ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Like so many members of the Latin community of Central Florida, District 4 Commissioner Maribel Gómez Cordero was born on the island of Puerto Rico. She lived there most of her life until 1997 when she moved here with her family and to earn her Master’s Degree from Webster University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling specializing in Marriage and Family.
She put her knowledge to good use even before working in politics, specializing in crisis counseling. She worked as a case manager and dependency unit supervisor at Children’s Home Society and the Department of Children & Families, and as a clinical therapist in Life and Work Solutions.
She won the 2018 elections against Susan Makowski, and is aspiring for a second term when the current one ends in 2022. She has focused her job on victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence, as well as the homeless. In 2019 she was honored with the key to the city of Ceiba, Puerto Rico, her hometown, for her work within the Hispanic community.