Commissioner Jeffrey Watson, District 5

District 5

Commissioner Jeffrey Watson is the appointed official for District 5.

  • Telephone(305) 250-5390

dsc024441.JPG Miami native Jeffrey Watson is a passionate leader on a mission to foster economic inclusion, build capacity,  and elevate community status for enhanced outcomes and  quality of life.  He has over 30 years’ experience in finance, development and urban economic development. 

Commissioner Watson speaks at a tree lighting ceremony in Liberty City.

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Commissioner Watson honors community leaders during Women's History Month.

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Commissioner Watson hands out holiday gifts to children in front of City Hall.

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Commissioner Watson joins Mayor Suarez to highlight the importance of vaccination among our most at-risk communities.

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Commissioner Watson hosts mobile vaccination sites at senior homes across District 5 to expand vaccine access.

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Miami native Jeffrey Watson is a passionate leader on a mission to foster economic inclusion, build capacity,  and elevate community status for enhanced outcomes and  quality of life.  He has over 30 years’ experience in finance, development and urban economic development.  His passion for community can be traced back to his strong educational foundation and significant public service in both Overtown and Liberty City, where he spent his formative years.  A graduate of Florida State University with a B.S. in Accounting and Finance, Mr. Watson has had extensive experience in developing strategic and long-term initiatives for both local and National governments.  His greatest priority is bridging the gap between economic opportunity and sustainability for neighborhoods across the U.S.   This work has also taken him abroad as counsel to the governments and leaders in China, Brazil, South Africa, and Kenya to name a few.

 Mr. Watson founded J. Watson & Company (JWC) through which he has counseled both US and International leaders and municipalities on innovative approaches to community revitalization and development.  This integrates his most current venture in the field of renewable energy development and the  founding of Solairgen Energy, a renewable energy start-up venture.  Prior to founding JWC, Mr. Watson was Vice President for Government Relations at the Jefferson Group, a Washington, DC based consulting firm, where he formulated strategies for public and non-profit entities seeking to obtain federal financial assistance. 

 His National public career includes serving as Interim Assistant and Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs in the White House for President William Jefferson Clinton. In addition, Mr. Watson served as a Director of the Presidential Transition team and in various states as a State Field Director; and ultimately, the Deputy National Field Director of the Clinton/Gore Presidential campaign. Prior to his service in Washington, DC, he was the Chief Financial Officer of the City of Miami Department of Housing and Development and, Chief of Staff to City of Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez. His primary experience stems from serving as Accountant and Internal auditor at both Coopers & Lybrand, and Arthur Anderson & Co.

 He has served as member of the Board of Directors of RENEX Corporation, (a publicly traded dialysis company for ESRD patients),  Vice Chair of Miami Dade County Housing and Finance Authority and, Board of Director member of the Institute of Caribbean Studies.  Mr. Watson was selected as U.S. Fellow for the American Council of Young Political Leaders in a Political Leaders Exchange to the Peoples Republic of China in 1988 and 1994, as well as for Argentina, Brazil and Chile in 2000.  He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Support Network, Inc. – New York City, and the African American Achievers Award from JM Family Enterprise in Florida.

Mr. Watson met his wife Carmen Ramos-Watson thanks to Mayor Xavier Suarez and together they have two children – Alejandro (29) a film maker and moving image artist and Ariel (25) a basketball player and entrepreneur in fashion.  Mr. Watson is an avid Miami sports fanatic, interested about the world and culture and a good cigar.  In his spare time keeps learning new ways to develop his capacity to best serve and continue showing love to his City of Miami.   

Natalya Sangster
District Administrator
nsangster@miamigov.com
For meeting requests, please submit to nsangster@miamigov.com

Santiana Lewis
Community Coordinator
slewis@miamigov.com
For protocol requests, please Make a Protocol Request - D5

Patrick Barham
Community Liaison
PBarham@miamigov.com

 

 

 

Upper East Side
6599 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
Phone: 305-960-5118

Model City
1000 NW 62nd St
Miami, FL 33150
Phone: 305-960-2990

Little Haiti
6301 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33138
Phone: 305-960-4660 

Wynwood/Edgewater
101 NW 34th St
Miami, FL 33127
Phone: 305-960-2904

Overtown
1490 NW 3 Avenue, Suite 112-B
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-372-4553

Below, please find a list of the parks in D5. Or, view The City's full park directory

Lummus Park
360 NW 3 St
Miami 33128

Theodore Gibson Park
350 NW 13 St
Miami 33136

Athalie Range Park
525 NW 62 St
Miami 33150

Roberto Clemente Park
101 NW 34 St
Miami 33127

Moore Park/Ashe-Buchholz Tennis Center
765 NW 36 St
Miami 33127 

Charles Hadley Park
1350 NW 50 St
Miami 33142

African Square Park
1466 NW 62 St
Miami 33147

Little Haiti Soccer Park
6301 NE 2 Ave
Miami 33138

Legion Memorial Park
6447 NE 7 Ave
Miami 33138

FIRE STATION #2
1901 N Miami Ave
Miami 33136
Phone: 305-569-3902 

FIRE STATION #6
701 NW 36th St
Miami 33127
Phone: 305-569-3906

FIRE STATION #9
69 NE 62nd St
Miami 33138
Phone: 305-569-3909

FIRE STATION #12
1455 NW 46th St
Miami 33142

FIRE STATION #13
990 NE 79 St
Miami 33138
Phone: 305-569-3913

Below, you'll find the libraries located in D5. You can view more information on the Miami-Dade County Public Library website. 

Lemon City
430 NE 61 St
Miami 33137
Phone: 305-757-0662

Culmer Overtown
350 NW 13 St
Miami 33136
Phone: 305-579-5322

Model City
2211 NW 54 St
Miami 33142

Edison Center
531 NW 62 St
Miami 33150
Phone: 305-757-0668

Little River
160 NE 79 St
Miami 33138
Phone: 305-751-8689