Elsa I. Jaramillo-Velez has been working in the public sector for almost 20 years. Currently, Mrs. Jaramillo-Velez is the Director of Human Resources and Risk Management at the City of North Miami Beach. Prior to joining the City of North Miami Beach, she served for nearly 7 years as the Director of Human Resources at the City of Coral Gables. Mrs. Jaramillo-Velez also worked at the City of Miami as the Interim Director/Deputy Director in the Department of Employee Relations. While at the City of Miami (serving over 10 years), Mrs. Jaramillo-Velez also served as an Assistant City Attorney in the City Attorney’s Office assigned to the Employment & Land Use Divisions.
In her capacity as a Human Resources professional, she works closely with the City Manager regarding all aspects of labor and employment/personnel matters. She has served as the City’s representative before the Civil Service Board and before arbitrators handling employment disciplines and grievances. She has also served an counsel for various boards/committees, including the Coral Gables Retirement/Pension Board and the City of Miami Coconut Grove Business Improvement Committee, the Historic Environmental Preservation Board, the Plat & Street Committee and the Urban Development & Review Board.
Mrs. Jaramillo-Velez has a law degree from the University of Florida, College of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida International University. She is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar. As an adjunct professor at FIU, she teaches Human Resources Management & Policy in the MPA Program as well as Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector in the EMPA Program. Mrs. Jaramillo-Velez is a member of the Miami Dade County ICMA and serves as a member of the FIU MPA Advisory Board.