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Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announces new Chief Bay Officer

MIAMI ( January 08, 2021 )

Today Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced that Irela Bagué will join the County as Miami-Dade's first Chief Bay Officer.

As Chief Bay Officer, Ms. Bagué will advise the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners on all issues relating to the health of the Bay, and act as a liaison between departments, boards, external agencies, stakeholder groups, and local, state, and federal governments.

“We must take immediate action to preserve Biscayne Bay, and nobody is better prepared to help lead that effort than Irela,” said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “She brings deep subject matter expertise and an outstanding career as an advocate and communicator to this critical role helping move forward policies to preserve and protect the Bay.”

"I started my career in Miami-Dade County, and I'm proud to rejoin the County during this pivotal moment of challenges and opportunities,” said Ms. Bagué. “As a longtime advocate of Biscayne Bay restoration and water resources, it is an absolute honor to serve as Miami-Dade County’s first Chief Bay Officer and advise Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and the Board of County Commissioners to help chart a long-term course for a resilient and healthy Bay.”

Ms. Bagué joins the County from her current role as the President and CEO of Bagué Group, a full-service consulting firm with more than 20 years of experience in Florida, specializing in strategic communications, water policy, sustainability, climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience. In addition to serving as the Chair of the County’s Biscayne Bay Task Force, Ms. Bagué is also Vice-Chair of the Resilience Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the City of Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board, Resilient Utility Coalition, and Florida Water Advocates. She is a former Governing Board Member of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) where she helped kick off the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, and she is a longtime advocate of Everglades and Biscayne Bay restoration and climate change adaptation.