Councilman Desulme Bio
Biography of Dr. Alix Desulme
Councilman Alix Desulme believes that one of the most critical aspects of Public Service is giving back to the community. As a leader, he consistently advocates for residents in North Miami and South Florida. Councilman Desulme is a lifelong educator, small business owner and public servant. His experience in education includes working with at-risk youth, Special education students, gifted students, and he is very knowledgeable in Differentiated Instruction Strategies.
Councilman Desulme was first elected into office in 2009, in a city-wide election, making history as the first Black City Clerk of the City of North Miami. He held the distinction of the youngest and the first Haitian American elected City Clerk in the United States of America.
On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, Councilman Desulme was elected to the North Miami City Council representing District 4. The following year he became the youngest Councilman to serve as Vice-Mayor for the city of North Miami, Florida (2016-2017) and won his bid for re-election in May 2019 with over 65% of the votes.
His first year in office, Vice Mayor Desulme introduced legislation that passed unanimously creating the designation of the first Arts and Innovation District (Chinatown) in the state of Florida.
This project is an economic development whose aim is to position itself as a regional gateway within the State of Florida for international investment and commerce. The goal is to transform the underperforming NW 7th Avenue Corridor into a local anchor to promote traditional world-class architecture, culture, business, and innovation.
While serving as Vice Mayor (2020-2021), Councilman Desulme sponsored the recently approved Citizen Investigative Board (CIB). The purpose of The Citizen Investigative Board (CIB) is to provide for independent and impartial citizens’ oversight of the North Miami Police Department.
The CIB has Subpoena power for obtaining evidence from witnesses, production of documents etc., after consultation with the State Attorney and CIB Independent Counsel. The CIB conducts independent reviews and hold public hearings concerning complaints or misconduct allegations made against sworn officers of the North Miami Police Department. The CIB was approved on July 14, 2020 by the City of North Miami Mayor and Council.
On September 30, 2015, the North Miami City Council unanimously approved the NOMI Golden Silver Senior Program. NOMI Golden Silver Senior program provides a safe place to socialize, exercise, go on outings, eat nutritional hot meals in a friendly environment. This is another significant piece of legislation Councilman Desulme championed, which is a city-wide program that improves the quality of lives for seniors 55+ living in the City.
Councilman Desulme is known as the "Peoples' Councilman." He created and implemented the first healthy eating initiative Let's Eat Healthy in the city of North Miami. Let's Eat Healthy in D4 is an initiative that ensures qualified residents to receive fresh produce, dairy products, and other grocery items bi-monthly.
On June 11, 2019, the North Miami City Council unanimously approved and allocated funding for The NoMi Food Market, which became the first governmental run food pantry in the state of Florida and it is managed by the City’s Housing and Social Services Department. The NoMi Food Market opened with a mission of ending hunger and poverty by transforming lives through innovative programming and education. The NoMi Food Pantry provides fruits and vegetables, protein, dairy and shelf-stable items in addition to health and beauty items such as diapers and personal hygiene items. This partnership was made possible by the generous contribution of Feeding South Florida and the Florida Blue Foundation.
Additionally, Councilman Desulme also fought and advocated for years for the creation of the city’s first Housing and Social Services Department. Since it’s inception on October 1, 2019, the Housing & Social Services Department’s mission is to assist the City of North Miami in creating a viable urban community by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and overseeing programs and services that improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities, principally for very low, low and moderate-income persons/families.
As an educator, Councilman Desulme has supported youth causes for over two decades. He is known for his dedication to the city youth. He designed and developed NoMi Leaders in Training Program (L.I.T.). The L.I.T. program prepares the city’s next generation of public servants via higher education studies, career readiness, and an enhanced understanding of local civic processes and it serves as a pre-requisite for students who reside in North Miami grades 9-12, to transition into the city’s signature Youth Opportunity Board (YOB) Summer Internship Program. Upon completing the program’s hands-on professional leadership training, participants gain soft skills needed to succeed in any profession and become a productive member of society.
Currently, Councilman Desulme is an Adjunct Professor at St. Thomas University in Miami-Gardens, Florida, and an Educational Consultant for ELB Global, a California based organization. On December 2018, Councilman Desulme earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. His dissertation focused on Policies And Procedures Perceived By School Leaders To Reduce Truancy In A Public Charter School.
Board Member Sister Cities International and Chair of Membership Committee
Board Member Miami-Dade County League of Cities representing North Miami
Vice-Chair of National Haitian American Elected Officials Network (NHAEON)
Member-Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Intergovernmental Advisory Committee
Member- National League of Cities’ Information Technology and Communications Committee
Member-National League of Cities’- Council on Youth, Education, and Families