Director of Public Affairs
As a dynamic and results-driven public relations and communications executive with over 15 years of experience impacting organizations presence and performance nationally, Petula Celeste Burks serves as the Public Affairs Director for the City of Miami Gardens.
Prior to her arrival at Miami Gardens, Petula served as a Public Affairs Officer for the City of Fort Lauderdale for almost nine (9) years. In this capacity, Ms. Burks was responsible for pitching ideas to the media, planning, coordinating and marketing events, researching and gathering information, facilitating public meetings, creating/writing policies and procedures and speaking on behalf of the city.
Before arriving at the City of Fort Lauderdale, Ms. Burks served as a sixth-grade language arts instructor at Haymon-Morris Middle School. Additionally, she served as a Public Relations Information Specialist for the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Public Affairs Manager for Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, the Campaign Office Manager for Gubernatorial Candidate Bill McBride and Public Relations Information Specialist for the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism/Communication from Brenau University. She is a member of PRSA, GAE and NEA, and the National Association of Professional Women. She was selected as one of Broward’s 40 Under 40 Most Influential African Americans by Legacy Magazine and most recently named a Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women.
The Events and Media Department provides ongoing, creative and comprehensive communications services to our internal and external customers about all aspects of City business, initiatives and activities. We are dedicated to providing valuable information to our diverse community. To solicit, plan, and produce events that assist in achieving the City's goals and objectives, such as an increased focus on culture, community pride, and tourism while providing an entertaining experience for residents and visitors to the City.