About Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa
Rebeca Sosa has served on the Miami-Dade County Commission as District 6 commissioner since June 2001. She has been re-elected three times - most recently in 2010 without opposition - to represent the communities of City of Miami, Coral Gables, West Miami, Hialeah and Miami Springs. On November 20, 2012, she was elected by her colleagues as Chairwoman of the County Commission where she will serve a two-year term.
Chairwoman Sosa was born in Camaguey, Cuba. She received her Bachelor Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Puerto Rico and a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Saint Thomas University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She holds certifications both in elementary education and as an instructor for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Chairwoman Sosa has been an educator for more than 30 years and is currently a teacher-trainer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Prior to joining Miami-Dade County, Chairwoman Sosa served as mayor of the City of West Miami from 1994 to 2001 where her leadership resulted in the city's recovery from a 52% budget deficit, thus removing it from the Governor's Emergency List. During her tenure, she was able to secure more than $5 million in grants for the City for capital improvement projects as well as improvements to its drainage and parks systems.
Chairwoman Sosa has been happily married to her husband Armando for the past 36 years. She is the proud mother of Armando, Jr. and Veronica, and grandmother to Alexander.
Chairwoman Sosa served as Chair of the Miami-Dade County Economic Development and Social Services Committee, which is responsible for providing oversight and guidance to those departments and agencies charged with promoting economic development and revitalization, encouraging public-private partnerships while attracting businesses to Miami-Dade County.
Chairwoman Sosa served as Chair of the Miami-Dade County Performance and Efficiency Committee. She was tasked with identifying inefficiencies in departmental operations and recommending processes to improve customer service.
Chairwoman Sosa served as Chair of the State Intergovernmental Affairs Subcommittee, which has oversight over all aspects of the County's state legislative agenda.
Chairwoman Sosa served as Vice-Chair of the Health and Public Safety Committee, which oversees matters relating to the health, protection and safety of County residents. She is also a member of the Airport and Tourism and Budget and Finance Committees as well as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
Chairwoman Sosa served as Chair of the Procurement Management Policy Subcommittee, where she was responsible for many positive initiatives including new procedures to ensure that County Departments monitor contracts within their jurisdiction, mandatory ethics training for all procurement department employees, a standard process for evaluating the work of construction contractors and consultants during and after a project completion, and a tracking system that will red-flag any company that has not lived up to its contractual obligations.
Chairwoman Sosa served as chair the Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Administration (COSHA) Committee and was a member of the Regional Transportation Committee and the Internal Management & Fiscal Responsibility Committee.
Since joining the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, Chairwoman Sosa has:
- Spearheaded direct flights between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, in a partnership with government officials from the Canary Islands and AirEurope. This has resulted in four additional flights between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Madrid, Spain.
- Been appointed to the South Florida Regional Planning Council, whose mission is to identify the long-term challenges and opportunities facing Southeast Florida and assist the region's leaders in developing and implementing creative strategies that result in more prosperous and equitable communities, a healthier and cleaner environment, and a more vibrant economy.
- Presented checks totaling $6.151 million from the District 6 General Obligation Bonds toward the construction of multi-purpose facilities in the cities of Miami, Miami Springs, and West Miami.
- Been a leader in the prevention of elder abuse and neglect, including by sponsoring a resolution authorizing the County Manager to form what would become the Elder Abuse Task Force to make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on issues addressing the detection and prevention of elder abuse and/or neglect in Assisted Living Facilities, nursing homes, convalescent homes or other facilities that house or care for the elderly in Miami-Dade County.
- Been presented with the “Government & Law” award at the 21st Annual In the Company of Women Award Ceremony for her proven leadership, creativity and vision in addressing community issues in Miami-Dade County.
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