BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
SAVE Dade on Tuesday night selected Miami Science Museum Vice President Tony Lima as its new executive director.
"SAVE is an organization I really, really believe in," said Lima, who on Sept. 2 will begin directing Miami-Dade County's largest gay-rights organization. "I’ve been involved for four years now. I've been on the board for three years. I've become really ingrained in the issues."
Lima, 39, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Florida State University and has completed Masters of Science coursework in Integrated Communications at Florida International University. In 2012, he completed the Miami Foundation Fellows program.
Brickell Magazine recently selected Lima as one of the Top 20 Professionals Under 40 in Miami.
After working as an account group supervisor at GolinHarris communications in Miami, Lima joined the science museum in 2007.
He has led the museum's marketing, communications and sales efforts, including the capital campaign and construction of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science at Museum Park. He also founded and managed the Miami Science Museum Young Patrons group.
His last day with the museum is Friday.
Lima succeeds C.J. Ortuño, SAVE Dade's executive director for five years who resigned in June to take a development job with City University of New York law school.
SAVE Dade's board met Tuesday and formally chose Lima as the new executive director.
"Tony is a natural leader," said Joseph Falk, SAVE Dade's former board chairman who led the group's search committee for a new executive director. "His passion, intelligence and drive will represent the LGBT community very well."
Lima said his immediate goal as new executive director will be to raise awareness of SAVE Dade throughout Miami-Dade County, not just in the cities of Miami Beach and Miami.
"My goal is to expand and educate as much as possible," he said. "I want to go north, I want to go south, I want to go west and I want to speak to as many people as I can in Spanish, as well."