Mayor Matthew A. Pigatt
The Mayor is the presiding officer at the Commission meetings and a voting member of the City Commission. The Mayor executes all ordinances and resolutions, issues proclamations on behalf of the City, and serves as the highest ranking official of the city government.
The Mayor in conjunction with the City Commission appoints the City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk. The Mayor welcomes any comments, questions, or concerns you might have.
Mayor Matthew A. Pigatt became a homeowner in Opa-locka in 2012 after returning home from college. Mayor Pigatt was the first in his family of 29 aunties, uncles, and cousins and their children to go away to college, his mother was the first receive a college degree. It was important to him to come back home to his community after leaving for school.
Mayor Pigatt entered Morehouse College on academic probation, yet secured over $100,000 in competitive scholarships, prestigious fellowships, international research training programs, and high-level internships. While at Morehouse, he produced national award-winning research at University of California, Berkeley and Emory University on high-achieving Black men. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and Psychology with the highest distinctions from both departments.
Mayor Pigatt began his community engagement while at Morehouse. He tutored and served as mentor to local schools and community programs, founded two organizations on campus, served in all executive board positions for multiple organizations, and organized one of the largest marches in Morehouse’s history since the Civil Rights Movement for the Jena Six, which sparked the national media attention for the movement.
After college, Mayor Pigatt interned on Capital Hill in Washington, DC for Congressman Kendrick Meek through the Congressional Black Caucus. He worked at American Institute for Research managing successful multi-million dollar proposals and budgets. Upon returning home to Miami, Mayor Pigatt worked as a community organizer for People Acting for Community Together (P.A.C.T.) establishing the Juvenile Justice Committee which helped eliminate out-of-school suspension in Miami-Dade County.
Currently, Mayor Pigatt chairs the premier mentoring program for boys in South Florida, the 100 Black Men of South Florida Leadership Academy, the same program that saved his life as a child. He is the founder of the annual South Florida HBCU Picnic, founder of the Sankofa Cypher: A Black History, Culture, and Thought Group, and author of The Academic Hustle: The Ultimate Game Plan for Scholarships, Fellowships, and Job Offers. Through The Academic Hustle, Mayor Pigatt has helped thousands of students secure millions in funding to attend school and develop their career.
For his outstanding community achievements, Mayor Pigatt has been recognized as one of South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Leaders, Legacy Magazine’s 40 under 40, The Miami Times’ New Generation of Dreamers, BMe Community Genius, Broward Public School’s Mentor of the Year, and Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders.