Nzeribe “Zerry” Ihekwaba

Nzeribe “Zerry” Ihekwaba has been appointed deputy city manager by Miami City Manager Art Noriega.

"Zerry has held leadership roles at the city for more than a decade and his work ethic, integrity and proven track record of success leading various city departments and functions make him the ideal fit for deputy city manager," said Noriega.

In his new role, Ihekwaba will serve as chief of infrastructure and have responsibility for oversight and coordination of various city departments, including building, planning, zoning, capital improvements, and resilience and public works. Ihekwaba has served as assistant city manager since May 2014. He previously served as the city’s chief of operations with charge over the departments of solid waste, general services administration, code compliance, parks and recreation, resilience and public works, Neighborhood Service Centers (formerly NET), and the Office of Film & Entertainment.

Noriega also announced Suzanne S. Hollander as director of the Department of Real Estate Asset Management (DREAM). She is a real estate attorney, professor, speaker and advisor to real estate investment companies. Hollander was also appointed by the U.S. Department of State to its Fulbright Specialist Roster as an “Expert in Real Estate.”

"In adding Suzanne to our team, we are getting a dynamic, highly accomplished real estate expert with incredible knowledge of our community, particularly its complex real estate sector," Noriega said.

Prior to joining the City of Miami, Hollander advised private investors and government entities throughout the U.S. and Latin America on urban and regional development and finance. She's also worked as a professor at Florida International University’s Hollo School of Real Estate, teaching real estate law and leading industry events for more than 11 years.