- The City of West Palm Beach is divided into 5 districts. Each has its own commissioner.
- Commissioners are elected into office during city-wide elections.
- Each commissioner can be reached via email and phone calls to their commission offices.
- View a full organizational chart of City Government
- View a map of the districts
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Kelly Shoaf, District 1 Commissioner
Term: 2019 - 2020
Phone: 561-822-1390 | Email: email@example.com
Kelly Shoaf was elected to the West Palm Beach City Commission, District 1 on March 13, 2018 and sworn into office on April 5, 2018.
Kelly lives in West Palm Beach’s Old Northwood neighborhood and has called our city home for over 12 years. Kelly is actively involved in our community serving as a member and volunteer with many local organizations and charities.
Kelly is the former Secretary of the Old Northwood Neighborhood Association, as well as former Board member of the West Palm 100, Palm Beach County Gator Club, Palm Beach Road Runners and has served on committees for the Marathon of the Palm Beaches and Dreyfoos in White.
A passionate local advocate, Kelly has volunteered her time with the Kaleidoscope Multi-Cultural Fair, SunFest, Grassy Waters Preserve Native Plant Sale, International Coastal Clean Up Day, Urban Youth Impact Back to School Blast and Paint Your Heart Out Palm Beach County.
On the City Commission, Kelly is focused on making West Palm Beach a great place to call home. She is committed to working with our community and first responders to improve public safety, make West Palm Beach an inviting place to work by creating new, high-paying jobs, supporting existing local businesses and identifying solutions to transportation and mobility issues.
Kelly has a degree in Business and Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh and has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Florida. A native of western Pennsylvania growing up in Sarver, a small town north of Pittsburgh, Kelly was excited to leave the snow behind when she moved to West Palm Beach. Kelly is an active lover of the outdoors and avid runner having completed several local and national half marathons.
Cory Neering, District 2 Commissioner
Term: 2019 - 2021
Phone: 561-822-1390 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Cory Neering is connected to the people he serves and the challenges they face every day. Cory is a native son of West Palm Beach. Professionally, he serves as Vice President of External Affairs for Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida.
Mr. Neering’s public service does not end with his elective office. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, Board Chair for the Healthy Start Coalition of Palm Beach County. He serves as Commission Liaison for the West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the West Palm Beach Housing Authority Board.
Mr. Neering has been recognized with awards such as the Simpson Memorial United Methodist “Man of Character Award,” New Leaders Council Leadership Award and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority “Men of Excellence Award.”
Mr. Neering holds a B.A. in Sociology and a Masters in Science in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College in Massachusetts.
Commissioner Cory M. Neering was sworn in to office on April 2, 2015.
Cory and his wife LaToya have two children.
Richard Ryles, District 3 Commissioner
Term: 2019 - 2020
Phone: 561-822-1390 | Email: Commissioner Ryles
Born in West Palm Beach, Commissioner Richard A. Ryles is an attorney and named shareholder at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles, where he specializes in personal injury and wrongful death.
Commissioner Ryles earned a football scholarship to the University of Illinois and played in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, in what was legendary University of Alabama Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s last game. Ryles attended Howard University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate.
After graduation, Ryles returned back home to Palm Beach County to begin his career in law and public service, as he knew he wanted to help his community and be a mentor to those less fortunate. Since, he has gained experience in the fields of personal injury, trial advocacy, premises liability, and negligent security. Ryles’ work advocating on behalf of victims and earning multi-million dollar judgements on behalf of clients has been featured in countless publications including: The New York Times, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, People Magazine and San Jose Mercury News.
Commissioner Ryles’ commitment extends far beyond the courtroom. He is the current President of the Democratic Black Caucus of Palm Beach County and Former President of the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association. He has also served as Chairman of the City of West Palm Beach Housing Authority. Commissioner Ryles is co-founder of All Real Men Read, an organization formed to impact literacy, especially for African American males. He is a member of Pride of Palm Beach #447 Masonic Lodge and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Commissioner Ryles’ personal mottos is, “To whom much is given, much is expected in return.”
Commissioner Ryles s the father of three adult children, Tomirror, Randall and Richard Ryles, Jr.
Joseph Peduzzi, District 4 Commissioner
Term: 2019 - 2021
Phone: 561-822-1390 Email: Joseph Peduzzi
Joseph Peduzzi was sworn into office on April 4, 2019, by the Honorable Sarah Willis, Circuit Judge.
Commissioner Peduzzi’s district, the largest in terms of land mass, includes the beautiful Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve, 23 square miles of pristine wetlands; an ecosystem of native wildlife and the source of fresh water for the City of West Palm Beach and the Towns of Palm Beach and South Palm Beach.
In addition to his commitment to protect our valuable natural resources, Commissioner Peduzzi has demonstrated a life-long commitment to public service. He cares deeply about the City, and he is moved by the concerns of his constituents. He has pledged to find solutions to violent crime and homelessness. He envisions a City where everyone feels safe in every neighborhood.
Prior to holding elective office, Commissioner Peduzzi was a former member of the City’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Vice Chair of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, and Chair of the Nuisance Abatement Board.
Commissioner Peduzzi currently serves as the City’s representative to the National League of Cities, the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Criminal Justice Commission’s Reentry Task Force, and is the Commission Liaison to the City’s Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. As the District 4 Commissioner, he is also an Honorary Member of the Grassy Waters Conservancy.
Professionally, Commissioner Peduzzi is a personal injury lawyer. His office is located on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, where Joe serves as President of his office condominium association. Joe has has been awarded the prestigious “AV” Rating from Martindale Hubble, the highest rating possible for legal ability and ethics, and is Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Joe has served on numerous other charitable and civic boards, including Secretary of the Ibis Property Owners Association, President of the North Palm Beach Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc., and as a board member of both an animal rescue and an adolescent substance abuse treatment facility.
Commissioner Peduzzi is particularly proud of his volunteer work in the field of public safety. For almost 20 years, Joe served the citizens of North Palm Beach as a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT, and a Reserve Police Officer. A Life Member of his department, Joe was promoted through the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain and ultimately the top volunteer position of Deputy Fire Chief & Chief of Volunteers, prior to retirement from active duty. Joe has received numerous awards and commendations, including the Award for Outstanding & Devoted Service, and has received both the Firefighter of the Year and Police Officer of the Month awards.
Commissioner Peduzzi graduated from Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, and received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Loyola University in New Orleans. He attended law school at Nova Southeastern University, graduating with a Juris Doctorate, and is currently working towards the Public Leadership Credential, “PLC,” at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the Florida Bar, in good standing.
Commissioner Peduzzi lives in Ibis with his wife, Erin, a former teacher and current law student, and his daughters Julia, 9, and Alexa, 6.
Christina Lambert, District 5 Commissioner
Term: 2018 - 2020
Phone: 561-822-1390 Email: Christina Lambert
Christina Lambert was sworn into office as West Palm Beach City Commissioner for District 5 on April 5, 2018. Christina is a longtime community activist who has dedicated most of her life to public service. A natural problem solver, Christina brings energy and innovative ideas to address local needs.
Christina is a Productivity Strategist where she works with local CEOs and business professionals on improving their corporate businesses practices, including implement better organizational policies, increasing efficiencies and streamlining internal procedures.
Christina is the former President and CEO of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. The foundation is the lead philanthropic organization for the PBC School District, the 11th largest school district in the country. Overseeing an annual multi-million-dollar budget, Christina was responsible for day to day operations and the strategic long-term development of the foundation. During her time with the foundation, Christina oversaw an increase in private funding to support local schools and launch new programs that helped teachers and students.
Prior to the Education Foundation, Christina served as Executive Director of Leadership Palm Beach County, the county’s premier leadership program. Christina brought together leaders from across Palm Beach County to look at local issues, including jobs and economic development, education, homelessness and public safety.
Christina’s background in bridging government and the local community through public-private partnerships has helped her make a positive impact in the lives of the families and communities she has been a part of.
Christina has been a member of numerous community organizations such as Leadership Florida, Leadership PBC, Economic Council of Palm Beach, Business Development Board, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Forum Club, Economic Forum, SunFest, Nonprofits First, 211 Crisis Line of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast, Grassy Waters Conservancy and the West Palm 100.
Christina is frequent guest lecturer and speaker at local schools and universities, Chambers of Commerce and media outlets to discuss leadership initiatives and policies.
Christina attended public schools, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Business with High Honors from the University of Florida and has a Master of Arts in Corporate Communication and Technology from Rollins College.
Christina, her husband Monte, and son Noah live in the southend of West Palm Beach.