In his professional capacity he serves as a Member, City of Miami Green Commission; Member, City of Miami Waterfront Advisory Board; Member, Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force.
As part of his civic and community endeavors he presently serves as Chairman, United Home Care Services; Immediate Past Chairman, Miami-Dade County Asian-American Advisory Board and Board Member, St. Thomas University. On the national scene José serves as a Board Member of the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation (JAMF).
Most recently he served as a Member, Miami-Dade County Biscayne Buffer Committee; Trustee, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust; and Member, South Miami-Dade Watershed Study.
He has been recognized for his dedication and devotion to public service by several communities, civic and elected officials. José has been honored with the “Valor Award” by the American Diabetes Association for his Commitment to Community Services; Finalist, South Florida/ Up and Comers Award; and was recently honored by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 11th Annual Sunshine Awards, as Public Official of the Year for his dedication and public service to South Florida.
Jose has been featured in The Miami Herald numerous times for his dedication and devotion to Community Service and also his Japanese/Cuban heritage.
In November 2008, Mr. Fuentes along with the Miami/ Kagoshima Sister Cities Committee (MKSCC) flew to Kagoshima, Japan to be a part of the O’hara Matsuri Festival. As official representatives of the City of Miami, Mr. Fuentes and the MKSCC help Celebrate 18 years of Sisterhood. This trip help strengthen the relationship between two cities with many common ties and bounds.
In 2006, Jose was selected by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) as a member of the 2006 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD), traveling to Japan to meet and exchange information with Japanese leaders, building people-to-people diplomacy between Japanese and Japanese American leaders. He has also been invited to the White House at the invitation of President George W. Bush during the Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. In 2005 he served as part of the U.S./Florida Delegation to the Aichi World Expo in Nagoya Japan, which had as its’ theme “Celebrating Natures Wisdom”.
Professionally he has served as the Regional Director of the South Florida Water Management District Miami-Dade Regional Office; Assistant, United States Senator Connie Mack; Director, Office of the Speaker of the Florida House Representative; Legislative Assistant, State Senator Rudy Garcia; Governmental/ Public Affairs Liaison, Board of County Commissioners of Broward County and presently serves as the Regional Director of the South Florida Water Management District Miami-Dade Regional Office.
He is a Miami-Dade College Alumni, and was a Coca Cola Hispanic Scholarship Recipient while earning his Bachelor’s Degree at St. Thomas University in Miami, FL. He is an avid runner and has completed 15 U.S. Marathons. He is the father of Christina Fuentes.
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