Velma Palmer, Ph.D would like to be your candidate for the South Miami City Commission. She served in the capacities of Commissioner and Vice Mayor from 2004 to 2012. In that time, she ushered in numerous accomplishments for the residents of the City. One of her greatest was to form a housing committee that supported the construction of several affordable homes and subsidized a sizable down payment for first time homeowners.

Dr. Palmer is a retired educator, published author, and Certified Life Coach. She has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Guidance Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She earned a PhD in mathematics from Curtin University of Technology in conjunction with the University of Miami. In her role as public school teacher, she was nominated “Teacher of the Year” by her colleagues in 2000. Throughout her career she has been a mentor, coach, counselor, and educator. She takes a lot of pride in having been a positive force in the lives of the countless numbers of her successful students.

In 2013, Dr. Palmer wrote a book about her life growing up in Jamaica and of coming to the United States to continue her education. For a number of years, she and her family adjusted to their new lives in a foreign country while experiencing two very difficult near-tragedies. Her book, Untold Miracles – An Undeniable Memoir of Faith documents those experiences and the way in which unshakeable faith in God kept her focused. Two major themes of the book are about the belief in one’s abilities and that education is the key to one’s success.

For 28 years, Dr. Palmer has been a resident of South Miami along with her husband Matthew.  

velma and hubby photo

Next year, they will celebrate 50 years together. They are extremely proud of their three successful children and six grandchildren. 

Dr. Palmer’s daily motto in life is, “If I can help someone as I pass along, then my living will not have been in vain.”


Pd. Pol. Adv. by Dr. Velma Palmer for South Miami City Commission, and approved by Dr. Velma Palmer Campaign.