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About Ariel

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

I have had the privilege of serving in numerous leadership roles in our community. In the City, I was appointed by Vice Mayor William Kerdyk, Jr. and served on the Coral Gables Emergency Management Division Board.

I presently sit on the Board of Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency (LAORA), a Division of the Daughtry Family department of Surgery at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. As stated on our website, LAORA “is one of the nation’s 58 federally designated organ recovery agencies certified and regulated by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).”

Principal For The Day PictureDuring the past year, I have had the honor of working with the Gables Hispanic Cultural Foundation, working to promote the arts in the Coral Gables and assisting in the organization of our yearly October festival on Biltmore Way.

I am currently the Communications Director of the Spanish American League Against Discrimination (SALAD). SALAD has worked for 40 years in South Florida working to address issues of discrimination in areas such as the workplace and education.

I am also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of RAMZ Academy. RAMZ Academy is an inner city Charter Elementary School, which serves over 225 students. We are focused on improving the education of these children and providing them with opportunities for personal growth.

In addition, I have coordinated food drives, beach cleanups, park cleanups, and other community service projects that have benefited thousands in our community.

During the past few years, I have also served as an analyst discussing local issues on numerous radio and television programs.

Meeting SabinaI have also had the privilege of meeting with hundreds of residents in the past few months to discuss the issues affecting us in the City. These discussions have lead me to work with City staff to address some of these issues and find solutions for residents, such as: repairing broken sidewalks, filling trash pits, addressing concerns regarding tree succession, working with residents to address the rising number of crime, and standing with residents to ensure that City code is upheld when it comes to protected tree species.

EDUCATION

My parents always taught me the importance of giving back to the community.

I graduated from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in 1999, where my desire to be an active participant in our community grew. I went on to obtain a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in International Relations from Florida International University.

DSCN0540During my senior year of High School, I began an internship at Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s office. At the completion of my internship, I was given the opportunity to become a staff member, and I worked for the Congresswoman for over 11 years. During this time, I was able to work with many Coral Gables residents on issues relating to the Federal government. My responsibilities included handling a wide range of issues including healthcare, education, and disaster relief efforts, as well as serving as her liaison to the State and local governments.

PERSONAL

I am presently the President of The American Strategies Group, a Public Relations and Marketing Firm in Coral Gables. I am married to my beautiful wife, Monica Segura, a University of Miami undergraduate and Law School graduate. We are parishioners at the Church of the Little Flower. We are looking forward to a lifetime in the City Beautiful, and raising our family in Coral Gables.

MEMBERSHIPS

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Alumni Association
Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
Church Of The Little Flower
Florida International University Alumni Association
Gables Good Government Committee
Gables Hispanic Cultural Foundation
Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables
Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency
Spanish American League Against Discrimination

Political advertisement paid for and approved by Ariel Fernandez for Coral Gables City Commission.