Bill Diggs named as new Director of Miami Dade Economic Advocacy Trust
William Bill Diggs is elected as the new Executive Director of Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust. MDEAT, since its inception, ensures the equitable participation of Blacks in Miami-Dade County’s economic growth through advocacy and monitoring of economic conditions and economic development initiatives in Miami-Dade County. The organization addresses socioeconomic disparities within the Black community. MDEAT does so by focusing on the individual (i.e. youth and individual family member support), building neighborhoods through the expansion of homeownership, and supporting the foundation of strong Black businesses and economic development via job creation, entrepreneurship, business retention, and expansion. These three gears – family, neighborhood, and business – work together to connect the Black community to resources, funding, and programming that together create whole communities.
In November 2021, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to appoint William Bill Diggs as the new Director to manage and expand MDEAT’s objective. Bill is the former President and CEO of The Broward Health Foundation, the developmental arm of Broward Health, the safety net county hospital system headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Bill was responsible for managing a multimillion-dollar portfolio and ensuring that the hospital met its financial obligations to serve Broward County citizens. He managed several nonprofit initiatives that include capital giving campaigns and events, in-hospital employee recognition programs, naming rights for real property owned by the hospital, and all employee-focused grant programs.
He also served as the president of the Mourning Family Foundation, a group of nonprofit companies that are owned by Alonzo and Tracy Mourning. Bill was the Chief Executive Officer for The Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce, which happens to be Florida’s oldest Chamber of Commerce that focuses on the growth of minority businesses. He laid the foundation for Beta Psi 1923 Foundation at Clark Atlanta University that provides financial assistance to CAU students. He also founded The Young Professionals Network of Miami with the goal of mentoring, recruitment, and retention of young black professionals in the South Florida area.
Bill was selected as the CEO of the Year in 2008 by The South Florida Business Journal, listed as one of Miami’s Top Leaders by Miami Today, and selected by the United States Small Business Administration as the Minority Small Business Champion of the Year in 2011. From 2008 to 2011, he wrote for a syndicated newspaper column that appeared weekly in The Miami Herald.
Apart from his professional ventures, Bill is an avid golfer and jazz enthusiast. He was also the commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2013 at Miami Dade College.