Jimmy Morales

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Jimmy Morales
Personal details
Born Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Harvard University

Jimmy L. Morales is a lawyer and politician from Miami Beach, Florida.

Morales graduated as a salutorian from Miami Beach Senior High School. In 1984 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University and was inducted a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1987. Morales is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, the Cuban American Bar Association, the National Hispanic Bar Association, and the Inter-American Bar Association.

Morales was born and raised in Miami Beach, and currently resides in Coral Gables. He is married to Dori Foster-Morales. He has two children: a daughter, Nora Leigh, who has Autism, and a son, Peter Jay. Currently Morales is City Manager of Miami Beach.


He was first elected to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners[1] in October 1996 to represent District 7, and was reelected to serve a second term on September 5, 2000. His Commission district included South Miami, Key Biscayne, portions of Miami, Coral Gables and Pinecrest. He ran for Mayor in 2004 for Miami-Dade County, but lost to Carlos Alvarez.

Morales serves as the Chairperson of the Mayor's Task Force on Efficiency and Competition and also as Chairman of the Commission's Budget and Finance Committee. He was recently[when?] appointed to the NACo Deferred Compensation Advisory Committee and the National PTA Hispanic Advisory Board. He also serves as the County's representative to the Downtown Development Authority, the Dade League of Cities and the Florida Association of Counties.

Morales has a long history of service to the community. He has served on numerous not-for-profit boards, including the Dade Community Foundation, the American Red Cross, Crimestoppers of Dade County, the East Little Havana Community Development Corporation, Aspira of Florida, and the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida. Morales is a graduate of both the Leadership Miami and Leadership Florida Programs. In 2000, he was the recipient of the Bill Colson Leadership Award for the Leadership Miami program of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.[1]

Before becoming Manager of the City of Miami Beach, Morales was a shareholder with the Miami law firm of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. Mr. Morales also sat on the firm's Board of Directors. His practice focused on land use and eminent domain, municipal and county law, and governmental affairs.


  • Serves as the City Manager for the City of Miami Beach
  • Served as the City Attorney for the City of Doral
  • Served on the City Attorney team for the City of Marathon
  • Serves as Special Master for the City of Miami Gardens
  • Served as Special Master for the City of Sunny Isles Beach
  • Served as Chief Special Master for the City of Miami Beach
  • Served on the Board of Miami-Dade County Commissioners, District 7 1996-2004
  • Served as Chairman of the Code Enforcement Board for the City of Miami

Professional and community involvement[edit]

  • American Red Cross, former Board Member
  • Aspira of Florida, former Board Member
  • Autism Speaks, Walk Co-Chairman 2006 and 2007
  • Miami-Dade County’s liaison to the Miami Downtown Development Authority and the Miami-Dade League of Cities 1997-2004
  • Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County, former Board Member
  • Dade Foundation, past Chairman, current Board Member
  • East Little Havana CDC, former Board Member
  • Florida Association of Counties, past Member
  • The Florida Bar, Eminent Domain Committee and the Annual Meeting Committee, current Board Member
  • Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, former Board Member
  • Leadership Florida, Graduate
  • Leadership Miami, Graduate
  • Livability Task Force of the Miami-Dade Alliance for Human Services, Chairman
  • National PTA Hispanic Advisory Board, former Member
  • Neighborhood Lending Partners of South Florida, Board Member
  • University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Advisory Board Member
  • WLRN Community Advisory Board, Member
  • 5,000 Role Models of Excellence Project, Mentor


  • The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Bill Colson Leadership Award for Outstanding Leadership and Superior Ability
  • The First Annual McClaskey Leadership Award from the Guardianship Program of Dade County
  • The Ambassador of the Arts medal from the Dade Cultural Alliance
  • The “Civic Trailblazer” Award from the Miami-Dade Alumni Chapter of Bethune-Cookman College
  • Inducted into the Miami-Beach Senior High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame
  • South Florida Legal Guide - "Top Lawyers in South Florida," selected for inclusion, 2008–2009
  • Florida Super Lawyers, selected for inclusion, 2006–2009


  1. ^ a b Levine, Robert M. (2002). Secret Missions to Cuba: Fidel Castro, Bernardo Benes, and Cuban Miami, p. 270. New York: PALGRAVE MACMILLAN.