CHAIR OF THE BOARD:
Ariel Trueba - Chief Executive Officer, Trueba Consulting
Appointed by District 4
Ariel Trueba is a passionate community advocate with a strong background in governmental affairs and public service. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Trueba Consulting while also assisting with community outreach efforts at Urban Health Partnerships. Ariel was born and raised in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, and he is a proud graduate of Florida State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Business Management with an Emergency Management Certificate.
His experience includes working with Mayor Francis X. Suarez and the Department of Human Services & Economic Initiatives. Ariel's community service endeavors include serving as the Chairman of the Miami Dade County LGBTQ+ Advisory Board while most recently becoming an alumnus of Leadership Miami Class 45 of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. He is also an active member of the American Association of Political Consultants and the National Emergency Management Association.
VICE-CHAIR OF THE BOARD:
Nicole Alvarez - Law Offices of Nicole Alvarez PA
Appointed by Mayor Francis Suarez
As a lifelong Miami, Florida resident, Nicole Alvarez has been an attorney for over 17 years . She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Florida and then went on to graduate from Stetson University’s College of Law in 2005. She immediately went on to be a prosecutor for the Broward State Attorney’s Office where she tried over 50 jury trials in the first chair with numerous misdemeanors, differing degrees of felonies and also capital sex battery cases. In the last three years with that office, she was a sex crimes prosecutor.
Nicole then moved on to a private practice. After ten years of practicing law and confident with her experience as an attorney, Nicole decided to open her very own practice which specializes in criminal defense, family and immigration. With all her expertise in legal matters she believed in running a practice with the right values for any type of legal representation. Outside of her career, Nicole enjoys giving back to the community and helping others. She is the Co-Chair of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association as well as on the executive board of Miami Beach Gay Pride and the board of the City of Miami LGBTQ Advisory Board.
Appointed by District 1
CITY OF MIAMI POLICE DEPARTMENT LGBTQ+ LIAISON
Officer Vanessa Gonzalez - LGBTQ+ Liaison Officer (Citywide)
Officer Vanessa Gonzalez has been with the City of Miami for 6.5 years. She is the first full-time LGBTQ+ Liaison Officer for the City of Miami Police Department. Her goal is to break barriers and rebuild trust within the LGBTQ+ Community through trainings and education. Officer Gonzalez is also the Vice Chair for South Florida Law Enforcement LGBTQ+ Coalition as a representation for the Miami Police Department.
When not at work she is happily married to her lovely wife Lisa. She is also a proud mother to her three teenagers: Oliver, Anthony and Kailyn. With the continued support from the City of Miami, she feels she is able to accomplish her goals to help all residents, visitors and business owners feel safe to live, play and work in our communities.
CITY OF MIAMI LGBTQ+ ADVISORY BOARD LIAISON
Michael Roman - Community Partnerships Manager
Department of Human Services
Michael Roman plays an important role in managing projects and creating strategies that have resulted in innovative approaches to community development projects that promote social change and healthier neighborhoods. Currently, Michael’s work involves overseeing various departmental programs and initiatives. Actively working with community-based organizations, companies, boards, committees, and residents, he builds relationships that are essential to change. Michael previously managed Live Healthy Little Havana, a $3.7 million collective impact, results-based community initiative addressing health disparities and social determinants of health while empowering residents to advocate for a healthier and thriving community. He is also a Maven Leadership Collective Alumni and Coach. Maven Leadership Collective is an organization that invests in creative social impact leaders who are queer and trans people of color and allies.
Michael was born and raised in the City of Miami, and he has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Florida International University. He has worked in full-service communications agencies specializing in various aspects of public health, business development, and community engagement. Also, he has worked directly with principal executives while supporting the overall needs and goals of each organization. Michael’s experience in various markets and cross-marketing clients ensure maximum organization power and success.
Michael currently lives with his partner Jeff, four dogs and kinkajou. He loves to dine out locally and travel as often as possible.
ASSIGNED CITY ATTORNEY
Bryan Capdevila - Senior Assistant City Attorney