City Manager Announces New Deputy City Manager, DREAM Director

Published on May 10, 2021

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Miami City Manager Art Noriega announces the appointment of Dr. Nzeribe (Zerry) Ihekwaba as Deputy City Manager and Suzanne S. Hollander as Director of the Department of Real Estate Asset Management (DREAM).

"I'm pleased to promote Assistant City Manager Zerry Ihekwaba to Deputy City Manager and to welcome Suzanne Hollander to the City to lead our real estate management efforts," said Noriega. "Zerry has held leadership roles at the City for more than a decade and his work ethic, integrity and proven track record of success leading various City departments and functions make him the ideal fit for Deputy City Manager. In adding Suzanne to our team, we are getting a dynamic, highly accomplished real estate expert with incredible knowledge of our community, particularly its complex real estate sector."

In his new role, Ihekwaba will execute the City Manager’s directives as required and have responsibility for oversight and coordination of various City departments. He will also continue to oversee the departments of Building, Planning, Zoning, Capital Improvements and Resilience and Public Works and is functionally designated as the City’s Chief of Infrastructure. Ihekwaba has served as Assistant City Manager since May 2014 and as a valued member of the City’s leadership team since 2010. He previously served as the City’s Chief of Operations with charge over the departments of Solid Waste, General Services Administration, Code Compliance, Parks and Recreation, Resilience and Sustainability, Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET), and the Office of Film and Entertainment.

Dr. Ihekwaba earned his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Nigeria in 1985 and his doctorate (Ph.D.) in Structural and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1996. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the States of Florida and Georgia and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and a foundation member of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute. Dr. Ihekwaba is a member of the Cornerstone Class 38 of Leadership Florida, a statewide community of leaders working for a better Florida. 

Suzanne S. Hollander joins the City as Director of the Department of Real Estate Asset Management (DREAM). She is a real estate attorney, professor, speaker, and advisor to real estate investment companies. Ms. Hollander was also appointed by the U.S. Department of State to its Fulbright Specialist Roster as an Expert in Real Estate.

Prior to joining the City of Miami, Ms. Hollander advised private investors and government entities throughout the U.S. and Latin America on urban and regional development/finance, strategies to meet demand for housing and natural resources, and real estate developments’ impact on regional economies. Recognized by South Florida Business and Wealth as a Prestigious Woman in 2021, by Globestreet as a Woman of Influence in Commercial Real Estate in 2019, and by Commercial Real Estate Women Network as Global Impact Award Winner in 2018; Ms Hollander also serves on the Boards of Housing on Merit, RiskFootprint, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), and C.R.E.A.T.E. Wealth Network. Honored for her integrity and commitment to build the Miami real estate industry, Ms. Hollander also is a Professor at Florida International University’s Hollo School of Real Estate teaching real estate law and leading real estate industry events for over 11 years.

Ms. Hollander earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Dartmouth College cum laude and earned her Juris Doctorate degree magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law where she was awarded a full tuition academic scholarship in memory of Soia Mentschikoff, the first woman Dean of the Law School.