Mayor Dana Goldman is Of Counsel to Shutts & Bowen LLP’s Miami Office, where she is a member of the Real Estate Department. She represents national and regional homebuilders, handling matters relating to the development of their condominiums and planned development communities. Ms. Goldman also holds a real estate broker license and a mortgage loan originator license, which allows her better access to real estate and finance opportunities in the market for her clients. In addition to her legal experience, Ms. Goldman has extensive prior experience as a business owner and operator.

Ms. Goldman is a full-time resident of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida and has extensive ties to this community. Born and raised in Miami Beach, she grew up amid the family’s business, Pumpernik’s Restaurant, a virtual historic landmark. She graduated from Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale and went on to distinguish herself with an A.B. from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, magna cum laude with High Honors in History, before obtaining her J.D. from George Washington University in Washington, DC.


Since returning to South Florida in 1994, Ms. Goldman has been actively involved in the community as a contributing member of various organizations, civic boards and associations including the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews (MCCJ), Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) – Miami, the Miami Association of Realtors, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, Condominium & Planned Development Committee and Florida League of Cities Transportation & Intergovernmental Relations Policy CommitteeFacing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) and Ruth's List Miami board member. She served as Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida prior to serving on the commission and she has been involved in various city-wide initiatives, including her famous “Condo Rights Workshop Series” which she hosts monthly as a resource for residents.

Ms. Goldman is married to Michael Gates and has a daughter, Julia.

Ms. Goldman enjoys power-walks, travel, politics and people.

Professional and Civic:

  • Mayor, City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, 2021-Present

  • City Commissioner, Seat 3, City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, 2014-2021 

  • Former Vice Mayor, City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, 2017-2018

  • Former Chairperson, Citizens Advisory Committee, City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

  • Board of Directors, Miami-Dade County League of Cities, 2018-2020

  • Florida League of Cities, Land Use & Economic Development Legislative Policy Committee

  • Former Interim Advisory Board, American Flood Coalition

  • Practicing Real Estate Attorney

  • Admitted to Florida and District of Columbia Bars

  • Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker

  • Florida Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator

  • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, Condominium & Planned Development Committee

  • Title Agent for Fidelity Title Insurance Company and the Attorneys Title Insurance Fund

  • Member, Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)

  • Member, Kiwanis International 

  • Deputy Director, First Summit of the Americas, hosted by former President Bill Clinton

  • Legislative Assistant, Senator Albert Gore, Jr.

  • Legal Intern, Senator Bob Graham 

  • Research Assistant, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Senator Dante B. Fascell 

  • Bisnow, Recognized for Outstanding Excellence & Influence in South Florida Commercial Real Estate, 2019

  • Ruth’s List Leadership Miami, 2019-Present

  • Board Member, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), 2020-Present

  • Former Director, Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews (MCCJ) 

  • Profile Miami –Served on Panels Regarding Short Term Rentals, The Future of Sunny Isles Beach


  • Creator and Moderator Condo Rights Workshops and Clinics on Condominium Topics, Condominium Rights Advocacy Series, Sunny Isles Beach, Aventura, North Miami Beach, Hallandale, 2019-Present 

  • Creator, Sustainable Living, Environmentalism for the Generations, Weekly/Bi-Weekly Interview Series on Environmental Topics: Sea Turtles, Shark Week, Fish Kill, Ongoing 

  • Moderator, "Condo Corruption - What is the Municipal Response?", Miami-Dade County League of Cities Best Practices Conference, October 18, 2018

  • Co-Creator of EcoSeahawks Environmental Education and Programming Series, STEAM, Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8

  • Principal for the Day, 2018, 2019, and 2021, Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8

  • Panelist, Bisnow’s Future of North Miami Beach, Aventura and Sunny Isles, 9/12/2019

  • 10th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, Municipal Official Roundtable, 2018

Policy Initiatives:

  • Traffic, Transit, Mobility and Roadway Design Initiatives

  • Repurpose and Buildout of New Youth Center adjacent to Golden Shores Neighborhood

  • Creation and Buildout of Active Recreation at City Parks 

  • Creation and Buildout of Senior Center/Multi-Purpose Community Center at Gateway Park 

  • City Wide Condo Rights Advocacy Clinics, Workshops, Educational Series and Presentations 

  • Directive to Implement Electric Vehicle Charging Stations installed in Sunny Isles Beach Government Center, Heritage Park, Gateway Park and Municipal Parking Lot behind Walgreens


  • Recommend City-Wide Master Transportation Plan, implemented in 2016 and serves as the basis for Citywide multimodal transportation planning 

  • Speed Limit Reduction/ Pedestrian and Bicycling Mobility/Atlantic Avenue Sidewalk Widening

  • Discussion and advocacy of storm drainage improvements, Center Island

Ordinances Adopted:

  • Prohibition on Smoking on the Beach, 2022

  • Amendment to Noise Ordinance, 2022

  • Prohibition on Single Use Polystyrene Containers, 2021 

  • Prohibition on Distribution and Sale of Plastic Beverage Straws, 2019

  • Consideration of Anti-Semitism in Enforcing Laws, 2018 

  • Amending Chapter 265-46 to Provide Parking Incentives for Electric Vehicles, 2018

Sample Resolutions (Condominiums, Environmental, Human Relations)

  • Expressing Support to Build a New High School for the Coastal Communities

  • Authorizing the Purchase of One Hundred and Twenty-Five (125) Stop the Bleed Kits for Norman S. Edelcup K-8


  • Authorizing the City of Sunny Isles Beach to Join the Florida Hate Crime Coalition (“FHCC”), 2020

  • Expressing Support for SB 1752 and HB 1317 Which Would Revise and Strengthen Criminal Penalties Relating to Violations for Condominium Associations

  • Expressing Support for SB 610 (Catalyst) to Create New Criminal Penalties for Condominium Association Violations

  • Expressing Support for SB 182 which would Repeal the Preemption of Local Laws Regarding the Use or Sale of Polystyrene Products 

  • Expressing the City’s Opposition to Offshore Drilling Activities, Including Seismic Airgun Blasting

  • Resolutions on Breast Cancer and Hereditary Cancer Awareness, Childhood Cancers 

  • Expressing the City’s Opposition to AirBNB’s delisting of Israeli homes in West Bank Settlements, and the City’s Support for Anti-BDS legislation

  • City Government Adoption and Use of Social Media to communicate with residents, City Advisory Committee


  • Graduate, George Washington University Law School, J.D.

  • Graduate, Brandeis University, B.A. in History.


  • Born and raised in Miami Beach.

  • Family owned and operated the world-famous Pumpernik’s Restauarants.

  • Sunny Isles Beach resident since 2001.

  • Married to Michael Gates. They have a daughter, Julia, together.