Meet Raquel

Promises Made, Promises Kept

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Raquel Regalado has always been driven by a commitment to public service and a sense of responsibility to be a voice for the voiceless. As a parent of two children in the autism spectrum, Raquel was dissatisfied with public education options for children with disabilities and in 2010 ran for and was elected to the Miami-Dade County Public School Board.  

During her two terms, she championed programs and services for special needs children and adults, and as the Facilities and Construction Committee Chair, spearheaded the oversight of public funds for the construction and renovation of public schools. She was also a leading advocate for public/private partnerships which provided resources to challenged schools and as Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Value Adjustment Board, she led the way in restructuring and recreating policies and procedures to eliminate the funding delays for our public schools.

As our County Commissioner, Raquel Regalado will be our voice on the issues that matter to our District and our residents.  From East Kendall to Pinecrest, from Coral Gables to the City of Miami and Key Biscayne, Raquel Regalado is ready to serve and bring solutions to our traffic woes, help protect and enhance our green spaces, protect our coastal communities and ensure that our District and our County are more resilient to weather events and sea level rise.

Personal

  • Mom to Isabella 15, and Sebastian 14

  • Member of Florida Bar, 18+ years specializing in Corporate and Real Estate litigation

  • Juris Doctorate, St. Thomas University School of Law, 2001

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Florida International University, 1998

  • Miami-Dade College-Honors Program, 1994

  • Coral Gables Senior High School, 1992

Civic Leadership

  • Miami-Dade County School Board Member, Elected in 2010, Reelected in 2014

  • Board Member, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts 2011-2016

  • Chairwoman, Miami Children’s Initiative Trust Board 2010-2015

  • Chairwoman, Miami Dade County Value Adjustment Board

  • Member, Community Advisory Board, WLRN (PBS – Channel 17, Miami) 2011-2016

  • Member, Board of Directors of the Education Fund 2010-2015

  • Member, Board of Directors Chapman Partnership 2013 to present

  • Member Board of Directors of Autism Speaks 2011 to 2016

Recognition

  • City of Miami Women’s History Month March 2018, Outstanding Community Service Award

  • CNC Community Impact Educational Development Awardee for 2017

  • UM/NSU Card Community Service and Leadership Award 2015 

  • South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Public Servant of the Year 2015

  • Coral Gables Good Government Outstanding Public Official of 2014

  • Spanish American League Against Discrimination for Community Service and Advocacy 2014

  • NALEO Excellence in Public Service 2014

  •  New Florida’s Young Electeds to Watch by the Florida League of Women Voters 2012 

  • Minority Chamber of Commerce Female Public Servant of the Year 2012

  • Walk Now for Autism Speaks, Outstanding Advocacy 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015