Commissioner Fortuna Smukler is the liaison for the Civil Service Board and the Library Board, a position she occupies with due diligence and dedication. She’s been a resident of North Miami Beach for 21 years, ever since 2001 when she moved to North Miami Beach with her husband.
Her past as a community activist and member and chairperson of several boards meant she was thoroughly prepared for her new responsibilities.
Board Appointments and Awards
Since 2004, Commissioner Fortuna Smukler has been a Club Law & Order member. From 2006 to 2018, she was a member of the Civil Service Board, and in 2007, she was on the Commission On The Status Of Women. From 2009 to 2018, she occupied a position on the Chair Civil Service Board.
From 2012 to 2018, she was both a member and the chairperson of the Multi-cultural Committee. During this time, she learned much about overseeing committees and leading administrative projects. As a community activist, Commissioner Fortuna Smukler was nominated Crime Watcher Of The Year in 2011 and was the Nominee Chairperson Of The Year for the Citizens’ Crime Watch Of Miami Dade County for four years in a row, from 2011 to 2016.
Back in 2006, she was awarded the NMBPD Community Champion Award. Those were the start of her activism years. Her formal education gives a glimpse into her aspirations, having attended and graduated from the NMBPD Citizens Academy in 2010 and the FBI Citizens Academy in 2013.
Commissioner Fortuna Smukler’s community involvement started as soon as 2002 when she first occupied a position on the ESPOA Board. She occupied this position until 2018. From 2005 to 2007, she was on the Urban Environment League (UEL) Board, and in 2010, she was a member of the Eastern Shores Crime Watch.
In 2012, Fortuna Smukler organized and led work to keep the Rescue Station in Eastern Shores alive and kicking. In 2016, her efforts led to the upgraded gate control system in Eastern Shores. Her appointment as a commissioner did not mark the start of her community involvement but rather a continuation.
Her commissioner title simply put her in a position to help the community that fostered her younger years better. Now, she wants to use her newly-acquired resources to put North Miami Beach on the map!