Kristen Rosen Gonzalez is a proud single mother raising her children on Miami Beach. Immediately following her undergraduate career at Tufts University in Boston, MA where she studied both French and Spanish Literature, she moved back home to Miami Beach, FL, her hometown, worked as an internet journalist, and started a family. While raising her young children, she went back to school part-time and earned a Master’s Degree in Communication at Barry University in 2006.
Kristen is grateful for her education because when she got divorced, she was immediately able to find a job as an English Teacher at Miami Central, an inner-city high school and one of the most challenged schools in the Miami Dade County School District. This experience allowed Kristen to develop an in-depth understanding of the county’s K-12 educational system, and after one-year she was hired as a full-time faculty member at Miami Dade College, the nation’s largest community college.
For the past eight years at the college, Professor Rosen Gonzalez has served on Miami Dade College’s Legislative Advocacy Committee and lobbied in Tallahassee, the Theodore Gibson Oratorical Competition Board, a speech contest in conjunction with Miami Dade County Public Schools exploring the Black Diaspora, and Co-Chaired the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation Undergraduate Pathway’s Program to create clear and defined routes to earning student degrees.
In 2015, Kristen ran for the Miami Beach City Commission, donning on a backpack, and walking the city, winning in a competitive runoff competition with 59% of the vote and 10% of her opponent’s resources, proving that money doesn’t always determine local municipal elections. As a Commissioner of the City of Miami Beach, Kristen prides herself on being the “People’s Commissioner” and dedicates herself to fair government that favors everyone.
Kristen recently finished her PhD in "Leadership in Higher Education Administration" n at Barry University, where she focused her research on local workforce baccalaureate degrees conferred by community colleges. She hopes this research will Inform community college 4-year workforce degrees.
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