COMMISSIONER MICHAEL GÓNGORA
Michael Góngora cares passionately about making a
difference. He has been elected to his third non-consecutive term as Miami
Beach Commissioner having previously served 2006 – 2007 with Former Mayor David
Dermer and 2009 – 2013 with Former Mayor Matti Herrera Bower. Shortly after
being elected in 2007, Commissioner Góngora pushed for the first citywide
recycling program, founded the City's Sustainability Committee and helped
create a long-term plan designed to encourage developers to erect greener buildings.
To alleviate flooding, Góngora was instrumental in enacting the stormwater
master plan which first included the pump stations to keep Miami Beach dry.
In 2000, Commissioner Góngora began his public service as
President of the Miami Beach Latin Chamber of Commerce, where he served three
terms. Góngora also chaired various boards and committees including
serving as President of the Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches
(ECOMB). A practicing community association attorney, he served two non-consecutive
terms as President of the Miami Beach Bar Association.
While president of the Miami Beach Bar Association, Góngora
re-established the North Beach Pro Bono Law Clinic to provide free legal
consultations to low-income residents. In 2010, Góngora became the first Miami
Beach Commissioner to serve on the Board of Directors for Council Towers —
providing affordable housing for our elderly residents and expanding senior
low-income food programs.
During his tenure as Commissioner, Góngora served on all
sub-committees including Finance, Neighborhoods, Land Use and Sustainability
and was Miami Beach's liaison to the Miami-Dade County League of Cities as well
as the Miami-Dade County Film & Entertainment Advisory Board. Before
being first elected Commissioner, he served on several Miami Beach Boards
including the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Design Review Board and as Special
Master over Code Compliance.
Góngora has particularly emphasized municipal support of
education as healthy communities result from a first-class educational system.
Success begins with supporting teachers and students with additional City
resources. He regularly visits classrooms to educate students about real-world
issues. Góngora says that serving as Principal for a Day at South Pointe
Elementary was an eye-opener to the challenges educators face daily. His
collaboration with South Pointe Elementary PTA resulted in improved
parent/teacher communication and a privately funded foundation to assist the
school. Góngora actively supported and will continue to support the City’s
participation in the International Baccalaureate Program. As Commissioner,
Góngora sponsored the City of Miami Beach partnership with the Anti-Defamation
League's “No Place for Hate” program in public schools.
As a citizen activist and elected official, Góngora knows
that meeting with residents, business people and neighborhood organizations to
listen and understand their needs is the most valuable skill a Commissioner can
have. He knows that everyone’s input is integral to our shared future. He
is enthused and energetic about returning to public office and looks forward to
advocating for the residents of Miami Beach.