First elected to office in 2006, Michael Góngora is currently a partner at Becker & Poliakoff where he is the lead community- and homeowner-association litigator. Prior to his election, Góngora was a long-term community activist having chaired the Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches, Miami Beach Latin Chamber of Commerce and Miami Beach Bar Association. In 2007, as President of the Miami Beach Bar Association, he re-opened the North Beach Pro Bono Law Clinic that provides free legal consultations to low-income residents. Because of his extensive legal experience, Commissioner Góngora was asked to join the Board of Directors for Council Towers. He is the first Commissioner of Miami Beach to sit on the Board of Directors. Council Towers consists of two affordable housing buildings for the elderly that are in the heart of Miami Beach.
A long-time Miami Beach resident and business owner, Góngora has served in numerous civic, charitable, business and legal activities throughout Miami-Dade County, including Little Lighthouse Foundation and Equality Florida. He also advocates and speaks out for environmental causes having created and chaired Miami Beach’s Sustainability Committee to identify and promote policies within Miami Beach aimed at achieving a sustainable environment. As a Commissioner, Góngora has been instrumental in ensuring the implementation of the policies and practices. He also chairs the City’s Land Use and Development Committee.
Góngora has received many community awards, twice receiving the City of Miami Beach Key Recipient for Outstanding Service to the Community. In 2009, Góngora was honored by Business Leader Magazine with the 2009 South Florida Movers and Shakers Award and was selected by Florida Trend as 2009 Legal Elite. In 2011, Commissioner Góngora was named among the Top Ten Innovators in Miami-Dade County by the SunPost Newspaper and was a Recipient of the Emerald Green City Award from the Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches (ECOMB).