Since her 1998 election to the Miami-Dade County School Board, Marta Pérez, Ph.D., has distinguished herself as a champion for ethical and accountable government, narrowing the achievement gap between disadvantaged and more advantaged students, and preparing children of all backgrounds to start their school careers on an equal footing. A graduate of Riverside Elementary, Citrus Grove Junior High and Miami Senior High schools, Dr. Pérez is a product of the school system she now helps lead.
First elected to public office in 1996 as a community councilwoman for Miami-Dade County’s Area 10, Dr. Pérez served as the council’s first chair. Two years later, voters in Miami-Dade County School Board’s District 8 – which includes parts of Coral Gables, West Miami, Westchester, Sweetwater and West Kendall – chose her to represent them. In 2002, she ran unopposed for her seat on the board and was re-elected to a four-year term. In 2006, 2010, 2014 and lastly in 2018, she was again elected to additional four-year terms, thanks to the continuous support of her constituents. Dr. Pérez is especially proud of having led the school board to adopt stronger ethics and accountability measures, including the establishment of an inspector general position and ethics commission, both dedicated to Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
She served as president of the South Florida Consortium of School Boards and co-chair of the Working Group on Public Schools Overcrowding Relief, and was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the South Florida Regional Planning Council. She was subsequently reappointed by Governor Charlie Crist, and has served on the executive board of this prestigious council. She was recently appointed to Barry University’s Educational Leadership Department Advisory Board and serves on the Actors’ Playhouse Board of Directors.
Above all, Dr. Pérez is the proud mother of Virginia and Rene, and devoted grandmother to Valentina and Rene, Jr.
Term: Serves as long as designated by the chair of Miami-Dade Public Schools.