Mark Samuelian’s roots in South Florida and Miami Beach run deep. His grandfather lived in Coral Gables and Mark’s love for the area started in early childhood. A homeowner in Miami Beach since 2003, he enjoys the richness and diversity of its residents and neighborhoods. Mark met Laura Dominguez, his life partner, in 2012 and they live on the Venetian Islands.
This passion for his community allowed him to be elected to the Miami Beach City Commission in November 2017 with overwhelming resident support. He received 68% of the votes cast and won the majority of votes in all 24 precincts. In 2021, he was re-elected to office without opposition.
As one of 7 elected officials for the City of Miami Beach, Mark is tasked with setting policy, ensuring the implementation of a responsible and transparent budget, and enhancing community relations. He oversees and initiates programs for the City to enhance the quality of life for its residents, as well as promotes the City to potential businesses, and serves as a representative of the City to its residents. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Finance Committee, which adopts financial policies and oversees a $744MM budget creation and execution. He is also the Chairman of the Land Use and Sustainability Committee responsible for the implementing of land use regulations and sustainability policies including resiliency and sea level rise. Along with his commission aide, they have addressed over 1000 resident inquiries and concerns and passed multiple initiatives to enhance the City’s resiliency, public safety, and resident quality of life.
Mark currently is on the Board of Directors for the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the Board of Governors for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Advisory Board Member of the World Affairs Council of Miami. He is the past President of Miami Beach United, an established city-wide resident advocacy organization. He has served on the Board of the Advisory Council for FLASH: Buyer’s Guide to Resilient Homes, Belle Isle Residents’ Association and the Pets’ Trust Advisory Board. He has both attended and lectured for the Good Government Initiative.
Mark combines the skills of a seasoned business executive with the experience of a proven community leader. A former partner at the professional services firm Accenture, he brings three decades of business and technology expertise to the City Commission. Recruited by former Accenture partners to join Alumni Capital Network, a private equity firm, Mark investigated investment opportunities in the consumer products and retail industry, led due diligence and deal assessment activities and served as Senior Vice President for an operating company.
Mark is also a Co-founder of Capital Plus Partners, a residential real estate business that has completed dozens of investments in Pennsylvania and also provides housing solutions for low/moderate income individuals. Additionally, he is a Private Financial Investor engaging in small angel investments, as well as real estate investments, stocks and financial markets.
Mark was born in Boston, MA, where his grandparents settled after immigrating to the United States. He attended public schools and was the first in his family to earn a college degree. Mark learned much from his mother and father – a hardworking small business owner who worked tirelessly for 50 years. His parents approached every day with enthusiasm, a desire for excellence and a selfless dedication to providing a better set of opportunities for the next generation. Mark carries these qualities of commitment and passion to all his work.
Mark holds an engineering degree graduating cum laude from Georgia Tech, as well as an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Mark is a graduate of the Miami Beach Leadership Academy. As a former national chess master, he also actively sponsors scholastic chess across Miami Beach schools.