Daisy Black was elected Mayor of the Village of El Portal on November 2, 2010. This was not her first time being Mayor. She previously served as Mayor in the late 1990s and early 2000. She served on the El Portal Council for twelve years. She was the first African American Mayor to serve on the Village of El Portal Council. Ms. Black returned to the El Portal Council in 2008 as a Councilmember and was elected Mayor in 2010.
Mayor Black was born and educated in Miami, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University and a Masters Degree in Public Management and Human Resource Management from St. Thomas University.
Mayor Black retired after twenty-five years from the City of Miami. She was the first African American Communications Supervisor for the City of Miami Police and Fire Departments and after ten years transferred to the Police Department’s Community Relations section where she worked as a Community Involvement Specialist, targeting quality of life issues in Miami Dade County. This piqued her interest in politics and community service.
While working as a Community Involvement Specialist, Daisy created programs for youth, seniors and other citizens living and working in Miami Dade County. She was a well-respected liaison between the Miami citizens and local city and county governments.
Mayor Black has served on many committees and boards in Miami Dade County. She recently ended a seven-year term on the Governing Board of North Shore Medical Center. She also served on the Homeless Trust, Miam iDade Juvenile Justice Commission, Miami Dade Criminal Justice Council, Trustee Board of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, and other boards throughout Miami Dade County.
Ms. Black was president of the Miami Dade PLATO Parliamentary Law Unit, a member of the Florida State Association of Parliamentarians, First Vice President of the Miami Dade League of Cities and while Mayor of El Portal was honored by the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida League of Cities.
Mayor Daisy Black believes prayer, compassion and commitment are the keys to succeeding in life. She enjoys writing poetry, reading and community activism.