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About the Office

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Mayor's Biography

Carlos A. Gimenez continues his lifelong commitment to public service after being re-elected as Miami-Dade County's Mayor.

Alex Ferro

Chief of Staff
Mr. Ferro serves as the Chief of Staff to Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office including the coordination of policy and legislation, external affairs and communications.  Additionally, Mr. Ferro is the point person in facilitating and supporting the Deputy Mayors and department directors in implementing the Mayor's strategic vision.

Russell Benford

Deputy Mayor
Mr. Benford serves as Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County, the largest county in the State of Florida and the eighth largest in the United States. Mr. Benford uses his knowledge of growth management, capital planning and economic development to provide direct oversight to the Community Action and Human Services, Corrections, Fire, Juvenile Services, Medical Examiner, Police and Public Housing and Community Development departments. Additionally, he serves as a liaison to the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust, Homeless Trust, and CareerSource South Florida.

Alina T. Hudak

Deputy Mayor
Mrs. Hudak has served Miami-Dade County for the past 32 years, making a stronger government for a better community, and has brought professional administration to the County's leadership team. As Deputy Mayor, she oversees the departments of Animal Services, Elections, the Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust and the Public Health Trust. In addition to serving as Deputy Mayor, Mrs. Hudak serves as Director of the Solid Waste Management Department. 


Edward Marquez

Deputy Mayor
Mr. Marquez is responsible for overseeing the internal management functions of the County, which include the County’s Management and Budget, Human Resources, Internal Services, Finance, Audit and Management and Information Technology departments. In addition to serving as Deputy Mayor, Mr. Marquez is also serving as Finance Director/CFO of the County.

Jack Osterholt

Deputy Mayor
Mr. Osterholt is Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County and Director of the Regulatory and Economic Resources Department. He is responsible for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department PortMiami and the Water and Sewer Department. Additionally, he is the Mayor’s liaison to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Beacon Council, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Development Authority, South Florida Regional Planning Council and the Sports Commission.

Michael Spring

Senior Advisor
For the past twenty-three years, Michael Spring has served as director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, where he has been responsible for the supervision of a public arts agency with an annual budget of more than $30 million and a staff of 51.

Michael A. Hernández

Senior Advisor
Mr. Hernández is a Senior Advisor and the Director of Communications for the Office of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. He serves as the chief spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office and the principal liaison between the Mayor’s office and the administration, and the media, residents and the general public. He also has direct oversight of all communications and marketing efforts for all County departments and offices under the Mayor’s purview, and the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, PortMiami and the Water and Sewer Department. He also sets the policy for communicators in all 25 County departments, including all departmental public information officers.

Gabriela E. Lopez

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs
Gabriela E. Lopez is the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs. In addition to supervising the policy and legislative affairs and the intergovernmental relations teams for the Office of the Mayor, she oversees matters related to the County's Intergovernmental Affairs, Charter Review, Agenda Office, Agenda Coordination, Property Appraiser, Commission Auditor, Commission on Ethics and Public Trust and the Inspector General.

Emilio T. Gonzalez

Director, Aviation
Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez is the Director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. He directs the operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) and four general aviation airports in the Miami area. MIA handles more than 40 million passengers and 2 million tons of cargo annually, and is among the nation’s busiest international passenger and cargo airports.

Lester Sola

Director, Water and Sewer
Lester Sola is the Director of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department. As Director of the largest utility in the Southeastern United States, Mr. Sola is responsible for providing high-quality drinking water and wastewater disposal services to more than 2.3 million residents, businesses and visitors on a daily basis. The department provides direct service to more than 432,000 accounts, wholesale water service to 15 municipalities and wholesale wastewater service to 13 municipalities.

Juan Kuryla

Director, PortMiami
As Director of PortMiami, Mr. Kuryla oversees operations and capital development for the largest cruise port in the world. In 2013, 4.13 million passengers passed through Port Miami’s terminals and berthed 2,500 cargo and cruise vessels. Port Miami generates more than 207,000 jobs and has an economic impact of 27 billion.

Alice N. Bravo, P.E.

Director, Transit
As Director, Ms. Bravo oversees accessible transportation services in Miami-Dade County. This includes the Metrobus fleet that runs approximately 28.9 million miles through most areas of Miami-Dade County; the electrically-powered, elevated, 25-mile rapid transit Metrorail system; the 4.4-mile elevated Metromover; and the paratransit service (Special Transportation Service) that meets the needs of the disabled. Responsibilities also include all traffic engineering and road maintenance functions for Miami-Dade County.

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