Professor Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor was born in Haiti. He is a professor in the Department of Public Administration of the College of Arts and Sciences. He has authored six books, has edited or co-edited six others and contributed chapters to numerous other books. He has also published numerous articles on issues of development administration, organizational behavior, comparative public administration, and ethics and government, in professional research journals in the United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Belgium, Great Britain, the Netherlands, India, South Korea, Poland, and China. His latest book, Strategies for Urban Development in Leipzig, Germany: Harmonizing Planning and Equity, was published by Springer in January 2014.
Professor Garcia-Zamor has held a variety of senior positions in major international organizations and in the private sector. He has served as Controller of the Inter-American Development Bank, Senior Specialist in Public Administration at the Organization of American States, President of the International Development Group, Inc., a 25-member Washington-based international consulting firm. He has also worked in Latin America and in Africa as a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations and the United States Agency for International Development. Prior to joining FIU’s faculty in 1990, Dr. Garcia-Zamor taught at Howard University in Washington, D.C., at the University of Texas at Austin, and at the Brazilian School of Public Administration in Rio de Janeiro. He was designated an Honorary Professor (Honorarprofessor) in the Institute of Politics at Leipzig University in Germany where he has been teaching and doing research every summer from 1999 to 2013.
Dr. Garcia-Zamor is also an active participant in community affairs in South Florida. He was a member of the Board of Directors of several local organizations including the Alliance Franҫaise of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the Art Center/South Florida, the Miami Beach Concert Association and the International United Black Fund, Inc. He was also a member of the Alliance for Ethical Government, an organization of government, universites, and business people to monitor ethical compliance in Miami-Dade County government and businesses that preceded the creation of the Miami Dade County Commission on Ethics. He subsequently served as a member of the Ethics Commission of the Miami-Dade School Board. During the two years he served in the Commission, a Code of Ethics was drafted and later approved by the Miami-Dade School Board. He is presently serving in the Board of Directors of The Ancient Spanish Monastery that is located in North Miami.