2020 Miami Gardens Mayoral Candidate Lavern Deer, was born in Kingston, Jamaica and migrated to Nassau, Bahamas at the age of 9. Several years later, she moved to South Florida. Lavern obtained a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.
As a 30 year resident of the City of Miami Gardens, she is also a mother and caretaker for her elderly mom. Combined, this has all prepared her to fight against the adversity of the various challenges that the City of Miami Gardens faces. Lavern consistently succeeds in finding opportunity for local residents, such as the elderly, union workers, women and youth.
Campaign Manager - Managed the victorious 2010 Broward County Commissioner campaign, for the now Broward County Mayor, Dale V. C. Holness, promoted to Chief Administrative Aide.
Currently, Senior Program Projects Coordinator for the Broward County Human Services Department. Successful implementation of strategic plans focused on policy & procedure, procurement, budget development, performance improvement & efficiency and community development.
Currently, an Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate and Founder/CEO for the 501c3 non-profit organization Female Development World Organization Inc. (FDWO).
Pediatric Associates, Clinical Manager. Managed one of the largest pediatric offices in Florida.
Implemented the first West Indies Cricket Team playing in the United States.
Architected the Reggae Girlz Awareness Campaign, encouraging youth development and facilitated the Jamaica National Women Soccer Team to become the first Caribbean Nation to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Cofounder of Jamaica High school Alumni Sporting Network
FDWO and Lavern worked with Florida Legislators in proposing a Human Trafficking Education as a result a policy was adopted by the Department of Education making Florida the first state to teach Human Trafficking education in schools.
Various political leaders can attest to Lavern’s ability to successfully fill the seat of Miami Garden’s Mayor. City of North Miami Commissioner, Paule Villard endorses Lavern through sharing the following sentiments “Lavern is a true leader, a person with conviction and resilience. As the next Mayor of Miami Gardens, I can see how she will bring the changes that are so long needed in this municipality. As an elected official, I trust that she will make Miami Gardens a better place for all its residents to live work and play, a place where others will feel safer going to, knowing that their leader cares. The constituents should make the choice and vote Lavern in office”. In addition, Former Florida State Senator Maria Sachs shares “Lavern will be the best mayor in the history of the city”.
Like other great women of Miami, such as Mayor Shirley Gibson and M. Athalie Range, who rose to the occasion and represented their constituents well, Lavern Deer is honorable enough to represent, strong enough to fight, smart enough to lead and kind enough to care. She’s your very own, someone who has lived and breathed the dreams of Miami Gardens.