name:Manny Diaz height = birth_date = November 5, 1954 (age 54) birth_place = Havana, Cuba residence = Miami office = Mayor of Miami term_start = 2001 term_end = predecessor = Joe Carollo successor = Incumbent party = Independent religion = Roman Catholic spouse = Robin Smith children = Manny, Natalie, Robert, Elisa website = http://www.ci.miami.fl.us/cms/mayor/
Mayor Diaz and his mother, Elisa, left Cuba in 1961. He graduated from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in 1973. In 1977, Diaz received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Florida International University. In 1980, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law.
When he first took office, Miami city government was bankrupt, held junk bond status, and was under a state financial oversight board. Mayor Diaz pursued a vast administrative overhaul that brought with it financial stability, healthy level of financial reserves, continued tax cuts, lowered millage rates, and an A+ bond rating on Wall Street.
In 2004 Diaz was awarded the "Urban Innovator of the Year" award by the Manhattan Institute.
2008 Democratic Nation ConventionEdit
In 2008, Diaz became president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Though an Independent and a former Republican, Diaz spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and has endorsed Senator Barack Obama.
Wife and childrenEdit
Diaz is married to Robin Smith and has four children and two grandchildren. His daughter, Elisa, is currently attending a magnet school for Drama.
The mayor will be leaving office in 2009 because of term limits. However, MSNBC has reported that he is being vetted to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation or Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Obama.
- ↑ The International Jesuit Alumni Directory Belen (Forum Press Inc., 1994)