Cindy Lerner was elected Mayor of Pinecrest, Florida in November 2008 and subsequently re-elected for a second four year term, without opposition, in 2012. Throughout her eight year term, Mayor Lerner led the Village to being a leader in sustainable practices, and has been a nationally recognized leader on Climate Change policies. She has been invited by the White House to The US - China Climate Leaders Summits in Los Angeles in 2015 and in Beijing in 2016 as a presenter.
She served as the Chair of the National League of Cities’ Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy Steering Committee, in 2015, vice Chair in 2014, and on the NLC National Board, on the NLC Presidential Election Task Force and is currently Vice Chair of the 21st Century Schools Bond Advisory Committee of Miami-Dade’s public schools, the National Board Chair of Democratic Municipal Officials, serves on the Advisory Council for the CLEO Institute, is the Founding President of Miami Palmetto Senior High Alumni Association, and a Board Member of the Pace Center for Girls in Miami Dade County.
She is a Past President of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities, served on the Miami-Dade County Community Based Care Alliance. She is the recipient of numerous awards including:
- 2009 Woman of Impact Award, Women’s History Coalition
- 2010 Leadership in Government Award, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
- 2011 Democratic Municipal Official of the Year
- 2014 Municipal Elected Official of the Year Award, USGBC S FL Chapter
- 2015 Outstanding Municipal officer award , Miami Dade Days
- 2015 Home Rule Hero Award. Florida League of Cities
Mayor Lerner was previously elected to the Florida House of Representatives , District 119 in 2000 and served for one term before her District was eliminated in the 2002 Re-districting.
Prior to her legislative tenure, she was a practicing attorney with the Guardian Ad Litem Program at Miami-Dade County’s Juvenile Court, representing the best interests of thousands of abused and neglected children, and recruited, trained and supervised hundreds of pro bono attorneys for sixteen years. She suspended the active practice of law in 1998 to focus on advocating for better, more proactive legislative policies and priorities and was elected, in 2000, to the Florida House of Representatives to represent District 119, which included Pinecrest and all South Miami-Dade.
Mayor Lerner is a proud graduate of Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Tulane University and Emory University School of Law. Mayor Lerner is married to Dr. Irv Lerner, a veterinarian, they have three adult children and two grandchildren.