President of Rosado & Associates, economic development and urban planning consulting firm; senior fellow, FIU Metropolitan Center; Instructor at FIU, UM
B.A., Florida International University
M.A. Princeton University
Ph.D. Princeton University in city and regional planning
Co-designed University of Miami’s Community Scholars in Affordable Housing Program; Previously: City of North Miami Assistant City Manager; executive director of South Florida Community Development Coalition; director of urban design and neighborhood revitalization at architecture firm Corzo Castella Carballo Thompson Salman; Intern at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on affordable housing issues; Assistant to the City Manager of South Miami
1. Where do you stand on the Miami Forever bond program?
There are worthy projects proposed as part of the bond program, but I am disappointed in the way that it’s been handled in terms of public engagement and transparency. There are many unanswered questions with regard to the specific projects that would be funded. More importantly, why is the public being invited to participate only now in the discussion of the projects? I have visited thousands of homes since I began canvassing District 4 in January, and I can assure you…most voters don’t even know that it will be on the ballot. If elected, I would fight to ensure that the public is much better informed about major issues that affect them.
2. The City of Miami has tremendous income disparity. What are your plans for prioritizing inclusive development, particularly expanding the scope of affordable housing?
As co-founder/co-instructor of UM’s Affordable Housing program for professionals working in the housing field, I get to spend quite a bit of time thinking about this issue; as a result, I’ve researched the top 50 Best Practices in place right now in other major US cities to ensure that housing is more affordable to more people. I hope to introduce a number of initiatives, from streamlined permitting (so that typical households save on the interest of their bank loans) to increased housing options at/near transit hubs, so that more Miamians don’t NEED to own cars if they choose not to. There is much we can do to make Miami a more affordable place in which to live and raise a family.
3. Do you think Miami is on the right track for addressing sea level rise? Are we taking drastic enough steps?
I would take to heart the recommendations of experts in this field, including those on the city’s Sea-Level Rise committee. The city must undertake additional investments in infrastructure to better equip itself. But the public should be truly invited to participate in these important recommendations.
4. What can we do to get people out of their cars? Particularly to make the city safer for cyclists and pedestrians?
I’ve often said…If we are to reduce traffic congestion, then we must make all forms of non-automobile travel that much more reliable and desirable. This includes widening sidewalks and planting more shade trees (to make walking more appealing), adding bike lanes, and expanding transit options (through more city trolleys, more responsive transit routes, and shifting new housing toward – not away from – transit hubs).
5. How do you plan to bring in a diverse range of voices in your decision making and to take concerns of unheard populations into account?
People deeply want to be listened to. I’m going to continue to canvas, even after Election Day, so that I can hear from people at their homes. I want to host regular town hall meetings within each of District 4’s unique neighborhoods. Bringing democracy TO the people, rather than expecting them to travel to city hall, is the best way to stay attuned to what concerns constituents.
6. What is one change you want to make that would improve YOUR life in Miami?
Regular, frequent engagement with constituents. There’s nothing better for understanding what worries Miamians. Then…acting upon their concerns, for their betterment and that of our entire Miami community.