Commissioner Gil Ziffer - Seat 5
Gil Ziffer, a Tallahassee resident since 1983, joined the Tallahassee City Commission on August 31, 2009. Since that time he has been elected to two four-year terms.
Commissioner Ziffer brings a unique perspective and voice to the commission. As president of Ziffer Stansberry Advertising Public Relations, the firm he founded in 1990, he is well versed in the concerns of the business community and economic development efforts. In addition, he has a solid history of assuming an active leadership role with a diverse range of cultural and social service issues and projects throughout the community.
During Commissioner's tenure on the City Commission he has focused his attention on developing and implementing solutions for the Tallahassee area homeless. He has been an integral part in raising awareness and funding for the Arts and Cultural Community in addition to developing public-private partnerships in the support of area youth programs. As a result of these efforts and others Commissioner Ziffer was recognized as Municipal Official of the year for 2014 by the Northwest Florida League of Cities. He also received the Home Rule Hero Award from the Florida League of Cities in 2014-2016.
Commissioner Ziffer was recently elected the First Vice-President of the Florida League of Cities. The FLC represents 412 cities throughout Florida and provides a wide range of services to its members. He additionally serves on the National League of Cities Human Development Committee.
In 2004, Ziffer was appointed by then Secretary of State Glenda Hood to serve as chair of the statewide Friends of the Museums of Florida History board of directors. In 2005, Ziffer facilitated and procured the Museum's largest corporate sponsorship to date, $50,000, to underwrite installation of the historic, and internationally acclaimed, Napoleon exhibit.
Commissioner Ziffer has maintained an active leadership role with the historic Cascade Park project since 2006. Cascade Park, a signature project of the Blueprint 2000 Intergovernmental Agency, is an outstanding example of successful public/private partnerships, with approximately $26.3 million already dedicated to complete infrastructure and storm water issues. Ziffer served as development chair of the capital campaign to provide private funding of the 22-acre park's planned amenities.
Commission Ziffer currently serves on the following Boards - Chair of the Tallahassee/Leon County Intergovernmental Agency (Blueprint), Vice-Chair of the Tallahassee and Leon County Dementia Care and Cure Initiative Advisory Council, City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency, Florida Economics Club, Capital Tiger Bay Club, Florida League of Cities, Florida Municipal Insurance Trust, American Lung Association, Big Bend Continuum of Care, the University of Central Florida’s Center for Community Schools and Child Welfare Innovation Advisory Board & Keep Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful.
Commissioner Ziffer received the 2015 American Lung Association of the Southeast Charles F. Tate award as Volunteer of the Year. In 2006, Commissioner Ziffer was honored by the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce with the community-wide, prestigious Servant Leader of the Year - Distinguished Leadership Award. The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce recognized his company in 1993 with a Small Business Excellence Award. In addition, he and his business partner/wife are also recipients of the Tallahassee Democrat 1997 Business Volunteer of the Year award and the 1992 Tallahassee/Leon County Historic Preservation Society - Residential Rehabilitation/Restoration Award.
Born February 12, 1957, Commissioner Ziffer is one of five children and grew up in Winter Park, FL. He graduated in 1975 from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs. Ziffer continued his education at the University of Florida. He and his wife, Gail Stansberry-Ziffer, married since 1990, have two sons and five grandchildren. Their older son, Blair Graham lives in Durham, NC with his wife and four children. Their younger son, Lee Ziffer and his wife live in New Orleans with one child.
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