Deborah Bookspan Margol, a native New Yorker, joined the Department in 1986 and has served as Deputy Director since 1992. She collaborates with the director in conceptualizing and developing innovative programs and policies for community cultural development, and oversees cultural initiatives with other departments of Miami-Dade government, municipal, state and federal governmental agencies and the private sector.
Deborah is the Department's chief financial officer, managing its more than $30 million annual operating budget, its direct oversight of $100 million of County capital investments in cultural facilities, and facilitating the County’s more than $450 million investment dedicated through the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond program to building the next generation of Miami-Dade’s cultural venues, from major new museums to theaters and neighborhood arts centers. Deborah is responsible for the development and implementation of local, regional and national multimedia marketing initiatives; manages the financial and programmatic activities of the South Florida Cultural Consortium, a regional coalition of the local arts agencies in Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties; and, as the department’s Public Information Officer, is its media point person. In addition, she serves as liaison to the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Americans for the Arts, the Florida Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, and the Florida Cultural Alliance. Deborah is a regular contributor to South Florida Arts Beat broadcast on WLRN – 91.3 FM. She has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.
Deborah is a graduate with honors of Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Prior to joining the Department of Cultural Affairs, she served as Festival Coordinator of Festival Miami at the University of Miami, as Assistant to the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and as a Management Intern with the National Symphony in Washington, DC.