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Shirley D. Lanier, Chairperson

As a native resident representing District 3 in Riviera Beach and current Health Planner for Palm Beach County, Councilwoman Shirley Lanier is dedicated to community development, economic self-sufficiency, and job creation. She brings to the Council her 20+ years of experience in strategic planning and implementation, housing advocacy, youth service programs and community sustainability. 

Councilwoman Lanier has a plethora of specifically designed strategies to put into action for Departments in the City that will be used as guidelines and protocols for the use of local funding. The broad range of projects she plans to carry out while serving Riviera Beach includes, community partnerships, family support models, and promoting employment development. All of which are critical and will directly stimulate the City’s economy. 

In 2008, Lanier founded her own company Lanier & Lanier Enterprises, Inc. which helps create opportunities for grassroots organizations within Palm Beach County. This company is a direct influence of her extensive experience in managing social programs that ultimately transcend the cultural differences within diverse backgrounds of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds.

During her tenure as a constant community activist she has acquired 15+ years of experience in managing, monitoring, and evaluating outcome-based programs and performance-based contracts. In 2016 The Health Planning Council of Florida recognized Councilwoman Lanier and awarded her Chair of the Orange County Health Planning Council. The mission of the Local Health Council is to improve the health of Florida residents by promoting access to affordable, quality healthcare services at the local level. She proudly executed the responsibilities for regional healthcare planning which includes focusing on needs assessments, trend analysis, best practices research, policy development and program design and implementation. 

The Riviera Beach native attended Lincoln elementary, John F. Kennedy middle school and received her high school diploma from Suncoast Community High School. Councilwoman went on to receive her secondary education at Thee Florida A&M University. She earned her (B.S) and (M.S.) in Psychology with a focus in community psychology and African American studies.

When she is not hard at work on the front lines of bettering her community, she enjoys having meaningful conversations with the people of Riviera Beach to attain better ideas on how she can make a difference. Councilwoman Lanier wants what is best for the people living in Riviera Beach.  She believes that Economic Development paired with Social Sustainability is at the heart of a thriving community.  She has one adult daughter who has also graduated from Florida A&M University. 


Contact Information


City of Riviera Beach
600 W. Blue Heron Boulevard
Legislative Office
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
Office: (561) 845-4095


Shannel Gordon

Legislative Aide

Office: (561) 845-3443

Cell:    (561) 602-2344



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