Mayor Claudia V. Cubillos


Mayor Claudia V. Cubillos is the first Hispanic Mayor of the Village of El Portal, Florida in its 80-year history.  She was first elected to the El Portal Village Council Seat 2 in a contested election in 2008, receiving more votes than any candidate in El Portal’s history.  She was then re-elected without opposition to the Village Council in 2010 and 2012. In 2014, she decisively defeated the long-serving incumbent mayor with 55% of the vote, and was then re-elected without opposition in 2016.  In addition, Mayor Cubillos has served on the Miami-Dade County League of Cities as a Board Member since 2012, and Executive Board Member since 2014. In August 2015, Mayor Cubillos was elected to the Florida League of Cities Board of Directors, and in September 2017 she was appointed to its Executive Committee.

Mayor Cubillos was born in the State of New Jersey and is the youngest of her late parent’s nine children, who legally-immigrated from Colombia and were small business owners in Miami, Florida.  She went on to be a National Honor Society member at Coral Gables High School and the student body president at Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus, then went on to Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus.  Fluent in English and Spanish, Mayor Cubillos served as an international sales education executive specializing in duty-free trade for Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., and after her mother succumbed to pancreatic cancer, she followed in her parent’s entrepreneurial footsteps founding Ms. Claudia’s Village Academy in 2007. Ms. Claudia’s Village Academy is an infant-VPK day school with afterschool programs through 8th grade and tutoring services through 12th grade, which provide a solid educational foundation for our youngest citizens to succeed while creating jobs within the local community. Mayor Cubillos holds the State of Florida Advanced Childcare Director’s Credential and earned her National Administrator’s Credential from the National Institute of Child Care Management.

For almost a decade, Mayor Cubillos has been the driving force behind increased civic engagement and community partnerships in order to improve the quality of life in El Portal and for its residents. Her vision of “working together to make El Portal a beautiful place to live where everyone matters” can now be seen throughout the village and at numerous community events, and where property values in El Portal have led Miami-Dade County in increasing by double-digits each year, for the last three years.

Mayor Cubillos’ Mayor’s Task Force is responsible for creating and distributing her quarterly community newsletter: The Peacock Express, which features the “Citizen’s Spotlight” and hosts events such as the Annual El Portal Art Fair, Farmer’s Market, and Family Food Truck Night.  As the Founder of the new El Portal Women’s Club, in a commitment to the late El Portal community leader Libby Bowen, Mayor Cubillos has succeeded in enabling and encouraging a new generation of women to be involved in the El Portal community.  As a conservationist, in the theme of “Teddy Roosevelt,” she formed the El Portal Tree Board, which led to El Portal being designated as an official Tree City USA, and the planting of over 50 trees throughout the community in conjunction with the annual Arbor Day Celebration. She led the charge to secure open space for the Nature Trail expansion, the installation of village-wide trash cans and doggie-do stations, and the installation of the Village Hall bike rack and Tot-Lot water fountain. She also led the adoption of an environmentally-friendly form-based code based on the community’s input to the 2013 Charrette Design-Plan, the adoption of the YGreen solar-friendly ordinance, and the “Think Globally/Act Locally” village-wide clean-up in honor of Earth Day.

Mayor Cubillos’ experience as an entrepreneurial educator and concern for the community’s youth inspired her to install one of the first “Little Libraries” in Miami-Dade County. She also hosts the annual back-to-school backpack giveaway, and presents end-of-the-year citizenship awards to Horace Mann and Phyllis Ruth Miller community schools students, where she is also working to establish Educational Compacts.  In addition, she is starting a Mayor’s Youth Task Force, in theme with her widely-successful El Portal Mayor’s Task Force, to inspire citizenship and prepare the next generation of community leaders.

As the Chairwoman of the Public Safety Committee, Mayor Cubillos reinvigorated the Crime Watch Program, swore-in El Portal’s first community policing K-9 officer: Arctic, obtained five new state-of-the-art police cars, hosted the Senior Citizens “First Response” workshop, hosted the Emergency Preparedness and Age-Friendly Community Panels at the Miami-Dade County League of Cities “Best Practices” conferences, initiated an emergency humanitarian ordinance to assist the elderly and families with special needs during the Little Farm relocation process, and directed El Portal’s response to Hurricane Irma, closely working with FEMA and FPL to ensure El Portal was one of the first municipalities in Miami-Dade County to return to normal after the devastating storm.

As Chairwoman of the Public Affairs Committee, Mayor Cubillos started and has sustained the Annual El Portal Halloween Block Party, the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway, and the county-wide new Village Seal Contest. She has also hosted Farm Share, she started the Tri-Village’s Bike Ride, Kickball Tournament, and Social Event, and ensures the village continues to hosts a wide variety of community events – some of which are completely sponsored.

As a military wife married to Colonel Noel C. Pace, U.S. Army Reserve and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, Mayor Cubillos has been committed to military/veteran’s causes and charities first as a Councilperson, and now as Mayor.  In 2009, she established the Village of El Portal’s first Armed Forces Day 5K Fun Run/Walk to involve the community in honoring the military, and which has continued every year since.

Mayor Cubillos is a Board Member of the Horace Mann Middle School and the Phyllis Ruth Miller Elementary School Educational Excellence School Advisory Councils, is a Board Member of the Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce, is a Board Member of the Miami-Dade County Film and Entertainment Advisory Board, and is an advocate for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN).

Mayor Cubillos is deeply concerned with the well-being of the residents of the Village of El Portal and the greater Miami-Dade community, as evidenced through her community initiatives, her work in education, her supporting of veterans, and the creation of local jobs, and is committed to helping citizens create opportunities for tomorrow—today!

Mayor Cubillos’ future initiatives, as outlined in her Annual State of the Village Address, highlighted during her Mayor’s series of monthly town hall meetings being hosted one Saturday a month throughout 2018, and as posted in the Peacock Express, which are all featured on the updated El Portal website, include the better branding/identification of the Village of El Portal through improved signage, following through with the septic-to-sewer initiative and starting the master street plan, working to obtain a Play City USA designation, developing the Little River regional compact, maximizing the benefit of Bright Line Railway for our residents, and properly managing the development of the Sanctuary (Rader Church), the newly annexed area of El Portal near Biscayne Boulevard, and the Little Farm.

Mayor Cubillos and her husband have lived in El Portal for over 10 years, with Nemo, Nero, and Nina- their 3 rescue dogs! They are both Certified Open Water Divers, Miami Marathon participants, enjoy traveling and volunteer with a wide variety of organizations that benefit: veterans, seniors and/or the youth.

Mayor Cubillos can be reached through the El Portal Village Hall at (305) 778-4199 or at

2014-17 Reports

State of the Village Address 2017

State of the Village Address 2016
August 23, 2016

Mayor Cubillos Report 11_12 2014


8th of August 2018 07:04 AM Link
They are the future - #inspire #empower #motivate them 🙌!! #teammayorcubillos #mayorcubillos2018 #teamclaudia #theres3missing #weareelportal #iheartelportal #leavingfootprintsbehind
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8th of August 2018 07:02 AM Link
They are the future 🙌 #teammayorcubillos #mayorcubillos2018 #teamclaudia #theres3missing #weareelportal #iheartelportal #leavingfootprintsbehind
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5th of August 2018 11:44 AM Link
Tony, a local high school student, is completing his community hours with the guidance of our @elportalpd! #bikeday #sunday #communityproject #theyarethefuture #empowertheyouth #iheartelportal @ El Portal, Florida
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4th of August 2018 01:42 PM Link
Let’s keep El Portal Clean and Green - thank you @wastemanagement for this educational piece to our residents! #iheartelportal #wastemanagement #tips #communitypartners #cleanandgreen #elportal #keepingupwithelportal #🚛
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28th of July 2018 02:09 PM Link
#iheartelportal #communitymeditation #elportal #keepingupwithelportal
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21st of July 2018 10:24 PM Link
Michael, I will always remember how much you unconditionally supported and believed in me - your voice and passion will be tremendously missed. #myhearthurts #elportal
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17th of July 2018 06:35 AM Link
El Portal, join us on along with @elportalpd and @miamidadefirerescue Station four our Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7th starting at 645pm, followed by our Siren Police Parade at Village Hall for our Back to School Health Fair and giveaway📚🖍✏️! #iheartelportal #nationanightout #elportalpoliceofficers #backtoschool #backpackgiveaway #elportalwomansclub #kidstownpediatrics #communitypartners #elportal
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11th of July 2018 11:09 PM Link
New beginnings. #davidanddavid #beckham #pba #futbol @ Pinecrest, Florida
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11th of July 2018 10:25 PM Link
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6th of July 2018 07:48 PM Link
The Women that represent El Portal 💪 #Manager #Chief #Mayor #Councilperson #Clerk #elportal #womenempowerment #4thofjuly #proud #iheartelportal #iheartamerica #keepingupwithelportal
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4th of July 2018 06:52 PM Link
From us to you - Happy 4th of July! #🇺🇸#iheartelportal #elportalpoliceofficers #4thofjuly
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4th of July 2018 11:48 AM Link
#independenceday #4thofjuly #🇺 #iheartamerica #iheartflorida #iheartelportal
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1st of July 2018 08:18 AM Link
Thank you David Ward for starting this tradition when you moved here a few years ago — NE 87 Street and NW 91 Street are 🇺🇸! #iheartelportal
Little Free Library of El PortaL #1257
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30th of June 2018 06:14 PM Link
El Portal, join us on Wednesday, July 4th for our Annual 4th of July Family BBQ at the Tot Lot behind Village Hall! This year as part of our festivities, we’ll have a little Karaoke too🎤🎼! #iheartelportal
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30th of June 2018 05:22 PM Link
Nice town hall with some residents going over every Village department budget, and thank you to all Councilmembers, Administration and Chief for attending and working with our residents. #elportal #iheartelportal #keepingupwithelportal
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29th of June 2018 11:09 AM Link
Best Practices with Social Media and Government. With @elportalpd and Manager #iheartelportal #elportal #keepingupwithelportal
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29th of June 2018 10:44 AM
Best Practices of Social Media.
20th of June 2018 07:46 PM Link
Peacock Express! #newsletter #elportal #iheartelportal Harold E Mathis Jr. Claudia V Cubillos
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14th of June 2018 08:38 PM Link
Since 1777 - Flag Day. #iheartamerica #redwhiteandblue #flagday #flag #1777 #🇺🇸 #iheartelportal #theyarethefuture
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14th of June 2018 07:21 AM Link
The U.S. Army was founded on June 14, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year! #army #anniversary #iheartamerica #armywife #colonel #specialforces #medicalofficer #airbourne #infantry #iraqveteran #bronzemedal #publicservants #proud #flagday #🇺🇸 #iheartelportal
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