincorporated areas. He also served as Chairman of the Government Operations Committee and Chairman of the Regional Transportation Committee, which oversaw Miami-Dade County's transportation systems.

From May 2000 to January 2003, Mayor Gimenez was Manager of the City of Miami and was credited with helping restore financial stability and integrity to that organization. As Miami's chief administrative officer, he was responsible for an annual budget of $500 million, a 4,000-employee workforce and provision of services to almost 400,000 residents. During his tenure as Manager, the City's bond rating went from "junk" to investment grade and the tax rate dropped to its lowest level in 50 years. At the same time, Miami was able to establish more than $140 million in reserves.

Mayor Gimenez spent 25 years with the Miami Fire-Rescue Department before becoming City Manager. The last nine years with the department, he served as Chief, during which time he was credited with modernizing the department and overseeing the largest reorganization in the department's history.

Born in Cuba, Mayor Gimenez and his family moved to the United States in 1960. He has been a Miami-Dade County resident ever since. He graduated from Christopher Columbus High School and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Barry University. In 1993, he completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Mayor Gimenez is married to the former Lourdes Portela. They have three adult children – Carlos, Julio and Lourdes – and six grandchildren.

Contact info:
Office of the Mayor

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, 29 Floor
Miami, Florida 33128
Phone: 305.375.5071
Receptionist/Switchboard: 305.375.1880
Email: mayor@miamidade.gov

http://www.miamidade.gov/mayor/

 

Commisioner Sally Heyman

Commissioner Sally A. Heyman was first elected to the District 4 seat of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners in September 2002, after serving in the Florida House of Representatives for four consecutive terms. Prior to being elected to the Florida Legislature in 1994, Commissioner Heyman served as an elected council member for the City of North Miami Beach for seven years, and worked for the City of Miami and North Miami Beach Police Departments.

Commissioner Heyman has an educational and professional background in criminal justice and law enforcement that includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida, a Master of Science degree from Nova University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami. In addition to being a member of the Florida Bar, she holds state and national certification in crime prevention.

She is a Crime and Loss Prevention Specialist and Attorney, and has her own consulting firm specializing in premises liability and criminal victimization.

Sally grew up in South Florida and attended Dade County Public Schools. All her life and prior to elected office Sally has been and remains active in charitable, women’s issues, political and community organizations and activities.

Serving in her third elected role, Commissioner Heyman displays untiring energy in supporting human rights issues legislation, especially in the areas of funding social services; the protection and care of women, children and vulnerable adults; protecting personal freedoms; affordable healthcare; animal protection and green-sustainability initiatives.

The Commissioner is currently a Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Board Member; FAC Legislative Executive Member; FAC Chair- Policy Committee Public Safety; FAC FEMA Chair- Issues Workgroup; National Association of Counties (NACo) Chair- Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee; NACo Large Urban Counties Caucus; National Homeland Security Consortium member; Department of Justice Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Advisory Committee; Miami-Dade County Public Safety Coordinating Council; Dade Miami Criminal Justice Council; and Greater Miami Visitor and Convention Council- Liaison.

Contact info:
Downtown Office

Phone: 305.375.5128
Fax: 305.372.6179

District Office
Phone: 305.787.5999
Fax: 305.787.5998
Email: district4@miamidade.gov

http://www.miamidade.gov/district04/

 

Commissioner Jean Monestime

Commissioner Jean Monestime strongly believes that there is no greater gift than the gift of service to others. Throughout his more than 30 years as a resident of Miami-Dade County, Monestime has worked hard to achieve the American Dream, becoming the first Haitian-American to serve on the Board of County Commissioners, where he has worked to expand opportunities for others, thus paving the way for future generations.

Monestime was first elected to represent District 2 on the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on November 2, 2010. District 2 includes portions of the City of Miami, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-locka, and the unincorporated areas of Liberty City, Biscayne Gardens and North Central Dade. He was overwhelmingly re-elected in August 2014 for a second four-year term, and in November 2014 chosen unanimously to serve as Chairman of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners for two years. On February 20, 2015 Commissioner Monestime was selected unanimously by municipal, school board, and commission colleagues to preside over the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Governing Board.

Commissioner Monestime exemplifies an active life of service. He is a former City of North Miami Councilman and Vice-Mayor. He was a Delegate to the National Democratic Convention and later selected as a Florida Electoral College member for the 2012 U.S. presidential election, another prestigious and historic appointment!

Additionally, he is the President of JEMO Realty, Inc, a full-service real estate and insurance company, and JEMO Enterprises, LLC, a business consulting agency. Moreover, he is a former Miami-Dade County Public School teacher and worked as an adjunct professor of management at the University of Phoenix, South Florida campus.

As an advocate for equal justice and economic development, Monestime has lectured and presented dozens of seminars. He has been a guest on several radio and TV programs on issues related to community leadership, business and financial matters, as well as local government and civism.

Among his extensive civic involvements, Monestime has served as a member of the NAACP, National Black MBA Association, Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition, the African-American NON-GROUP Coalition, Turner Tech High School Academy of Finance Board, Haitian American Political Action Committee, Little Haiti Optimist Club, the Society of Haitian-American Professionals and Entrepreneurs, the Florida Governor’s Haiti Advisory Group and the University and Community Zone Schools Advisory Committee. Commissioner Monestime has been an active member of Eden SDA Church since 1981, where he's served as Head Elder and currently as Choir Director.

The Commissioner has an MBA from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Florida International University. Mr. Monestime is also a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

He is married to Kettia and they have two adult sons.

Contact info:
Downtown Office

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 220
Miami, Florida 33128
Phone: 305.375.4833
Fax: 305.375.4843
Email: district2@miamidade.gov

District Office
900 NE 125th Street, Suite 200
Miami, Florida 33161
Phone: 305.694.2779
Fax: 305.694.2781
Email: district2@miamidade.gov

http://www.miamidade.gov/district02/home.asp

 

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle

Katherine Fernandez Rundle was appointed State Attorney for Miami-Dade County in 1993. She has subsequently been re-elected seven times to serve as the County’s top law enforcement officer. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami and both her Master’s degree in Criminology and law degree from the University of Cambridge Law School in England.

State Attorney Fernandez Rundle prides herself in being a career crime fighter. She has dedicated herself to every cause imaginable in her relentless commitment to keep our streets safe. She is recognized as a pioneer in the creation of numerous programs dealing with issues that affect our community daily such as teen truancy, domestic violence, child support, human trafficking, and victim’s rights. She also prides herself with her office attaining the highest percentage of convictions in cases involving public corruption in the State of Florida.

As the legal arm of the 35 different police departments in our county, the office’s mission is to see that the guilty are convicted while the rights of the innocent are protected. The State Attorney’s Office prides itself in being the voice for every victim that is wronged by crime. The office is the fourth largest district attorney’s office in the nation with over 1,200 employees. In addition to seeing that justice is carried out, her office is the only prosecutor’s office in the state that protects the rights of children with the creation and enforcement of a strict child support program that continues to be number one in the state in percentage of child support collected, amassing $184,286,162.44 last Federal fiscal year 2017. Other innovative programs that have been established under the direction of State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to help prevent crime and provide rehabilitative opportunities are the expansion of Drug Court, the Juvenile Gun Offenders Program, and the extremely successful Second Chance Sealing and Expungement program.

The State Attorney believes in sharing her time, influence, and resources with her community that she is passionate about. She is a founding member and Vice-President of Women of Tomorrow and is also very active in important organizations such as Amigos for Kids, 5000 Role Models, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and numerous others. She is an appointee on the Statewide Human Trafficking Council, the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Council, and is a member of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, the national group formed to address the issue of gun violence in the United States.

Contact info:
1350 N.W. 12 Avenue
Miami, FL 33136-2111
Phone Number: 305.547.0100

http://www.miamisao.com/

 

School Board Member - Dr. Steve Gallon III

Dr. Steve Gallon III is the elected District 1 School Board Member for the Miami-Dade County Schools in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Dr. Gallon is a lifelong educator who started his career as a classroom teacher. He has taught at the elementary, middle, and senior high school levels. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English Education from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida and became the first of his six siblings to graduate from college. Dr. Gallon earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision, both from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He also participated in postdoctoral leadership institutes on School Reform and Management at Harvard and Stanford Universities.

Dr. Steve Gallon III rose through the ranks as a professional educator and over the next 25 years, distinguished himself in the field of education, specifically in the area of supporting improved teaching, learning, and leadership in urban educational settings. He became an assistant principal and was later appointed principal of Holmes Elementary. In his third year, after marked improvements in student outcomes and community involvement, the school was removed from the State of Florida’s List of Critically Low Schools. He then became principal of Miami Northwestern Senior High School, where he would serve for seven years – earning the third longest tenure in the school’s 60-year history.

In 2005, Dr. Gallon was promoted to the position of Administrative Director in School Operations/Alternative Education in which he was charged with overseeing schools and programs for at-risk students and underperforming students. Under his leadership, there were marked improvements in student performance, attendance, suspension reductions, and student and staff satisfaction.

In 2008, Dr. Gallon became the first Black administrator to come through the ranks of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and rise to the level of Superintendent when he was selected unanimously via a nationwide search to be the new Superintendent of Schools in New Jersey. Under his leadership, his district realized double-digit gains on all five of the indicators of State’s School and District Accountability System known as QSAC – with the area of Curriculum and Instruction increasing from 8% to 68% within 24 months of his tenure.

Dr. Gallon has served as a principle in an educational management and consulting firm working with several districts, schools, and organizations in developing and implementing educational and school turnaround strategies, as well as community-based solutions. He also served as a Board Member appointed by the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners for the Miami-Dade Economic Advisory Trust where he was charged with providing policy and implementation oversight that ensured the equitable participation of Blacks in Miami-Dade County’s economic growth through advocacy and monitoring of economic conditions and economic development initiatives in Miami-Dade County.

Dr. Gallon presently serves as a Board member of the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) which was established and funded by the Florida Legislature in 2008. The sole mission of MCI is to address the needs of the community by investing in children and by providing a unified system of support, education and care that begins before birth through college and career. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Dr. Gallon has received numerous awards for his outstanding professional and community service. He was recognized as Region III’s “Rookie Principal of the Year”, Elementary School “Principal of the Year”, and “Educator of the Year” by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Gallon was also the recipient of the NAACP Mary McCloud Bethune Educator’s Award. The College Board also recognized Dr. Gallon as one of eight Americans featured nationally in their publication entitled “Heroes of a Different Kind” for leadership and service in education. In 2013, he was named by ICABA as its South Florida Educator of the Year.

In June 2016, Dr. Gallon was honored by the City of Plainfield, New Jersey Municipal Council for his leadership and vision in the establishment of the Plainfield Academy of the Arts and Advanced Studies during his tenure as Superintendent. The school was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best High Schools in the U.S. after boasting a 100% graduation and college attendance rate.

In 2017, Dr. Gallon honored by the City of North Miami and was named as the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc’s Eta Nu Zeta Chapter’s “Man of the Year” for his commitment to excellence in education to the students and community.

In March 2017, Dr. Gallon was also named as one of “South Florida’s Most Powerful and Influential Black Leaders for 2017” by Miami’s Legacy Magazine.

A 25-year resident of Miami Gardens, Dr. Gallon is also an author who has written and published three books on education. His spirit of enthusiasm, intellect, and dynamism, makes him one of the most respected educational speakers and consultants in the country. A man of faith, Dr. Steve Gallon III is a proud member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens.

On November 8, 2016, Dr. Gallon was decisively elected as the Miami-Dade County Public Schools District 1 School Board Member.

On August 9, 2017 Dr. Steve Gallon III was named recipient of the National School Boards Association Council of Urban Boards of Education's (CUBE) prestigious 2017 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who—during his or her lifetime—has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the educational needs of urban school children through his or her service as a local school board member.

Contact info:
Miami-Dade County Public Schools

1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 700
Miami, FL 33132 Phone: 305-995-1334
E-mail: District1@dadeschools.net

Dr. Steve Gallon III
School Board Member, District 1
E-mail: sgallon3@dadeschools.net

http://district1.dadeschools.net/

 

 

 

 

 

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