Cindy Lerner has been a practicing attorney for thirty years. Her last position was with the Guardian Ad Litem Program at Miami-Dade County’s Juvenile Court where she represented 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. Her legislative district was eliminated in the 2002 redistricting effort however, making it impossible to run for re-election. She continued her advocacy as a professional consultant and sometime volunteer on numerous community boards and child advocacy organizations. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for her extensive community service efforts.

Mayor Lerner is currently President of Grassroots Connections, LLC, where she provides her expertise as a Consultant in Governmental and Community relations to such well regarded not for profit organizations as the Tallahassee based Children’s Campaign, Inc.

She currently serves on the Miami-Dade County Community Based Care Alliance, Sisterhood of Temple Beth Am, the Student Services Advisory Board for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and the Executive Board of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities.

Mayor Lerner is a graduate of the public school system of Miami-Dade County, Tulane University and Emory University School of Law.

She was elected as Pinecrest’s third mayor on November 4, 2008.

Mayor Lerner is married to Dr. Irv Lerner, a veterinarian, and they have three adult children