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NACD Florida Elects Manny Diaz to the Board of Directors

February 13, 2013

Release Date:  February 13, 2013
Contact:  Linda L Thayer, Executive Director  

Fort Lauderdale, Florida — [February 13]  NACD Florida is proud to announce the election of Manny Diaz to the Board of Directors.   

NACD Florida Chairman, Gerry Czarnecki said, “Manny Diaz will bring a wealth of governance experience and subject matter expertise to the Board and to the Chapter membership.”  Carolyn Chin, the President of NACD Florida added, “We look forward to the future contributions of this outstanding leader to NACD as we introduce new programs and continue to support and be the ‘voice’ of the director.”


Mayor Manny Diaz has a successful corporate and real estate law practice as a senior partner at Lydecker Diaz in Miami, Florida.  He has been a force in local, state and national affairs for nearly three decades and served as Mayor for the city of Miami from 2001 through 2009.  He was chosen to lead the United States Conference of Mayors as its President in 2008.  During his two-term tenure, Diaz was recognized for completely transforming the City of Miami, and for many nationally recognized innovative programs.  

In recognition of his efforts, Diaz has received almost 100 awards and recognitions including: America’s Best Leaders by US News and World Report and The Center for Public Leadership (Kennedy School of Government); the Urban Innovator of the Year by the Manhattan Institute; Americans for the Arts-National Award for Local Arts Leadership; American Architectural Foundation Keystone Award; the Government Award by Hispanic Magazine; Poder Hispanic Magazine/Global Crisis Foundation Climate Award of the Year and was named an Outstanding American by Choice by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.

He is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council of the US Department of Homeland Security and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Town Square Neighborhood Development Corporation Board of Directors and Honorary Regional Chairman of NewDEAL.  He is also a member of the Board of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, City Year U.S.A., the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Urban Research, the Miami Foundation, Urban Land Institute Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use, the National Environmental Education Foundation, the advisory boards for the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Civic Innovation, the Sustainable Cities Institute, U.S. Green Building Council- South Florida Chapter and the Florida Steering Committee for The Children’s Movement of Florida.

He recently served as a Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and is the author of his recently released book, Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood, One City at a Time.

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership organization focused exclusively on advancing exemplary board leadership.  Based on 35 years of experience, NACD identifies, interprets and provides insights and information that corporate board members rely upon to make sound strategic decisions, confidently confront complex business challenges and enhance shareowner value. With more than 12,000 corporate director members, NACD provides world-class director education, director training and proprietary research about leading boardroom and corporate governance practices to promote director professionalism and bolster investor confidence.  Furthermore, to create more effective and efficient corporate boards, NACD provides independent board evaluations and custom-tailored in-boardroom education and training programs, as well as director-led conferences, forums and peer-exchange learning opportunities to share ideas about current and emerging issues. Fostering collaboration among directors and governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To learn more about NACD, visit  To join, please contact Kelly Dodd at or 202-380-1891.  To learn more about the NACD Florida Chapter, visit or contact Linda Thayer at