Rickelle WilliamsAssistant City Manager
Areas of Responsibility
- Economic Development
- Housing & Community Affairs
- Transportation & Mobility
Rickelle Williams is an economic development professional and strategic thinker with expertise in business attraction and expansion, community redevelopment, planning, real estate development and financing, affordable and workforce housing and removing barriers to investment and growth.
Ms. Williams joined the City of Miami Beach in September 2020 and leads and facilitates the strategic planning and development of initiatives, policies, and programs that attract and retain businesses and entrepreneurs in the greatest coastal city in the United States. She is responsible for transforming and strengthening Miami Beach’s commercial character, promoting community development, growing the pool of quality talent, and serving as a critical resource to local and regional businesses.
Ms. Williams is focused on economic growth and diversification including, but not limited to, managing two community redevelopment agencies (CRAs), overseeing and implementing planning studies, such as the Land Use, Mobility and Economic Development Study of the Mixed-Use Entertainment District (Art Deco Cultural District); public private partnerships (P3); and serving as a catalyst for economic investment and real estate development. She is responsible for creating the Job Creation Incentive Program and an Expedited Plan Review and Permitting Program for targeted industries, spearheading three COVID-19 small business recovery business grant programs, negotiating a workforce housing development and lease agreement, leading the development of Class A office space and mixed-use office development on city-owned land; and facilitating streetscape planning for commercial corridors. In addition, Ms. Williams leads business attraction and development, including representing Miami Beach at conferences and working closely with business leaders/owners/executives to provide technical and financial assistance and resolve company, commercial and industry related issues.
Prior to her move to Miami Beach, Ms. Williams served as Executive Director at the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Ms. Williams managed programs and initiatives that work to nurture an innovative and inclusive economy, including marketing a successful mixed-use development with over 1 million square feet of retail/restaurants, an affordable housing program to facilitate infill housing development, and down-payment assistance for low-to-moderate income households. Ms. Williams facilitated development of a job creation incentive package for a major corporate relocation and secured grant funding in support of a 300-unit market rate residential development. She has developed and implemented a rebranding initiative, led a multitude of successful economic development programs that produced jobs and supported businesses by leveraging commercial and residential improvement initiatives, workforce training, arts and cultural events, and capital projects.
Rickelle holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and graduate certificate, in Community Development, from Florida International University (FIU) and a Master of Arts (MA) in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. She is certified as a Project Management Professional, LEED Accredited Professional and Florida Redevelopment Association Redevelopment Administrator. Rickelle is a proud Miami-Dade County resident and enjoys spending time with family and friends.