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About Commissioner Marleine Bastien

Commissioner Marleine Bastien was elected to serve as the District 2 Commissioner on the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on November 8, 2022. District 2 encompasses portions of the City of Miami, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-locka, City of Hialeah, and unincorporated areas of Liberty City, Biscayne Gardens, and North Dade Central. 

For over 40 years, Bastien has established a global reputation of tireless advocacy for equity, economic empowerment, comprehensive immigration reform, and climate justice. She has championed rights for women, children, families, workers, the elderly, and LGBTQ worldwide. 

Before joining the Board, she worked as a social worker. Then, she went on to found the Family Action Network Movement (FANM). Under her leadership, FANM has grown into a globally recognized model for providing life-enhancing services to low- and moderate-income families in health care, housing, literacy, technical training, after-school and summer programs, immigration reform, business enhancement, job creation, and career development. 

Bastien has received dozens of honorable awards and accolades throughout the years. In 1994, Bastien received the Miami-Dade County Volunteer of the Year Award, followed by the Miami-Dade County Social Worker of the Year Award in 2000 for her services. She has received Congressional recognition from Senator Bill Nelson (2005), Congresswoman Corrine Brown (2008), and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (2012). She has also been recognized as “One of The 35 Most Remarkable Women in the World” by Essence Magazine. She was Ms. Foundation’s “Woman of the Year,” a City of North Miami Hall of FAME Inductee, and in 2015, she received the Stanley Milledge Life Achievement Award from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

She has also served as either a founding or board member of many organizations, such as the Miami Climate Alliance, North Miami Education Board, Health Foundation of South Florida, Catalyst Miami, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Haitian American Grassroots Coalition, Center for Haitian Studies, Sant La, Haitian Neighborhood Center, Kristi’s House, GAP (Girl Advocacy Power), Women We Will Rebuild, Miami Workers Center, and the American for Immigrants Justice, among others. 

Bastien obtained her master’s degree in social work from Florida International University in 1987.

Marleine Bastien