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.
Honorable Shannan "Lady" Ighodaro is an empowerment strategist, brand and image consultant and business executive with a solid background in public relations, marketing, community outreach and implementation of integrated and best-practice methodologies for public involvement, public policy, articulation and optimization of innovative public-private partnerships.
She is the founder of Oracle consulting group, LLC a firm that specializes in public relations, marketing, public involvement and community outreach. She successfully branded the United Nations "Think Global, Act Local" rural urban integration initiative, the Miami Dade County Public Schools Read to Lead program and the Kids CLASS program, a national initiative to harness the talent of youth in underserved communities. In addition, she led an effort to establish a four-year scholarship program for 23 young girls in the Forum for African Women Educationalist (FAWE) Girls school in Rwanda, East Africa. She has served as an education consultant for Miami Dade College and Florida Atlantic University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Florida Memorial University and an MBA from the Wayne Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University. A recipient of numerous awards, in 2005 she received the prestigious Miami Dade Community Pillars Award and in 2017, she was honored as a vessel for her role in empowering women entrepreneurs in the community.
An established author, evangelist, entrepreneur, and an individual who has spent the last twenty years mentoring young women to be entrepreneurs who put God first, and build capacities for their families and communities, she is the founder of the 100 Women of Virtue, a mentoring initiative for young women.
She is married to Erhabor Ighodaro Ph.D., a former councilman and Vice Mayor for the city of Miami Gardens. They are proud parents to twin girls Esosa and Idia.