FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (April 24, 2019) – The Broward County Chapter of the American Red Cross announced that Jim Waldman will join its Board of Directors.
Waldman has spent much of his adult life committed to public service, improving his community and fighting for better education opportunities for all. A Broward resident for over 40 years, he is a former Florida State Representative and former City of Coconut Creek mayor and currently serves as general counsel for the private non-profit Keiser University.
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Connecticut, Jim came to Florida to attend the University of Florida where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and later earned his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University Law School. Following his studies, Jim began his legal career primarily practicing in the areas of litigation and real estate.
Waldman is a dedicated public servant who has been working for the local community for over two decades. In 2006, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 95th District from 2006-2012 and the 96th District from 2012-2014 when he was term limited out from running again. Prior to his time in the State House, he served nearly ten years on the Coconut Creek City Commission, including two terms as mayor.
Along with his time in public office, Waldman has served on the Florida League of Cities Criminal Justice Policy Committee, the Broward League of Cities Legislative Policy Committee and the Broward County Department of Natural Resource Protection Advisory Board. He also served as Juvenile Justice Community Arbitrator for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida and Chair of the Commission on Capital Cases. More recently he served as the President of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States.
In addition to his service to local and state government, Waldman has spent a great deal of time giving back to his community. His community service roles have included serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Everglades University in Boca Raton, Board of Directors for Coconut Creek’s SOS Children’s Village, Board of Directors for the Friends of Israel Defense Forces (Southeast Division), Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Family Center and as a member and former Chair of the Broward County Resource Recovery Board and the Broward League of Cities Hometown Security Committee.
He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Temple Beth Israel in Sunrise, Fla., Coconut Creek Democratic Club and B’nai B’rith. Additionally, he has volunteered with the Jewish Federation of Broward County, the Jewish National Fund, the Urban League, the United Way of Broward County, the BRACE Scholarship Fund and Kids in Distress.
“Jim is a strong leader in the community and will be an asset for our mission,” said Paula Prendergast, executive director of the Broward County Chapter. “I look forward to working with him and the rest of the board on important initiatives that will make a profound impact in Broward County.”
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/southflorida or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.
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