Since his election in 2013, Commissioner Grieco has maintained his election pledge for independent thought and availability. Michael even took his City Hall office door off the hinges his first week in office as a symbol of transparency in government. In his first years in office, Grieco has focused his efforts on both big and small ticket items ranging from environmental initiatives to citywide traffic solutions and further improvements to education. Michael continues to fight for the disenfranchised and voiceless members of our community by putting residents’ quality of life above all. Michael has become known as the voice on the dais not afraid to talk about tough issues, including homelessness, refocusing the meaning of Memorial Day weekend and public safety.
Michael has a 8-year-old son who he considers his main motivation to seek local office. He wants his son to grow up in a city he is proud of, and he was worried that Miami Beach was headed in the wrong direction due to lack of true leadership. Michael has lived in condos in both historic Flamingo Park and on West Avenue, as well as a pre-1942 single family home in Mid-Beach before settling South of Fifth about nine years ago.
As a community leader Michael previously sat on the Board of Directors for the South of Fifth Neighborhood Association. He currently sits on the Board of Governors for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the President’s Cabinet for the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. Michael is a long-time Mount Sinai Hospital Young Founder and SAVE Young Guardian, and previously served on multiple city boards before being elected to the Commission. Commissioner Grieco is a perpetual philanthropist, as he has organized and/or acted as title sponsor for multiple causes including Miami Children’s Museum, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as well as both the Mount Sinai and Miami Children’s Hospitals. In 2015 Michael proudly founded Miami Beach Kids First, a non-profit organization strictly focused on the well-being and education of the children in our city.
Following his undergraduate career in Washington, DC, during which he worked in both the US Congress and at C-SPAN, he moved to the greater Miami area in 1997 and soon after moved to and fell in love with Miami Beach. After graduating the University of Miami School Of Law in 1999, Michael started his legal career as a Miami-Dade Assistant State Attorney. As a prosecutor he learned about not only the rule of law, but its application throughout the county. Michael excelled in the office, spending a majority of his six years focused on Gang and Narcotics enforcement before becoming a supervising Felony Division Chief in 2005. Michael then opened his law practice in 2007, choosing to become a small business owner. He has since built a successful boutique trial practice focused on criminal defense and victim advocacy and can be seen regularly on MSNBC and CNN opining on legal issues and high profile trials.