BIO: Mayor Lori C. Moseley was born in Brookline, MA, but spent her childhood in Merrick, Long Island, NY. Her parents, Albert and Edna Cohen, deceased, were longtime residents of Hollybrook. She has two sisters, Paula and Debra and one brother, Jerry. Lori and Kenneth, who have lived in Broward County since 1978, have two children, Alexis and Jonathan.
Mayor Moseley’s love of politics came naturally, as her parents were lifelong Democrats and members of the Pembroke Pines Democratic Club. Mayor Moseley has been a Board Member of the Broward County Democratic Club for many years, as well as a member of its Executive Committee. Other organization affiliations include Board of Directors of the League of Cities and the Miramar/Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce (MPCC.) She was also a recipient of the prestigious MPCC Lifetime Achievement & Community Leader Pinnacle Award.
When her children reached school age, Mayor Moseley was there volunteering and assisting in the classroom. Good education has always been a priority in the Moseley home. Wanting to act on her desire to work with and improve the education system, she was elected Advisory Chairperson at Fairway Elementary School and eventually became the South Area Advisory Chairperson. In recognition of her efforts, she was awarded the coveted Crystal Apple Award for her commitment to the children of the community. Today, Mayor Moseley continues to volunteer at the Miramar schools by participating in Career Days, monthly readings to elementary students, and sponsoring the yearly Mayor’s Cup between Miramar and Everglades High Schools.
Mayor Moseley’s long history of civic involvement that began as a school volunteer continues to this day. She has been an elected official since 1995 where she served as City Commissioner from 1995 to 1999; in 1999, she was elected Mayor of the City of Miramar. Since her first day in office, Mayor Moseley has been working to improve the City’s image, to be a strong education advocate and to be the voice for the City.
Some of Mayor Moseley’s priorities include economic development and redevelopment, as well as improving educational facilities, parks and recreational facilities for residents. Mayor Moseley also worked closely with Memorial Hospital for their planned move to Miramar to insure neighborhood compatibility and improved healthcare programs for the residents. In order to continue moving Miramar into the 21st century, Mayor Moseley’s focus has spread to providing additional services through enhanced technology, centralizing communications, improved and expanded roadway systems, expansion for mass transit and providing three strategically located community centers.
Mayor Moseley is also keenly aware that Miramar’s diversity is its strength. According to the 2010 Census, Miramar is one of the most culturally diverse communities in the nation. Miramar prides itself on being able to tap into the rich culture of all ethnicities to provide a tapestry of culture for all to enjoy.
The City is not only ethnically and culturally diverse, but also economically diverse. During Mayor Moseley’s term, the City of Miramar has grown from 40,000 to over 122,982 residents. Under the Mayor’s governance, the City of Miramar has become home to many Fortune 500 companies. The Miramar Park of Commerce is one of the largest corporate parks in Broward County, with nearly five million square feet of office/service, laboratory, light manufacturing and distribution space. The world class park is home to thousands of employees from more than 160 national and international companies including American Express, FedEx, Nissan, Toyota, Siemens, KONE, Pepperidge Farm, Panera Bread, XPEDX, Starwood Suites, Spirit Airlines, Blue Bell Creamery, T-Mobile, Tropical Financial Credit Union , JL Audio, OPKO Health, GE Healthcare, Quest Diagnostics, Vitas Healthcare, and Memorial Hospital, among others.
Under Mayor Moseley’s leadership, the City of Miramar created a vision by working with the residents and all sectors of the community through partnerships and shared communication. The City’s accomplishment was validated by its inclusion in the 2006 and 2008 Money Magazine’s Top 100 Places to Live.
Mayor Moseley has a long standing participation in numerous boards, such as the US Conference of Mayors (USCM): Chair of the Women Mayors’ Caucus and member of the Community Development & Housing Committee, the Children’s Health & Human Services Committee and the USCM Advisory Board; The National League of Cities: a member of the Information & Technology Committee; The Florida League of Mayors: President and Charter member of the Board of Directors; Florida League of Cities: member of the Board of Directors, the Growth Management Committee, the Legislative Advocacy, Executive, Nominating and Governance Committees; Broward League of Cities (BLOC): past President, member of the Board of Directors, Vice Chairperson of the Advocacy Committee, former Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, former Vice-Chairperson of the Growth Management Committee, former member of the Education and Scholarship Committees; Broward County boards: appointed by BLOC as an Officer of the Broward County Housing Council, Chairperson of the Charter Review Committee and member of the Resource Recovery Board, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the County School Board Oversight Committee, the Broward School Board Superintendent Review Panel.
LETTER TO RESIDENTS:
Dear Miramar Residents: For many years I have lived, worked, raised a family and have been your Mayor in Miramar. During this time I have had the unique perspective of watching our City grow through many phases. In fact, according to the U.S. Census, Miramar grew by a greater percentage than any other South Florida community. And much like a child growing into adulthood, I am in awe of how well our City has developed and prospered as a result of making sound budgetary decisions with a pragmatic approach to growth. We knew that these types of actions were necessary for each phase of growth in order for the next phase to build successfully upon it.
We, like many other cities, will continually face new rules, new economic circumstances, and a world that is ever changing. In essence we all now are working in a “new normal” environment, one where we must constantly adapt. But unlike other cities, our great diversity is the strength that allows us to adapt.
It unites us all, for a better quality of life, and a better tomorrow. Our diversity has made our City a shining example of how people can come together, work toward a common goal, and provide a variety of perspectives for dealing with issues. It is this team effort that has brought us to where we are today. It will especially be important during the next few months as we attempt to balance our budget.
Lori C. Moseley, Mayor