Council Members are elected by the voters to serve on the City Council. Four are elected from their geographic districts and two are elected Citywide. Council Members participate as equal members of the City Council in deliberating City business and setting policy.
Linda Julien, a Miami Gardens resident and homeowner, serves as the city's first Haitian-American council member. Linda earned a bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Florida International University and a Master's in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. For the last ten years, she has worked throughout Miami Dade County; focusing on real estate, economic development, procurement, and workforce development. One of Linda's most notable projects is Solé Mia, a 4-Billion-dollar, 15-year mixed-use real estate development, public/private partnership between a local municipality and development team of Soffer and LeFrak. Linda strongly believes in fostering public/private alliances to transform communities.
With her civic work throughout South Florida, Linda was appointed to the City of Miami Gardens Charter Review Commission. Ms. Julien serves on the Board of Directors of the Immigration Partnership and Coalition Fund (IMPAC), an organization comprised of community leaders who raise awareness of the social injustices occurring against the immigrant community. Linda also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Nyah Project, an organization which sends Miami high school youth from underserved backgrounds on a fully funded program abroad in the belief that "travel awakens leadership" and then supports them on their path to college. Ms. Julien serves on the Board of the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, an organization dedicated to transforming under-resourced communities by improving access to health, education, employment and homeownership. Linda also is a Miami Fellow Alumni through the Miami Foundation, Class X.
Linda personifies what it means to make social change. Altogether, her work encompasses ensuring the prosperity of communities, safeguarding the future growth of residents, and advocating for homeownership and the success of local businesses. She is a champion of community, and looks forward to a continued career in real estate and public service to ensure resident's needs and policy are aligned.