Michael Góngora cares passionately about making a difference in people’s lives. His long history of service uniquely qualifies him to once again serve as our Commissioner at this critical time. Our residents are facing negative impacts to our quality of life from traffic, flooding and other impacts.
He began his tenure in public service when he was appointed to serve on various community, arts, and city committees in 2000 after being elected as President of the Miami Beach Latin Chamber of Commerce.
Elected to a partial Commissioner term in 2006 and re-elected to a full term in 2009, Góngora’s goal has always have been to improve lives of our residents.
The challenges facing our city during this critical time has convinced Góngora to offer himself as our Commissioner again. He will put his experience and knowledge of our city to work immediately.
Góngora graduated from the University of Miami’s Law School in 1994, and practices community association law, representing many condominium and homeowner associations in South Florida.
Góngora has served as chairman of several boards and committees: Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches (ECOMB); Miami Beach Latin Chamber of Commerce, three consecutive terms; and, Miami Beach Bar Association, two terms.]
While president of the Miami Beach Bar Association, Góngora re-established the North Beach Pro Bono Law Clinic to providing free legal consultations to low-income residents. He also served Miami-Dade County as Special Magistrate for the Value Adjustment Board determining property tax appeals.
In 2010, Góngora became the first Miami Beach Commissioner to a member of the Board of Directors for Council Towers — providing affordable housing for our elderly residents while successfully expand their food programs. As an enthusiastic advocate of environmental issues, Góngora led to the creation of the city’s Sustainability Committee.
During his tenure as Commissioner, Góngora was Chairman of the City’s Land Use and Development Committee; represented us at the Miami-Dade County League of Cities; and as well as was a member of the Finance Committee.
Góngora has always placed particular emphasis on city involvement in education. He knows that healthy communities result from a first-class educational system. Educational success begins with supporting teachers and students with additional city resources. He regularly visits classrooms to educate students about real-world issues. Góngora says that serving as Principal for a Day at South Pointe Elementary was an eye-opener to the challenges educators face daily. A meeting with South Pointe Elementary PTA resulted in improved parent/teacher communication and a privately funded foundation to assist the school. Góngora has actively supported the city’s participation in the International Baccalaureate Program. As Commissioner, Góngora was instrumental in helping UNIDAD, our community-based, social service, advocacy, leadership development, and cultural affairs organization.
UNIDAD’s Annual Toy Drive and a variety of special events benefiting our senior citizens with special services as well as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day events.
As a citizen activist and elected official, Góngora learned that meeting with people; civics groups is that listening to residents is the best skill a Commissioner can have. That’s because he knows that everyone’s input is integral to our future.