Op-Ed

New year, new faces,new voices and views

The Other Views page is set to welcome five new columnists who will add their voices to the page’s ongoing conversation about life in South Florida — and beyond.

Mike Abrams served in the Florida House of Representatives for 12 years representing the North Miami Beach/Aventura area. He served as chair of the House Health Care Committee and House Health & Rehabilitative Services Subcommittee on Appropriations, where he acquired deep knowledge of the appropriations process. As one of few people to serve four straight years as chair of the House Finance & Taxation Committee, Abrams has vast experience related to the effect of state tax policy on private companies, healthcare, transportation and public education. In 1981, Abrams was a member of the Public Health Trust.

After retiring from the Legislature, Abrams returned to Miami and began a career in the private sector, advocating for a number of Florida clients before federal, state, county and city government officials. Prior to joining Ballard Partners, Mike co-chaired the Government Affairs & Public Policy Practice at a large national law firm. Abrams graduated from the University of Miami with honors in 1969 and has served of the UM Board of Trustees since 1995. He will write an occasional column on policy for the Other Views page.

Kinisha Correia moved to Fort Lauderdale from Kingston, Jamaica in summer 2014, with the mission of establishing an international writing career. Since her move, Correia has established Prana Writes, a blog that features socially conscious people and projects around the globe working to positively affect human condition in various aspects. In only a few months, Correia has interviewed several leading yogis, environmental activists, social entrepreneurs, healthy-eating guides and creative professionals. She will highlight community-building initiatives in a monthly column.

A.J. Delgado is a writer, lawyer, television commentator, blogger, political analyst, activist and author. She considers herself a conservative with a strong independent streak. Delgado’s writings have been featured on several national news sites, and she regularly appears on radio, online and cable-television shows. She published her first book, Hip To Be Square: Why It’s Cool To Be A Conservative, in 2012.

Delgado received her juris doctor from Harvard Law School. She practiced law as a litigator in New York City, representing several Fortune 500 companies. A proud Gator, she received her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA. Her senior-year thesis refuted the claims of Holocaust deniers and exposed their anti-Semitism.

Delgado is the child of Cuban immigrants — her father is a retired Miami-Dade bus driver. She enjoys mixed martial arts, medieval history, horror films and working to advance the cause of animal rights. Find her website at www.aj-delgado.com. Delgado’s column will appear twice a month.

Jason Green, a social entrepreneur, has dedicated his career to creating positive change in education. As executive director of Blended Learning and Professional Development with Redbird Advanced Learning, Green partners with schools and districts nationally and internationally to build high-performing next-generation learning environments. He has spoken at leading universities and conferences including Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, NCSM and iNACOL and has been featured in the Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, EdSurge and NBC6 South Florida.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, Green is driven by the belief that all children have a right to a high-quality education. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an M.S. Ed from University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. He has served as an adjunct professor, a board member for various nonprofits and continues to be a lifelong learner. He will write an occasional column on education and technology.

Born in the suburbs of Washington D.C., Ricardo Mor considers himself a Miami native after spending nearly all of his life living here. He graduated from Florida International University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology — and was able to find employment despite what misinformed pundits say regarding the practicality of non-STEM degrees. He is a second-generation Hispanic-American, a reluctant millennial and an all-around bon vivant.

Mor has been contributing regularly to the Miami Herald since 2013 and has written on everything from nightlife to municipal government. Now he predominantly covers visual arts and food, in addition to writing opinion columns. He is the operations and programs coordinator at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design, a nonprofit institution dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation for the built environment in greater Miami. In his twice-a-month Other Views columns, Mor will address issues that concern all Miamians, including urbanism, quality of life and the arts. At 24, he is one of the youngest columnists to appear on the opinion pages.

Most important, Mor wants to stress that the correct spelling of his last name is indeed “Mor,” not Moore, Moor, More or any other variation. He does not know from where the last name originates, just that it is often misspelled despite being only three letters long.

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