Distinguished Former Mayor of Miami
Manny Diaz’s 30-year career has spanned local, state, and national politics. Mr. Diaz first gained prominence in 2000 as the lawyer for the Florida-based family of Elián González, who was engaged in a very public and dramatic custody battle with his father located in Cuba.
In 2001, Mr. Diaz was elected Mayor of Miami –despite never having held public office before. He was re-elected in 2005 and in 2008 was also elected to serve as president of the United States Conference of Mayors. To say that Mr. Diaz transformed Miami during his tenure would be an understatement. He reorganized the city government, turned the city into an international travel destination, dramatically improved Miami’s housing, eduction, and infrastructure, boosted economic growth, reduced poverty and homelessness, and spotlighted its arts and culture. His book, Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood, One City at a Time, documents this great achievement.
Mr. Diaz has been honored for his work with almost 100 awards from organizations including: The Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government, the Americans for the Arts National Award for Local Arts Leadership, the American Architectural Foundation Keystone Award and the Hispanic Magazine Government Award.
Mr. Diaz has also served as a resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. He has since returned to his corporate and real estate law practice as a senior partner at Lydecker Diaz in Miami.
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