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Community Relations Board

The primary mission of the Community Relations Board is to intervene and contain community tensions, as quickly as possible.

The secondary mission of the Community Relations Board is:

  • To work proactively to identify and relieve intergroup conflicts before crises arise
  • To develop bridges of understanding and support programs in the community
  • To foster understanding, communication, and mutual respect
  • To develop and support local or city based Community Relations Boards throughout the county
  • To assure that resources are in place to respond to community crisis
  • History

    "Given the tremendous cultural diversity that exists in our County and the community tensions that arise from time to time, it is in all our best interests to have a respected diverse group of prominent community leaders with the authority to act independently to address issues impacting on intergroup relations and to assist in their resolution,' - Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, July 2000.

    Since 1963, the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board (CRB) has worked to foster mutual understanding, tolerance and respect among all economic, social, religious and ethnic groups in the county. CRB members today must possess the same level of community pride, interest, integrity, responsibility and commitment to intergroup relations as those who served so well in the past.

    The CRB serves an advisor to the Mayor, Board of County Commissioners and the County administration on issues impacting intergroup relations. The thirty members are prominent community leaders who work to bring together diverse population groups and interests to create a cohesive community where all people are valued and respected.

  • Boards and Minutes

    List of the Community Relations Board agendas and minutes available for viewing.

  • Board Members

    The members of the Community Relations Board must demonstrate documented commitment to intergroup relations and:

    • Be appointed by each of the respective County Commissioners.
    • Be one of thirteen at-large members appointed by an ad-hoc nominating committee designated by the CRB.
    • Hold the chairmanship of the Asian-American Advisory Board, the Black Affairs Advisory Board, the Commission for Women or the Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board.
    CRB Officers
    • Edward Shohat, Chair
    • Brenda Betancourt, Vice-Chair
    • John Quick, First Vice-Chair
    • Ronald Fulton, Secretary
    General Membership
    • Marjorie Alonie
    • Carol Brick-Turin
    • Ronald Fulton
    • Melissa Garcia
    • Eddie Gervais
    • Alphonso Jackson
    • John Quick
    • Gabriel Paez
    • Solomon Schiff
    • Edward Shohat
    • Marjorie York
    • Jessica Sinkfield
    • Major Ervens Ford
    • Mohammad Shakir
    • Jean Tong-Noon
    • Shawn Khosravi
    • Brenda Betancourt
    • Sergio Messa
    • Natasha Colebrook-Williams
    • Francis Francois
    • Gus Barreiro

    Board Staff:

    Shirley Plantin, Program Officer 2
    Community Relations Board
    111 NW 1st Street, Suite 1034
    Stephen P. Clark Center
    Miami, Florida 33128

    Phone: 305-375-1406
    Fax: 305-375-5715

  • Committees

    Executive Committee: John Quick, Esq., Chair

    Nominating Committee: Gabriel Paez, Chair and John Quick, Vice-Chair

    Recommends to the CRB and to the Board of County Commissioners qualified individuals for appointment to the CRB.

    Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Committee: Major Ervens Ford & Jessica Sinkfield, Esq., Co-Chairs
    Brings together criminal justice professionals and community leaders of good will to establish an agenda for enhanced relations.

    Quality of Life Committee: Jean Tong-Noon

  • Volunteer

    The office of Community Advocacy is looking for volunteers to serve as liaison between the Advisory Boards and the Miami-Dade County community at large.


    All volunteer members must be permanent residents of Miami-Dade County. In addition, members should have demonstrated an interest in the field, activity or sphere covered by the board.

    The primary consideration in appointing volunteer members is to provide the board with the needed technical, professional, financial, business or administrative expertise.

    Please note: all volunteers must pass a background check, provided by Miami-Dade County.

    Duties & Responsibilities

    To foster mutual understanding, tolerance, and respect among all economic, social, religious and ethnic groups in the County.

    • To act as conciliator in controversies involving community relations.

    For more information, please read the Community Relations Advisory Board Code of Ordinance 

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Community Relations Board
Shirley Plantin

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128
305-375-5730 | Shirley Plantin305-375-5730 | Shirley Plantin

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