About Vice Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert, III
Commissioner Gilbert is a seasoned attorney, licensed to practice law in the State of Florida; the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal District Court. With 20 years of legal experience, Commissioner Gilbert’s vast knowledge extends to real estate law, municipal law, constitutional law, civil rights law and employment law. Throughout his tenure as a practicing attorney, he gained extensive experience working as a public policy maker in areas of education, criminal justice, and urban and economic development. Commissioner Gilbert has served as an Adjunct Professor at Miami Dade College, teaching courses in criminology, criminal law, constitutional law, street law, drugs and violence, computer crimes and judicial policy.
In 2012, Commissioner Gilbert reached what was then the pinnacle of his career when he was elected mayor of his hometown, Miami Gardens. During his tenure, he provided leadership to City Council and city employees, increased corporate expansion and was the driving force behind the exponential growth and development of new businesses within Miami Gardens. His efforts led to additional job opportunities for local residents and pumped revenue back into his beloved city. As recognition of the city’s tremendous growth, Miami Gardens was awarded All-America City in 2020, solidifying Commissioner Gilbert’s city as a tri-county economic contender.
Commissioner Gilbert’s civic activities extended outside of Miami Gardens as he is a former President of the African American Mayors Association and held a seat on the Board of Directors of the Florida League of Mayors, National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board, as well as President of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities. His commitment to leadership has been continually recognized by his peers as they selected him Chair of Miami-Dade County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and Chair of Southeast Florida Transportation Council (SEFTC), two initiatives and organizations the commissioner is dedicated to advancing.
Commissioner Gilbert is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and is dedicated to their cardinal principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift. Commissioner Gilbert is also a member of Leadership Florida and a Miami Fellows, Class V.
He continues to be an advocate for youth and residents he represents them as Miami-Dade County Commissioner District 1.