Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava just lately introduced two key appointments in her administration centered on innovation, social fairness, and financial restoration and improvement.
Rahel Weldeyesus, former chief of workers within the District 8 fee workplace, will step into a brand new position as senior advisor for Innovation and Efficiency, and George Andrews, chief of workers to the president at Miami Dade School, will be a part of the group as senior advisor for Coverage. Each senior advisors will report on to the mayor.
As senior advisor for Innovation and Efficiency, Weldeyesus will work throughout departments to drive innovation inside county authorities and convey citizen-led, impact-driven problem-solving to Miami-Dade’s largest challenges.
Her portfolio contains strategic planning and efficiency administration inside the Workplace of Administration and Price range, together with two landmark new places of work being shaped below Mayor Levine Cava’s administration — the Workplace of Fairness and Inclusion and Workplace of Group Engagement. She additionally will assist lead the mayor’s COVID-19 response and restoration efforts.
As senior advisor for Coverage, Andrews will collaborate intently with division administrators and neighborhood stakeholders to advance the mayor’s coverage agenda, and guarantee robust collaboration and dialogue throughout federal, state, county and metropolis governments, enterprise, and academia. His portfolio contains Financial Growth, the Workplace of Resilience, and Intergovernmental Affairs, and he’ll act as a liaison to Planning to make sure coverage coordination.
“As we glance to not solely assist our financial system rebound from this tough interval however emerge a stronger neighborhood in the long run, we have to put fairness and inclusion first in all the things we do,” mentioned Mayor Levine Cava. “And to ship on significant change for residents we have to heart new concepts and inventive options from inside the neighborhood we serve. Rahel brings deep coverage information and expertise operating nationally acknowledged, results-driven nonprofit applications to this new position serving to form a extra inclusive and progressive native authorities.
“George has helped shepherd the expansion and success of certainly one of our neighborhood’s largest and most complicated establishments, Miami Dade School. His power constructing relationships with various stakeholders throughout the county will assist guarantee our native authorities is extra in sync with the wants and priorities of residents and companies, and that we’re working collectively towards a typical objective — constructing a stronger, extra resilient native financial system,” the mayor mentioned.
“Mayor Levine Cava has a daring imaginative and prescient to sort out systemic social, racial, and financial disparities in Miami-Dade, to construct a extra equitable basis the place all households can thrive,” Weldeyesus mentioned. “I’m excited to carry an innovation mindset to a few of our hardest challenges, whereas participating instantly with residents to craft and implement community-led options and make our authorities extra clear.”
Andrews mentioned, “To ship on an financial coverage agenda that can uplift all Miami-Dade companies and households, and to get us via this present second of disaster, we’d like deep collaboration throughout sectors. I’m proud to carry my expertise working throughout greater training, enterprise, authorities, and healthcare to implementing Mayor Levine Cava’s priorities, to rebound our financial system safely and construct again stronger.”
Weldeyesus has over 15 years of expertise in strategic planning, efficiency administration, managing multi-million greenback budgets, and designing and operating progressive applications inside authorities and nonprofit settings. For the previous 5 years she labored intently alongside then-Commissioner Levine Cava as chief of workers and earlier than that as Group Engagement director, creating and launching groundbreaking applications to instantly profit Miami-Dade households and companies — together with Speed up South Dade, the primary small enterprise and nonprofit incubator of its variety within the county, and the Nonprofit and Small Enterprise Academies. She additionally served as coverage lead on regulation enforcement and police-community relations.
Previous to becoming a member of Miami-Dade County authorities she held senior management roles inside nonprofits centered on constructing coalitions and implementing data-based fashions to sort out social points like gun violence prevention and prisoner recidivism. She obtained her BA from the College of Chicago and her grasp’s in Public Administration from Florida Worldwide College.
Andrews involves the county from the Workplace of the President at Miami Dade School, the nation’s largest neighborhood faculty, the place he has served as chief of workers for the final 16 years. In that position Andrews labored to implement the faculty’s strategic priorities as the important thing hyperlink between the Workplace of the President and all main inner and exterior stakeholders, together with the White Home and federal companies, native authorities, and native trade, and managed a several-million-dollar finances.
Andrews is the previous vice chairman of the South Florida Hospital and Well being Care Affiliation and a present board member of the Larger Miami Chamber of Commerce. He obtained his BS from the College of Central Florida and his MBA from the College of Miami.