Commissioner Richard Dunn
City of Miami, District 5
Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Dunn served as the President of People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality (P.U.L.S.E.) from May 2006 to 2009, chairman of the Neighbors United for Housing Task Force from January to October 2007 and the President of the African-American Council of Christian Clergy from October 2002 to 2007. He is currently the Senior Pastor at Faith Community Baptist Church.
No stranger to politics, Commissioner Dunn was first appointed to the City of Miami Commission in 1996, making him the youngest African-American to serve.
Commissioner Dunn is currently a member of the Metro Miami Action Plan Board, the Baptist Ministers' Council of Miami and Vicinity, the African-American Council of Christian Clergy, the NAACP, P.U.L.S.E. and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He has also served as a member of the City of Miami Zoning Board, Dade County Code Enforcement Board and the Civilian Investigative Panel. Additionally, he has spoken at more than 100 churches, schools and community functions; and has received more than 50 awards for religious and community service.
Commissioner Dunn was born in New York and moved to Miami with his family as a young child. He lived in the Overtown and Liberty City areas where he attended Miami Northwestern Senior High School and graduated at the top of his class. He later went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and a Master of Divinity Degree in Counseling and Pastoral Care at the Interdenominational Theological Center (I.T.C.) Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta Georgia. He is currently working towards his Doctorate Degree in Ministry.
Commissioner Dunn is the founder of the Word of Life Missionary Baptist Church and Cathedral of Hope Church in Miami, Florida. He has been married to his wife, Daphne Dunn, for more than 20 years, and has two sons Richard P. Dunn III and Brandon Dunn.