Education and Experience

Carmen has 16 years of experience in engineering, management, and public service. She brings top-level education and problem-solving skills to our community, and is ready on day 1 to lead Coral Gables on the broad range of complex issues facing our city. 


Her in-depth Vision reflects her unique qualifications, her understanding of our community, and her belief in bold action to safeguard our future.


Carmen was recognized by the City Commission for "[demonstrating] in many ways her deep and genuine love for our City," and by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce for "professional and exceptional performance."  Her work on dramatically improved permit times at Coral Gables was featured in a local paper.



BS in Civil Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MS in Structural Engineering

University of California at Berkeley


Harvard Business School

If elected, Carmen adds refreshing diversity to the commission, for more ideas, more informed decisions, and a better team.  She brings unique credentials (in orange) to the service of the city's complex issues (in green).

Public Service Experience

Assistant City Manager for Operations, City of Coral Gables (2013-2016)
Directed operational departments including Public Works, Planning and Zoning, Building, Code Enforcement, Historical Resources, Community Recreation, and Economic and Cultural Development. Responsible for the City’s Capital Improvement Plan of approximately $140M.  Selected projects include

  • Miracle Mile and Giralda Steering Committee

  • Bike Master Plan Presentation and Adoption

  • Information Center

  • Development Services Focus Groups

Interim City Manager, City of Coral Gables (April - Dec 2014)

Served as the chief executive of the City of Coral Gables City, an organization with an annual operating budget of approximately $180M, 800 full-time employees and 110 part-time employees.

  • Financing Plan for Miracle Mile and Giralda Streetscape Project

  • Trolley Building Settlement

  • Budget Preparation 

  • Union Negotiation

  • Tree Succession Plan

  • Fleet Replacement Program

Assistant Development Services Director, City of Coral Gables (2012)

Supervised Building, Code Enforcement and Planning and Zoning Divisions.  Led strategic initiatives focused on improving efficiency of operations, increasing accountability and establishing customer service guidelines.  Selected initiatives implemented included:

  • Queuing system to minimize wait times

  • Increased online/email applications

  • Developed strategic plan with customer input

  • Budget Preparation

Building and Zoning Director, City of Coral Gables (2010 – 2011)
Led the Building and Zoning Department through process improvements and its merger into the Development Services Department. 

  • Fast tracking of certain permit types

  • Developed a plan review guide

  • Established maximum 24 hour response time

  • Created monthly tracking reports

Operations Manager and Assistant Director, City of Miami Beach (2009-2010)
Supervised the governmental compliance section, permit counter staff and the administrative and finance functions of the department (approximately 35 staff members). Led strategic initiatives to optimize the efficiency and performance of the Department.


Engineering Experience

Responsible for the structural design of buildings, for the coordination of construction drawings with other disciplines and for maintaining the design team and client informed of projects progress.  Led the structural concrete design of four high-rise projects totaling $120M and consulted on over 70 projects with a total value of $380M.

Recognition and Media Coverage

Carmen Olazabal Day Proclamation.PNG

   Phone: 305-962-8185

​​Political Advertising Paid for and approved by Carmen Olazabal for Coral Gables Commissioner Group 4

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