Meet Javier Fernandez

Javier Fernandez is a native of South Florida with a commitment to community service and public advocacy. Throughout his career, he has worked in both the public and private sectors to move his community forward.

Javier is the oldest of four siblings raised in western Miami-Dade. He attended St. Theresa School and Christopher Columbus High School where he played football before earning a full academic scholarship to attend Colby College in Maine.

Following his service as an advocate in the non-profit sector and Chief of Staff to the mayor of Miami, Javier went on to study law at the University of Miami, where he graduated with honors while working part-time.

As an attorney, Javier represented clients advocating for environmental and land development projects in our community such as the Miami Design District, Brickell City Centre, Miami Worldcenter, and the Tri-Rail commuter rail service.

Raised by a single mother who taught in Miami-Dade Public Schools for over 40 years, Javier understands the struggles of balancing work and family. Javier firmly believes access to quality, public education is fundamental to a dynamic economy and combating our community’s growing income inequality.

As Mayor of South Miami, Javier will prioritize investments in transportation and public safety, and the infrastructure we need to support the growth and preserve the integrity of South Miami neighborhoods. He will work with representatives in our state and federal legislative delegations to address the rising housing costs, escalating insurance premiums, common sense gun reform and bold solutions to the climate crisis – issues that put our community’s safety and prosperity at risk.

Javier and his wife, Dr. Anna Maria Patiño-Fernández, a clinical psychologist, live in South Miami with their two children — Susanna and Lucas— and consider themselves blessed to be raising their family in South Florida.