Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro
Florida State Senate District 35
Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro is an educator with a solid background in public management, urban justice, urban education, curricula design and implementation of best practice methodologies, educational public policy, and the intervention and resolution of school and community-based conflict.
A former Miami Dade Council Public School Teacher and Chief of Staff to School Board Member Dr. Robert Ingram, he serves as the Miami-Dade School District’s Administrator for the Ingram Africa School Alliance (IASA) “Rites of Passage” Project and leads a delegation of students, teachers, and parents on the district’s annual excursion and student exchange opportunities with schools in Africa.
He has worked with diverse political constituencies in the Miami Dade and Broward communities and was appointed (2012) by Mayor Oliver Gilbert to serve on the Miami Gardens City Council, at-Large Seat 6 and was subsequently elected (2014) with the highest vote count in the history of the city. On the council, he has established himself as a trailblazer and consensus builder. He has championed commemorative events for Haitians and Hispanics and hosts the city’s annual Black history and 4th of July independence day celebration. A promoter of inclusion, he has pioneered the city’s efforts for special needs population and the city’s own Special Olympics. He hosts the city’s annual Stand Against Violence It’s Our Responsibility (S.A.V.I.O.R.) community violence and crime prevention initiative and holds a monthly community and town hall meeting “UniTea in the Gardens” and he recently sponsored resolution to host the city’s first radio show Miami Gardens Grio Radio.
Some accomplishments Dr. Ighodaro has done as Vice-Mayor of Miami Gardens:
- Sponsored legislation to establish Miami Gardens GRIO Radio and community news channel.
- Initiated Miami Gardens UniTea a monthly community town hall.
- Developed Miami Gardens e-UniTea a virtual town hall meeting.
- Initiated Miami Gardens Business Resident Economic Plan (BREP) program
- Sponsored legislation to host Miami Gardens International Music Festival (IMFest).
- Created a student exchange program and takes Miami Carol City Senior High students to Africa.
- Developed legislation to develop the African Museum of Arts and Culture (AMAC) project.
He holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University (2007). He graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Justice Administration from St. Thomas University (2000) and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Memorial University (1997). He is married to former Ms. Shannan Hanna and they have twin daughters Esosa and Idia.
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