Miami Beach, Florida , United States
|| February 18, 1962
Jul 10, 2018 05:28am
|Info||Philip Levine is an American philanthropist, entrepreneur, and politician who served as Mayor of Miami Beach, Florida, from 2013 to 2017. |
Philip Levine was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved with his parents to South Florida at the age of 10. Levine is a graduate of Broward County’s public school system and is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science. Following his graduation, Levine made Miami Beach home and has been involved in many philanthropic and community organizations.
In 2015, Levine completed an advanced leadership program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
In 1990, with $500 in capital, Levine launched Onboard Media in a studio apartment above the News Café on Ocean Drive. Conceived as a port-marketing program for the cruise industry, the company expanded to publish eighty-five in-stateroom magazines and to produce award-winning TV programming.
After growing Onboard Media into a multimillion-dollar company, Levine partnered with Berkshire Partners to acquire Starboard Cruise Services. The merger resulted in the world’s largest cruise industry concessionaire, which was later sold to Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy in 2000.
Levine maintains a diverse portfolio of investments in startups, businesses, and real estate. He is also the CEO of Royal Media Partners, an exclusive partner of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Levine also hosts a regular radio show on Sirius XM, “The Mayor,” featuring discussions with elected officials and other interesting personalities on a variety of relevant topics.
In 2010, Levine was tapped by President Obama’s Secretary of Commerce to serve on a Task Force advising on U.S. tourism. The goals of the task force were to grow America's tourism industry.
In November 2013, Levine was elected Mayor of Miami Beach. He received 50.48% of the total vote in a four-person race. His campaign was also endorsed by former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. Levine ran on a platform of “Just Get It Done,” focusing on fixing street flooding and combating sea-level rise, cleaning up government corruption, reforming the police department and city finances, and placing a priority on customer service.
In 2015, Levine ran for re-election, and as he had done in 2013, Levine again pledged to fund his own campaign, refusing money from special interests and limiting donations to $100 or less. He was endorsed by the Miami Herald in October 2015 and re-elected as Mayor of Miami Beach, garnering over 65% of the total vote.
In June 2016, Levine successfully passed a minimum wage increase in Miami Beach, despite a recent statewide law forbidding that.
In June 2017, Levine hosted the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach. The event brought together over 300 mayors from across the country and was the first Conference of Mayors held in the city since 1962.
During his tenure as Miami Beach Mayor, Levine has advocated publicly for action and attention to the issues of climate change. In 2016, he appeared in Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary “Before the Flood” and in an episode of the National Geographic Channel series “Years of Living Dangerously”, hosted by Jack Black, to discuss the reality and impact of sea-level rise in Miami Beach and across Florida.
Levine serves on the board of directors for Best Buddies International, the Miami-based nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.