My work, My success...

Professional Background

Tanya Wilson, AICP is a certified Urban Planner and veteran public speaker with over 19 successful years in the field of Urban Planning and Community Development at the City, County and Regional agency level, with a track record of proven leadership. Her knowledge and technical expertise as a senior executive is most evident in areas such as: comprehensive planning, master plan developments, organizational management, strategic visioning, and team building.  Tanya’s extensive professional experience has allowed her to gain valuable insight in the community development field, both locally within the United States as well as internationally with her work in China.  

Tanya’s ability to think global and gain international appeal is evident in her successful engineering of the City’ of North Miami’s Chinatown Cultural Arts and Innovation District, attracting additional foreign direct investment into the City and establishing the first designated economic development district centered around Chinese culture, arts, and innovation in the State of Florida. 

Educational Achievement

Tanya earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, FL and her Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. She is also an AICP certified Urban Planner, and a member of the American Planning Association.

Recognition and Awards

As a result of Tanya’s visionary leadership, the City won the 2018 Beacon Council Award for Best Business Climate and Policy Initiative and earned the 2019 Florida Green Building Coalition Award for highest ranking Silver Certified Local Government and 2019 IEDC Award for innovative economic development practices. 

Tanya was selected as a 2019 Urban Land Institute Leadership Institute fellow and successfully completed the prestigious 8 month leadership and professional development program. 

int he Fall of 2019 Tanya was honored with the milestone award by the Jamaican American Chamber of Commerce for her many achievements in the field of Urban Planning as well as her stellar service to the public sector.



“My inspiration comes from my faith in God, my family and core of amazing friends. My family hails from Jamaica and has had many years of personal and professional investment in the South Florida economy, spanning back 80 years. I had the opportunity to share our family’s story on NPR, as part of the Folk & Acoustic Music segment on WLRN, July 2019. Hope my story inspires you to search deep and explore your own roots. Click link below”