Douglas Yoder has served Miami-Dade County for more than fifty years as an employee and currently as a volunteer advisor to the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department.  For nearly 30 years he worked with the Environmental Resources Management Department overseeing air quality management, water management and protection programs, regulation of utilities, and environmental restoration of Biscayne Bay, the Everglades system, and environmentally endangered lands.  For the past 18 years he served as Deputy Director of the Water and Sewer Department, the largest utility in Florida and the southeastern United States.  He has overseen planning, regulatory compliance and operations of the Department, and since his retirement in 2020 has been a volunteer advisor.  He chaired the Florida Local Environmental Resource Agencies (FLERA), served as a Presidential appointee on the National Drinking Water Advisory Council for eight years, advising the EPA Administrator on drinking water policies, has served on the boards of The Water Research Foundation, the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and has testified before the Florida Legislature and Congress on various drinking water and water resource issues.  He was the lead negotiator with EPA on the County’s on-going Consent Agreement with EPA to update aging sewer infrastructure throughout the County.  He was the County’s lead staff person on climate change and greenhouse gas emission reductions starting in 1989 and leading to the major programs now in place to deal with climate change, sea level rise, and resiliency.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Cornell University and master’s and doctoral degrees in public administration from Nova Southeastern University, where he taught for two years while completing his degrees.  He has lived in Coral Gables for more than fifty years and currently chairs the City’s Waterways Advisory Board.