Minority and Small Business Enterprise Manager
"As democracy’s college, Miami Dade College changes lives through accessible, high-quality teaching and learning experiences. The College embraces its responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural and civic leader for the advancement of our diverse global community."
Sheldon L. Edwards is the Minority and Small Business Enterprise (MSBE) Manager for Miami Dade College (MDC). MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the most highly regarded colleges in the nation. For over 21 years, Sheldon has worked as a Minority Business Officer for Supplier Diversity. He began his duties with the college in April 2008. His responsibilities span many areas ranging from conducting outreach programs and workshops; compliance with federal laws; and developing policies and strategies regarding minority and small owned businesses. Sheldon developed MDC’s first ever Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) Program and Policy.
Sheldon, who is originally from Washington, D.C., worked for one of the largest water and wastewater companies in the nation, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) for 20 years. While there, Sheldon was instrumental in establishing a Small, Local Business Enterprise and Supplier Diversity Program that contributed to small local businesses receiving over $13 million dollars in contracts during its first year. Prior to his work at WSSC, Sheldon also spent ten years in banking as a bank manager for Bank of America.
Sheldon was an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Washington, D.C. And he helped develop programs for the communities and advised the city council on many programs for youth. He also found time to serve as a PTA President, on school boards’ advisory committees and local chambers of commerce.
While here in Miami Florida he is involved in many community and professional organizations, including Miami Dade Economic Advisory Trust (MDEAT, 1st Vice Chair), Miami Dade Public Schools (MDCPS), Diversity, Equity and Excellence Advisory Committee (DEEAC), former board member Florida Association of Minority Business Enterprise Officers (FAMBEO) and Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) of Florida Board of Directors) and is a member of different Chamber offices and small business associations.
Sheldon holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from the University of the District of Columbia, and attended the University of Maryland, Graduate School of Public Policy as a Mid-Career Fellows Member.