Sandy Lighterman is the Film and Entertainment Commissioner for Miami-Dade County. Under her purview is County’s Office of Film & Entertainment. Ms. Lighterman is responsible for the growth and development of the film, television, music, digital media, commercial advertising and still photography industry in Miami-Dade County. In 2017, she created and helped shepherd through the County Commission, one of the first Countywide inducement programs in the wake of the State’s canceled film & entertainment industry tax incentive program.
Ms. Lighterman is the Chief advocate for entertainment production for Miami-Dade County. She markets Miami-Dade County as a premiere filming location, as well as, attracts ancillary businesses and film and television conferences. She is the chief advocate for production-friendly policies on both the local and state level. Her passion lies in fostering the growth of indigenous content creators, as well as, educating and nurturing future generations of filmmakers.
Ms. Lighterman is the Chairperson of the Miami Dade College School of Entertainment and Design Technology Advisory Board Ms. Lighterman serves on other Advisory Boards: Miami Media and Film Market, Florida International University School of Journalism and Slamdance Miami Film festival. Ms. Lighterman is also a participant in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.
And She has received several advocacy awards for her work supporting the industry.
In 2019, she voted in as Vice President of Film Florida, the not-for–profit entertainment production trade association that represents Florida’s film, TV & digital media production industry.
Ms. Lighterman joined the Miami-Dade County Office of Film & Entertainment in 2008, enjoying an extensive and successful 25+ year career as a film and Television producer. Ms. Lighterman brings a wealth of industry experience to her position from producing 200+ music videos and TV commercials, as well as, television series and independent films. In 2007, she retired from her production career in order to stay closer to home and her now grown children. Ms. Lighterman holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Miami.