Haile, Esq., is the General Counsel and Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs for Broward College. Mr. Haile was educated at the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a
Scholar and served as the Editor in-Chief of the National Black Law Journal and as an Editor of the Journal on Gender and Law. At Arizona State University, he graduated
laude and was selected from among more than 13,000 students as the most outstanding undergraduate in his college. Mr. Haile joined Broward College after starting his legal career as a corporate litigator. Further, Mr. Haile teaches a 4 credit course in Higher Education Law and Policy at Harvard University (Summer School). He previously served as an adjunct professor with Broward College teaching Business Law and Ethics and Miami Dade College teaching Business Law. He is also a fellow of the Vanderbilt University Higher Education Management Institute.
In 2011, Mr. Haile became the first in-house chief legal counsel for Broward College, which has approximately 4,000 employees and approximately 63,000 students. He oversees broad-ranging legal issues relating to tax, immigration, employment, labor, copyright, real estate, construction, tenure, FERPA, and numerous other areas. He has also developed and oversees Broward College's centralized compliance committee serving in partnership with more than a dozen divisions throughout Broward College. Further, he oversees all local, statewide, and federal government affairs for Broward College, including advocating before local political leaders, state legislators, and members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to enhance their understanding of higher education issues, the impact of potential or pending legislation on institutions of higher education, and the impact of Broward College on the community at-large. He has developed relationships resulting in visits from leaders from U.S. Presidential administrations, as well as other national and statewide political leaders from both major political parties. He also helps Broward College develop and prioritize its policy agenda and he co-leads community engagement efforts, including serving as the conduit between Broward College and local, statewide, and national organizations with shared interests. Mr. Haile also spends significant time serving the community-at-large. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board for Free the Slaves (a Washington DC based NGO established to eradicate slavery throughout the world), serves on the Board of Leadership Florida, serves as the chief liaison between the Chancellor for the Florida College System and the graduates of the Chancellor's Leadership Seminar, and he co-chairs and co-founded the Arizona State University Alumni Group of Florida. He has also chaired and served on numerous other boards.
Senior Executive Assistant
Sheila Martinez is the Senior Executive Assistant in the Office of Public Policy and Government Affairs. Ms. Martinez obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University and her paralegal certificate from Florida Atlantic University. She joined Broward College in August 2014 with considerable experience in local government. She spent 20 years at Miami Dade County starting in the Contract Coordination Office where she was tasked with streamlining and designing processes for the construction contract award process. She was promoted to Director of the Contract Review and Compliance Division with the Department of Business Development where she developed, implemented and managed a contract compliance program. In March of 2006, the County Manager requested Ms. Martinez to serve on a management assessment team (MAT) for the purpose of assessing and implementing change at the Miami Dade Housing Agency. Ms. Martinez finished her career with the County in the Community and Economic Development department as the Senior Executive Assistant to the Department Director while also serving as the Acting Director of the Community and Economic Development division. Her community volunteerism includes serving as a member of the Miami Dade County Affordable Housing Loan Committee, the Miami Dade County Living Wage Advisory Board, and WLRN Public Radio where she was a "radio reader" for the Radio Reading Services for the seeing impaired. Sheila has one son and lives in Fort Lauderdale.