Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr.

Manny Diaz, Jr. currently serves as the Education Commissioner of Florida. He began his career as a social studies teacher and baseball coach in the Miami-Dade County public school system in 1994. He later served as an assistant principal until he became the chief operating officer at Doral College. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012, serving as chairman of the Education Choice and Innovation Committee and the PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee. In 2018, he was elected to the Florida Senate, serving as chairman of the Education Committee. He has sponsored numerous educational initiatives during his legislative career. Commissioner Diaz received his bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University, a master’s degree in education from Nova Southeastern University, and completed a Harvard Graduate School of Education program for principals.