District 2 Commission, Gloria J. Battle

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Gloria J. Battle, a native Floridian was born in Deerfield Beach, Florida to Eugene and Joyce Battle (both deceased). Her grandparents, Hamon and Prolene Thompson were Deerfield Pioneers from Cat Island, Bahamas

She received her formative education in the Broward County school system having graduated from Blanche Ely High School in 1967. Her Bachelors of Arts degree was earned at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC in 1972. In 1976 she earned the Masters of Urban Studies degree with a concentration in Community Development from Howard University. As a Ph.D., candidate she completed coursework for the Doctoral Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Governmental Leadership at The Florida State University.

Gloria is the adoptive mother of one daughter, Britnye. Her four sisters (Dorothy, Lyvon, Pauline and Gail) all reside in Broward County. She also has one brother (Eugene).

In 1987 she was asked by the Florida Association of Realtors to assist them with the passage of a housing discrimination law for the State of Florida. Because of her efforts, the State of Florida Fair Housing Law was enacted in 1988. Before retiring Ms. Battle held numerous professional positions. She was appointed Director of the Cultural and Human Interaction Center at Florida International University in 1979. In 1981 she was hired as Director of the Broward County Human Rights Division and remained in that position until she retired in 2000 and became a Human Rights Consultant specializing in writing, investigating and mediating employment and housing discrimination complaints. In 2008 Ms. Battle went back to work as a Senior Partnership Specialist for the United States Census Bureau.

Ms. Battle served on numerous State, National and International human rights boards and committees, the first Deerfield Beach Community Relations Board, and the Deerfield Beach Ethics Committee. She served as an interim Commissioner for District 2 in 2009, and also served as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, District 92. In addition to her continuing volunteer work in Broward County, she is currently, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church.