Mayor | City of Miami Beach
Born in Miami Beach, Dan Gelber was raised to believe in public service. His father, respected former Miami Beach Mayor and Judge Seymour Gelber, and his mother, Beach High foreign-language teacher Edith Gelber, exemplified that service.
Dan lived these principles through service as a federal prosecutor, handling public corruption prosecutions. He was later appointed as the Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the prestigious U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations where he worked on counter-terrorism issues. He then served Miami Beach as a Florida State Representative and Senator, where he was elected House Democratic Leader.
In 2017, Dan was elected Mayor of his hometown with over 82% support. He led the Commission in creating the innovative STEAM Plus program, partnering with local cultural institutions to infuse the arts into the school curriculum. Dan also started the #PlasticFreeMB initiative and improved the City’s resilience by inviting the Urban Land Institute to review current strategies.
Dan has been active with the Big Brothers program for 25+ years with his Little Brother Travis, who is now a dentist. Dan practices law with the firm of Gelber Schachter & Greenberg PA in Miami and is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and Chambers. Dan is married to Joan Silverstein, a career federal prosecutor; they have three children and a dog named Buddy.
Dan graduated from Tufts University magna cum laude and the University of Florida Law School where he was a national Truman Scholar.