Daniella Levine Cava

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Daniella Levine Cava (born September 14, 1955) is a current Miami-Dade County Commissioner representing District 8 and is currently running for Miami-Dade County Mayor.


Cava earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology with honors at Yale University where she served as a member of Student-Council. She then earned her juris doctorate at Columbia University in New York City.[1]

Non-Profit Career[edit]

Cava began her non-profit career as an advocate for Legal Services of Greater Miami  where she represented children with special needs and immigrants. She later served as the legal director for the Guardian ad Litem Program where she represented children in the foster care system.[1] During her time as a lawyer, she served on the Florida Bar Committee on Legal Needs of Children. After Hurricane Andrew, she created a new intake system for abused children cases alongside the Florida Department of Children and Families.[1]

In 1996, she founded Catalyst Miami (previously known as Human Services Coalition) which through service projects and advocacy aided middle income families improve their living standards. At Catalyst Miami, she launched the Prosperity Campaign which helps people increase their income and savings, allowing families to build financial security and thereby growing the local economy. This project, along with many others that Catalyst Miami facilitates has led more than 5,000 people to become self-sufficient every year.[1]

For her non-profit work, Daniella has received numerous awards. Most notably, she received the Most Distinguished Pioneer Award from the National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and the Youth. She was recognized “for being cutting edge, meeting the needs of families and communities through public education, advocacy and dialogue on critical social and economic issues.”[2] She also received the Joanne Hayes Democracy and Mentoring Award from the League of Women Voters “for outstanding and exemplary civic activism, promotion of democracy, and mentoring and encouraging others.”[2]

Political Career[edit]

In 2014, Cava was elected to the Miami Dade Board of County Commissioners, representing District 8. Her district encompasses a large portion of South Miami-Dade County including Cutler Bay, Palmetto Bay, Homestead, and unincorporated areas of Southern Miami-Dade County.[3]. Althoihg Miami Dade county commissioners are elected nonpartisan, Cava is registered a democrat.

Throughout her tenure, she fought to expand the economic opportunities of her constituents, championed the protection of the environment and public parks, and advocat for transit improvements such as by opening bus-only lanes on the 836.

On August 18, 2020, Cava advanced from the primary to the runoff election against fellow Commissioner Steve Bovo. She received 120,089 votes.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "About Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava". www.miamidade.gov. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "About Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava - Awards & Certificates". www.miamidade.gov. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  3. "Meet Daniella | Daniella Levine Cava for Mayor". Daniella Levine Caba for Mayor. 2019-03-28. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  4. "Summary Results - Election Night Reporting". enr.electionsfl.org. Retrieved 2020-09-03.

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