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