Miami, Florida , United States
Jul 04, 2020 06:18pm
|Info||Audrey M. Edmonson was elected to serve to a two-year term as Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Dec. 4, 2018. She has represented District 3 as Commissioner since December 2005 and was re-elected in 2016 to a four-year term. |
Chairwoman Edmonson previously served as Vice Chair from 2016 – 2018 and from 2010 to 2012.
She represents the communities of Liberty City, Little Haiti, Overtown, the Upper East Side, Edgewater, Buena Vista, Allapattah, Wynwood, San Marco Island and Watson Island, all located in the City of Miami; Brownsville, Biscayne Shores Park area, the Village of El Portal and the Village of Miami Shores.
Chairwoman Edmonson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chairwoman Edmonson serves on the Arsht Center’s Relief Funding Task Force.
Chairwoman Edmonson has served as Chairwoman of the Housing and Social Services Committee and the Building Safer Neighborhoods Sub-Committee. She also served as Chairwoman of the Transportation and Public Works Committee and the Vice Chairwoman of the Chairman’s Policy Council. She served as the Vice Chairwoman of the Miami Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) Board of Directors and as a member of the Homeless Trust Board.
Chairwoman Edmonson was appointed to the Miami-Dade County HIV/AIDS “Getting to Zero” Task Force and served as Chairwoman of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) I-395 Signature Bridge-Aesthetic Steering Committee.
She also serves on the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust and the Public Health Trust nominating councils, the Jackson Health System General Obligation Bond Citizens’ Advisory Committee and the County Advisory Task Force for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program Planning and Implementation Project which is referred locally as Project PEACE: People Engaged and Advocating for Community Empowerment. Chairwoman Edmonson serves as the Chair of the International Trade Consortium.
Chairwoman Edmonson championed the establishment and is an Ex-Officio Member of the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI), a program modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, aimed at helping Liberty City children from cradle to adulthood. Joined by local pastors and community activists, Chairwoman Edmonson leads “Operation Restoration,” an anti-crime strategy group. She also serves as a member of the Lindsey Hopkins Educational Excellence School Advisory Council.
As a member of the National Association of Counties (NACO), Chairwoman Edmonson serves as Sub-committee Vice-Chair on the Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee and as a member of the Large Urban County Caucus.
She is a member of the Florida Association of Counties’ (FAC) Board of Directors, serves as Co-Chair of the Urban Caucus and was selected as a 2017 Presidential Advocate in recognition of exceptional leadership in partnering with FAC to advance the counties’ legislative agenda.
In 2007, as Miami-Dade County’s representative for the Miami-Dade County Sister Cities Program, Chairwoman Edmonson signed an agreement with the City of Cape Town, South Africa and the City of Dakar, Senegal establishing Sister City ties and thus fostering trade and cultural exchanges. The signing ceremony was televised nationally in both nations.
Chairwoman Edmonson successfully urged the State to not preempt Miami-Dade County’s Crane Safety ordinance. She also adopted pool lighting safety measures that were implemented statewide and advocated for the State to allow the County to set stricter regulations for scrap metal dealers in order to combat the scrap metal theft epidemic.