NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Luis Andre Gazitua
Luis is an experienced procurement lawyer and Miami lobbyist serving elected officials, businesses, international clients, and trade associations. He regularly appears before local and state government in order to advance complex objectives for clients against competing interests. He has weathered various competitive processes in Florida including Home Rule Charter Amendments, Recalls, Local, State and Federal campaigns.
Prior to forming Gazitua Letelier – the Miami Lobbying Firm. Luis authored the Miami Dade County Strong Mayor Charter Amendment approved by voters in January 2007. He coordinated a countywide signature campaign by hiring and managing a national signature gathering firm, acted as general counsel to the Citizens for Reform (CFR) political action committee, selected and hired legal defense team, consisting of Bruce Rogow and Bob Josefsberg, which represented CFR before the Circuit Court and the 3d District Court of Appeal, see, Citizens for Reform v. Citizens for Open Government, Inc., 931 So.2d 977, (3d DCA 2006), cert. denied, 939 So.2d 92 (Fla. 2006).
As Special Advisor to the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Luis was a key player in the creation of the South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB), Region 23, of the State of Florida. The SFWIB is a government instrumentality of both Miami-Dade and Monroe County whose creation required approval of Workforce Florida and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. The SFWIB, now with a staff of 80, invests over sixty million dollars annually for job training and placement services.
In response to the 2007 FBI Mortgage Fraud Report, Luis assisted the Mayor in establishing a law enforcement and private sector task force to develop legislative change while prosecuting offenders. Fl. Stat. 817.545 was drafted, lobbied and passed, which allowed local law enforcement throughout the state to arrest perpetrators of the crime of Mortgage Fraud. A nationwide program was established modeled from it. The Federal Govt. through the Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance allocated over $20 million dollars in 2009 and proposed 100 million dollars in 2010 (grants & earmarks) for enforcement, prosecution, and training for federal, state and local enforcers.
Luis was the Project Director for Wireless Miami-Dade. Working with the Department Directors of the Enterprise Technology Services Department, the Parks Department, the Transit Department and private vendors Luis developed a viable deployment program for Miami-Dade County residents. In 2010, the service was expanded to rapid transit buses and all metro-rail and mover infrastructure to improve the experience for riders.
Prior to joining the Office of the Mayor, Luis assisted Bob Josefsberg in terrorist litigation against the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization. Where the plaintiff, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, was brutally attacked in 2002 by the Al Aqsa Brigades, a Palestinian terrorist organization backed by the Palestinian Authority and the U.S. district court in Miami ruled the Palestinian Authority pay him $16 million. See, Saperstein v. Palestinian Authority, 2006 WL 3804718 (S.D. Fla. 2006).
His clients include: Clean Energy – the nation’s largest and most prestigious natural gas fueling station design/build, operation/maintenance and fueling services company; Honeywell – a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges linked to global macrotrends such as energy efficiency, clean energy generation, safety and security, globalization and customer productivity; and Comcast – the world’s largest media, entertainment and communications company.