About Acting Chairwoman/ Vice Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa
Rebeca Sosa has served on the Miami-Dade County Commission as District 6 commissioner since June 2001. She has been re-elected four times - most recently in 2014 without opposition- to represent the residents of the City of Miami, Coral Gables, West Miami, Hialeah and Miami Springs and the unincorporated communities of Schenley Park, Coral Villas, Red Bird, Coral Terrace, Little Gables and Fontainebleau.
On Nov. 20, 2012, she was elected by her colleagues as Chairwoman of the County Commission where she served a two-year term. During her chairmanship, Commissioner Sosa made it a priority to bring government closer to the people and led the effort to hold a County Commission meeting in South Dade at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. This would be the first, and only instance to date, of Commissioners holding their official meeting outside of County Hall.
The Miami Herald Editorial Board had the following assessment of Commissioner Sosa’s tenure as Chairwoman:
"We give a tip of the hat to Rebeca Sosa, who is ending her stint as chair. She did an excellent job as the commission leader, seeking harmony and bringing decorum and order to board meetings, which in the past had lapsed into late-night imbroglios.
Ms. Sosa led with a firm but friendly hand. She was the epitome of kindness to even the most troublesome public speaker who came in front of the commission. She was never anything but courteous and cognizant that the commission serves at the pleasure of the residents of Miami-Dade. Job well done, Ms. Sosa.
We hope the board will maintain her momentum and work effectively for the welfare and progress of this community — one of the most dynamic in the nation."
As Chairwoman, Commissioner Sosa put environmental concerns at the forefront to tackle the issue of Sea Level Rise. Through her leadership, a Sea Level Rise Taskforce was created and their recommendations were proffered to the Board of County Commissioners for adoption. These recommendations form the foundation for Miami-Dade’s response to Sea Level Rise.
Commissioner Sosa was born in Camaguey, Cuba. She received her Bachelor Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Puerto Rico and a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Saint Thomas University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She holds certifications both in elementary education and as an instructor for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Commissioner Sosa has been an educator for more than 30 years and is currently a teacher-trainer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Prior to joining Miami-Dade County, Commissioner Sosa served as mayor of the City of West Miami from 1994 to 2001 where her leadership resulted in the city's recovery from a 52 percent budget deficit, thus removing it from the Governor's Emergency List. During her tenure, she was able to secure more than $5 million in grants for the City for capital improvement projects as well as improvements to its drainage and parks systems.
Sadly, Commissioner Sosa lost her beloved husband Armando Sosa in 2017 after a difficult a battle with cancer. She is the proud mother of Armando, Jr. and Veronica, and grandmother to Alexander and Giuiliana.