Lee R. Feldman
Senior Advisor for Local Government Strategy, Zencity
Lee R. Feldman, ICMA-CM retired, is the Senior Advisor for Local Government Strategy at Zencity and a Principal with The Euclid Group. Prior to joining Zencity, Mr. Feldman was employed by the City of Gainesville, Florida, where he served as City Manager from November 2019 through November 2021. He previously served as the City Manager of the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he served as City Manager from June 2011 through December 2018, and Palm Bay Florida, from October 2002 until June 2011, and North Miami, Florida, from May 1996 to October 2002. Mr. Feldman’s career also includes serving as Deputy City Manager for the City of North Miami and as Assistant City Manager and Assistant to the City Manager for the City of North Miami Beach. He has served as a Supply Corps Officer in the United States Naval Reserve from 1987 to 2002.
Mr. Feldman is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. He earned a Master’s Degree in Governmental Administration from the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania where he has also been appointed as a Distinguished Alumni Fellow. In addition, he is a graduate of the Senior Executive in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2018, Mr. Feldman was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. His numerous professional affiliations included serving as a President of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA); and currently as a member of the Board of Directors of MissionSquare Retirement and a member of the Board of the National Civic League (All America Cities).
Mr. Feldman previously served as a Vice President (Southeast Region) of ICMA; as President of the Florida City and County Management Association; as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Innovation (AFI); and as a member of the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency National Advisory Council. He is a past recipient of the Florida League of Cities’ "City Manager of the Year" Award. Additionally, he has served as the past chair of the National League of Cities’ City Futures Panel on Public Finance; the past chair of the ICMA Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee; the past chair of the ICMA Sustainable Communities Advisory Committee; the past tri-chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium; as well as a member of the ICMA Task Force on Community Tools for Ending Racism; a member of the National League of Cities Public Sector Retirement Advisory Committee and the Public Safety and Crime Prevention and Advocacy Steering Committee.
Mr. Feldman teaches newly elected municipal officials the principles of finance and taxation in Florida and is frequently called upon to speak to professional groups on a variety of municipal issues.