Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez
Kristen is grateful for
her education because when she divorced,
she was immediately able to find a job as an English Teacher at Miami Central,
an inner-city high school and one of the most challenged schools in the Miami
Dade County School District. This experience allowed Kristen to develop an
in-depth understanding of the county’s K-12 educational system, and, after
one-year, she was hired as a full-time faculty member at Miami Dade College,
the nation’s largest community college.
For the past eight years
at the college, (Associate) Professor Rosen Gonzalez has served on Miami Dade
College’s Legislative Advocacy Committee and lobbied in Tallahassee, the
Theodore Gibson Oratorical Competition Board, a speech contest in conjunction
with Miami Dade County Public Schools exploring the Black Diaspora, and
Co-Chaired the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation Undergraduate Pathway’s
Program to create clear and defined routes to earning student degrees.
In 2015, Kristen ran for
the Miami Beach City Commission, donning a backpack, and walking the city,
winning in a competitive runoff competition with 59% of the vote and 10% of her
opponent’s resources, proving that money doesn’t always determine local municipal
As a Commissioner of the
City of Miami Beach, Kristen prides herself on being the “People’s
Commissioner” and dedicates herself to fair government working for an equal
playing field for all.
Kristen is a featured
speaker for Ruth’s List, an organization whose mission is to elect democratic
women across the State of Florida. She also spoke on climate change at the
South Florida Women’s March in January 2017, and has spoken for other
Democratic organizations, including Indivisible Miami, The Miami Dade
Democratic Party and The Miami Dade Progressive Caucus.
is finishing the dissertation phase of her PhD in Leadership in Higher Education
Administration at Barry University, where she is focusing her research on local
workforce baccalaureate degrees conferred by community colleges. She hopes her
current research will provide two-year colleges with best practices to roll out
four-year workforce baccalaureate degrees so that students can graduate from
college with minimal debt and find well-paying jobs in local economies.