José Keichi Fuentes has a strong network of contacts and over 30 years of experience working in the government and in the political arena. He is a government relations professional who represents local government, other public bodies and private sector clients in environmental, safety, infrastructure and water resources at the state and local levels.
His client list includes the City of Miami, Homestead, Pinecrest, South Miami, Virginia Gardens, North Miami Beach, Sweetwater, and Miami Springs, to name a few. In the private sector, he represents Hitachi, Wade Trim, ShotSpotter, Atkins, Motorola, Pro Champions, Groupe ADP, Siemens, Mitsubishi and Ygrene/PACE. His extensive lobbying experience at the highest level of local, county and the state has helped him contribute to the passage of numerous legislation. He has also secured funding for the municipalities he represents through the allocation of major infrastructure projects funding. During his time as director of the South Florida Water Management District, Regional Office, Mr. Fuentes was instrumental in securing funds for key water projects Miami-Dade county.
In 2017 Mr. Fuentes was honored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce with the International Governmental Relations Award for his work in continuing to build relationships Japan and Miami. He has been honored by the Diabetes Association with the “Valor Award” for community service, and the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with the “Annual Sunshine Award” as Public Official of the Year. He is included in Who’s Who of Asian Americans and has been featured on numerous occasions in The Miami Herald for his devotion to community service and for his pride in his Cuban/Japanese Heritage. He was a finalist for the Price Waterhouse Up & Comers Award.
Mr. Fuentes’ family background is distinctly unique, he is of Cuban and Japanese descent. His mother and grandparents were interned in the Gila River Camps during WWII, a topic which he speaks to. Mr. Fuentes is an avid marathoner, having participated in over 37 marathons and 39 half marathons.
He is an alum of St. Thomas University in Miami and attended Miami Dade College. Mr. Fuentes is a resident of Miami’s Coconut Grove area.
PROFESSIONAL / COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Recently, he was recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) with a commendation for his work in helping to strengthen the relationship between the U.S., Florida, Japan, and Latin America. Mr. Fuentes is committed to public service as proven through his community, civic and volunteer work. Most recently, he served on the Board of Trustees and was elected Vice Chair of Miami Dade College, the largest and most diverse college in the nation. He has served on the executive board of the Chamber of Commerce and has served as Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Group where he played a key role in engaging the Chamber to support the High-Speed Rail and Miami’s Port Tunnel Project and numerous other Legislative Issues that impact South Florida.
He is a member of the City of Miami’s Mayor’s International Council and has served on the Executive Committee of the Miami-Dade County Republican Party. Mr. Fuentes is past Chairman of both United Home Care Services and the Miami-Dade County Asian-American Advisory Board.
He has been very involved in activities enhancing the relationship between Japan and Miami. He was recently selected as Southeast Regional Chair for the U.S. Japan Council’s Engagement Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Miami Kagoshima Sister Cities Committee and was invited by the Japanese MOFA to participate as a member of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) in 2006. He also serves as an advisor to the Japanese MOFA along with fourteen other Japanese Americans from across the United States. Mr. Fuentes has been fortunate to be a guest of both Governor Jeb Bush and President George Bush in similar related activities. He has lead numerous delegations to Kagoshima, Japan and for the first time in 25 years, the group was accompanied by the City’s Mayor. To further build on this relationship, Mr. Fuentes assisted in the coordination of a trip in which the Miami Marlins visited Kagoshima. Recently, Mr. Fuentes helped coordinate a mission to Tokyo in cooperation with Miami-Dade County’s Office of International Relations. The trip was a first, which included the County Mayor, Commissioners, and Miami-Dade Department Directors. This year he also helped coordinate a transportation trip on Japanese technologies for the Miami-Dade TPO in junction with USJC.