Respected for his hard work, energy and determination, Ralph Rosado is a candidate for Miami City Commission – District 4.
Ralph was born in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood in 1972 to Cuban-born parents that fled Castro’s regime, seeking a better life for themselves and their future children in the United States. His parents Rafael and Elena settled in Little Havana and for many years worked odd jobs to make ends meet. Rafael drove a dump truck, while Elena worked the cash register at a local pharmacy on Flagler Street. Ralph and his brother Emil grew up in a humble two-room duplex in the city.
Ralph attended Kensington Park Elementary School and eventually Belen Jesuit Preparatory High School. He attended Florida International University (FIU) for one semester before his family’s financial challenges forced him to withdraw from college. Ralph worked as a deli clerk at a Publix Supermarket for close to two years, eventually saving enough money to pay for his college education. A shy student during much of his earlier education, Ralph made it a point to break out of his shell during college. He ultimately served as President of the largest community service club on campus, Vice President of Student Government, Vice President of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and Student Assistant to the University President. Selected FIU’s Graduating Senior of the Year for 1996, Ralph graduated cum laude from the university’s Honors Program and was inducted into six honor societies.
Ralph went on to obtain, with a full scholarship, a Masters in Public Affairs & Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, the world’s preeminent public policy institution. While at Princeton, he served as President of the Graduate Student Government for Public Policy and served as a White House intern, helping the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to streamline government regulations and help bring the American dream of homeownership within reach of countless families. He went on to complete, with a full scholarship, a PhD in City Planning, with a focus on City Management and Economic Development, from the University of Pennsylvania, the nation’s first Ivy League university.
Ralph is President of Rosado & Associates, an economic development strategy and urban planning consulting firm that advises governments, nonprofits, businesses, and universities locally, across the country, and abroad; a Senior Fellow at the FIU Metropolitan Center; and an instructor in graduate and professional programs at the University of Miami and Florida International University. As an Assistant City Manager or Senior Government Official at three cities, he helped to prepare numerous city budgets and addressed a range of critical issues, including neighborhood flooding, revitalization of distressed communities, providing meals for low-income seniors, and reducing domestic violence.
Professional and civic honors include three statewide awards from the American Planning Association for his professional and civic endeavors; being named a Miami Leader (one of Miami’s Top Nonprofit Executives), by the Miami Foundation, and a Top Latino Leader of Miami, by Latino Leaders Magazine. The Affordable Housing program he co-designed and co-teaches recently won an award for Best Program in the area of Housing & Affordability in Miami-Dade. His work for the City of South Miami helped earn it distinction as one of the top ten cities to live in the US. He recently completed his 3rd Miami Marathon.
Service to His Community
Ralph has served the city as a member of its Homeland Defense/Neighborhood Improvement Bond Oversight Board and by serving on over a dozen local nonprofit boards; he actively assists the Coral Gate Homeowners Association and his home parish, Church of the Little Flower. But he is proudest of serving as Founding President of the Abuelos Foundation, which provides compassion and free home renovation assistance to Miami senior citizens.
Ralph and his wife Mari are college sweethearts, and they married 16 years ago. They have three children – daughter Mia Isabella (age 11) and sons Matias Rafael (age 8) and Marcel Rene (age 6).
Ralph is running to be the next Miami Commissioner for his home district, and he needs your vote.
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