VP of Economic Development and Urban Initiatives, Miami-Dade Beacon Council
Sheri Colas-Gervais is an innovative leader with demonstrated Economic Development, Brand Management, and Community Engagement experience of over 20 years across Fortune 500 companies, consulting sectors, and public-private partnerships; with a track record of delivering results.
Colas-Gervais is currently Vice President of Economic Development and Urban Initiatives for the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official public- private economic development partnership. She serves to stimulate job creation with emphasis on growing small to mid-sized businesses and entrepreneurs in Miami-Dade County, and new business investments of all sizes in urban communities.
Sheri’s achievements include exceeding all targets by generating direct new capital investment and direct jobs; in addition to deliveries in entrepreneurship, workforce, and trade zone initiatives. Colas-Gervais is also the lead for Brownfields and the new Opportunity Zones/Funds.
Sheri has a history of growth in both the entrepreneurial and corporate sectors, in the U.S. and in the Caribbean. Prior to her current position, She held national and regional leadership positions for Fortune 500 corporations and brings P&L management expertise for business development, brand management and strategic planning; with extensive experience in the consumer products and manufacturing space.
Sheri Colas-Gervais earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, a BA from Marquette University, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, and is bi-lingual and bi-cultural with a history of international engagement. She is the recipient of numerous awards and serves in advisory roles with various organizations. Sheri Colas-Gervais is committed to her profession while passionate about education as she personally supports youth scholarship and entrepreneurship in underserved communities.