Carlos A. Manrique is a retired administrator of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, where he held the position of District Supervisor for School Operations, overseeing the Division of Adult & Workforce Development Education.

Prior to joining the public-school system, Mr. Manrique worked with the Florida Legislature in various capacities over the course of 10 years – finally as a member of the Florida House of Representatives. As Representative for House District 115 (1992-1994), Mr. Manrique’s track record in passing legislation resulted in his appointment as House minority lead for K-12 education, which at the time included adult literacy and vocational training. Mr. Manrique was also elected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Hispanic Caucus.

From 2006-08, he served as Chair of an inter-agency Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee created by the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Commission to review re-entry needs and services for ex-offenders. Mr. Manrique also served as Chairman for Miami-Dade County Community Council 10 Zoning Appeals Board.

Mr. Manrique was born in Cuba and raised in Miami, where he graduated from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. He has a bachelor’s degree from Miami-Dade College, also attended Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina and subsequently served as an auxiliary Special Agent for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He is married to Violet Moreno-Manrique, his wife of twenty-eight years, has one son Carlos O. Manrique, two Stepsons Frank and Jorell Hernandez, and four grandsons Carlos Alfredo, Adam Clark, Nicolas (Nico), and Allison Kate.