Lillie Q. Odom
Council Members are elected by the voters to serve on the City Council. Four are elected from their geographic districts and two are elected Citywide. Council Members participate as equal members of the City Council in deliberating City business and setting policy.
Lillie Q. Odom is a Miami-Dade County resident for over six decades and as of September 6, 2016 is devotedly serving her second (four-year term) as the Councilmember for Residential Seat One (1) in the City of Miami Gardens; the population is over 113,000 of which it is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County, Florida and the thirty-third (33rd) incorporated municipality. Her Residential Seat One (1) has approximately twenty-five thousand residents.
Councilwoman Lillie Q. Odom graduated from North Dade Junior/Senior High School and was recently inducted into their Hall of Fame. She earned her degrees from Miami Dade College and Nova University. Councilwoman Odom is a retiree from Florida Memorial University and Miami Dade College (2003) as an Associate Financial Aid Director. She is also a retiree from the City of Miami Gardens (2011); she was the Executive Assistant to the Mayor/Council and Community Outreach Specialist. Her many years of employment included careers in retail, medical, banking, higher education, government as well as entrepreneurial undertakings.
Prior to the incorporation of the City of Miami Gardens, Councilwoman Odom worked tirelessly in her community. As one of the founders of the city, she was voted as the Secretary for the City’s Incorporation Committee; to pursue the vision and mission. A pioneer in her own right, she was the first contractual city employee. Councilwoman Odom was tasked with setting up the first office of the city and was officially the first Executive Assistant to the first Mayor and Council of the City of Miami Gardens. Subsequently, the first Community Outreach Specialist. She was also the first Staff Liaison selected by the original city council to the Elderly Affairs, and the Commission for Women Committees.
In addition to her elected duties, Councilwoman Odom is the:
- Preservationist/Historian of the City of Miami Gardens’ archives
- Founder and motivator of the City’s Veterans Affairs Committee
- Coordinator and supporter of community groups that specializes in educating and encouraging citizens to live HIV/AIDS-free and healthy
- Advocate for the social improvements for the elderly citizens and youth population
- Supporter of the Homeowners Associations and Crime Watch Groups
Councilwoman Lillie Q. Odom’s leadership skills are esteemed. She is a keen listener and an inspirational teacher. She is a board member for several organizations. Her many recognitions and awards as a professional, volunteer and community outreach specialist is a distinct declaration of her passion for public service. Some of her leisure activities are reading, travelling and commitment to her grandchildren.