The stakes could not be higher in this upcoming November election. We are facing a number of existential threats to our homes, our businesses and our quality of life. Let me share why I believe I am uniquely qualified to serve as your Group 2 Commissioner.
Specialized Engineering and Business Expertise
I graduated from Georgia Tech cum laude in Industrial Engineering and I hold an MBA from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. My forte is smart problem solving and “Miami Beach Strong” is my guiding principle. Each year our City faces new challenges and as your commissioner, my sole purpose is serving as a dedicated public official who believes in making our community stronger. Whether it’s a more climate change resilient city, or pausing out of control development that could weaken our city’s character, to meaningful traffic solutions, I am committed to the principle of making “Miami Beach Strong” by applying my skill set and experience in a creative and fiscally responsible manner.
My entire campaign has been structured around door-to-door access to residents all over Miami Beach, which affords me the opportunity to interact with you on a personal level to better understand your concerns and aspirations for our City. Indeed, I qualified on the ballot with almost 1300 certified petition signatures. This kind of accessibility to residents is vitally important because we are elected to serve you. This means as your commissioner, I intend to have the most accessible office and continue to be highly visible in our community. Moreover, we need elected officials that are not beholden to the undo influence of special interest groups. As an active civic leader, over the years I have tirelessly promoted the rights and interests of residents over those of special interests: I helped end the ill-conceived “train to nowhere” project, successfully advocated against a disastrous development plan for Watson Island, and led the Residents’ Right to Know initiative which the Commission unanimously passed in July 2017.
My campaign is largely self-funded. I am not taking any campaign funds from lobbyists, prohibited developers and companies that do business with the City, and I challenge my fellow candidates to follow my lead and clean up our City. Moreover, I have no business interests in Florida, meaning that all my energies are focused exclusively on the needs and interests of the residents and the City I love. I am extremely proud of my clean record, which stands as a testament to my strict adherence to the highest ethical standards. I have lectured at Commissioner Katy Sorenson’s Good Government Initiative at the University of Miami and am honored to have her endorsement. As I campaign, I have engaged in earnest conversations with our residents, and the commitments I make to you, I intend to keep. The most important test any elected official should face is whether they lived up to the highest ethical standards.
It is critical that our elected officials embrace the notion of respectful leadership that ensures all voices are heard and that a collegial City Commission is focused on problems and solutions, not personalities. We need leaders who will build up the brand of the City, not their personal political brand. I will devote my energies to help create a high-functioning Commission that places the welfare of YOU, the residents, ahead of any special interests or personal agendas.
I am proud of a wide-ranging set of interests and successes with civic affairs in Miami Beach. I am a current Board Director and former President of Miami Beach United, a leading residents group. I am also a proud Board Director of the Belle Isle Residents Association and a Pillar at the Chamber of Commerce. I graduated from the Miami Beach Leadership Academy and serve on the Advisory Board of Pets’ Trust to protect animals in Miami-Dade County. Finally, as a former national chess champion, I treasure my time supporting Miami Beach scholastic chess.