Mayor Keith A. James Appoints Melissa Anderson as the LGBTQ+ Liaison

Mayor Keith A. James Appoints Melissa Anderson as the LGBTQ+ Liaison

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June 7, 2023


Diane G. Papadakos, Director of Communications
City of West Palm Beach – Mayor’s Office
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 Mayor Keith A. James Appoints Melissa Anderson as the LGBTQ+ Liaison

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James is pleased to announce the appointment of Melissa Anderson as the Mayor’s LGBTQ+ liaison. In this role, Ms. Anderson will serve as a resource for Mayor James and the public in advocating for LGBTQ+ issues and concerns and in promoting diversity, inclusion and equality in West Palm Beach.

Ms. Anderson is the senior assistant city attorney and is proud to work for a City which embraces and supports the LGBTQ+ community.

Ms. Anderson was born in Fort Lauderdale and has spent most of her life living and practicing law in South Florida. She attended Fort Lauderdale High School and obtained both her undergraduate and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Florida.  She is a West Palm Beach resident with her 12-year-old daughter. Ms. Anderson came out at 17 years old as a lesbian and has been an ‘out and proud’ member of the LGBTQ+ community since that time.

Ms. Anderson succeeds former LGBTQ+ Liaison Rudolph R. Galindo.

“I am pleased to announce Melissa Anderson as the City of West Palm Beach’s LGBTQ+ Liaison,” said Keith A. James. “West Palm Beach is at the forefront of LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion in the state of Florida. I am confident Melissa will do great things in this role for our City and the entire LGBTQ+ community.”

“I would love to volunteer my time to be a LGBTQ+ liaison for the City of West Palm Beach,” said Ms. Anderson. “I am so grateful to cities like West Palm Beach who recognize the value of the LGBTQ+ community. I will bring enthusiasm, humor and a historical perspective to the role.”


About the City of West Palm Beach:
The City of West Palm Beach is a vibrant and dynamic City located on the Atlantic coast of Florida. With a rich history, a thriving arts and cultural scene, and a commitment to sustainability, the City of West Palm Beach is a great place to live, work, and play. As one of the three largest cities making up the South Florida region, and the central City of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach is a vibrant, growing, waterfront City that offers the business advantages available in the region, combined with a more refined and relaxed environment for living and working. To learn more about the City of West Palm Beach, visit us on our official website, or follow us on our social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or Linked-in.


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