Dr. Ighodaro is an educator with a solid background in public management, urban justice, urban education, curricula design and implementation of best practice methodologies, educational public policy and the intervention and resolution of school and community based conflict.
He holds a Ph. D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University (2007). He graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Justice Administration from St. Thomas University (2000) and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Memorial University (1997).
A former Miami Dade Council Public School Teacher and Chief of Staff to School Board Member Dr. Robert Ingram, he serves as the Miami-Dade School District’s Administrator for the Ingram Africa School Alliance (IASA) “Rites of Passage” Project and leads a delegation of students, teachers and parents on the district’s annual excursion and student exchange opportunities with schools in Africa.
As Executive Director of the Dr. Robert B. Ingram Foundation, he oversees the organization’s signature READ to LEAD program and has awarded over 5000 scholarships to students in Miami Dade County Public Schools (scholarships entitles students to an all-expense paid 2 day, 1 night educational excursion of Black history sites and culminates in one of Florida’s major theme parks).
He serves as Professor of Criminal Justice at Florida Memorial University and he is the Provost of Oracle Institute, a dispute systems design and conflict resolution think tank and he is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.
An often herald speaker on youth and non-violent engagement, he the author of the groundbreaking publication Curriculum Violence: America’s New Civil Rights Issue (2010). Nova Science Publishers.
He is an accomplished civic-community leader and a public administrator. He has been recognized by legacy magazine as one of 50 most powerful Blacks in the South Florida community (2016). He is a recipient of numerous awards; he received the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Hall of Honor Award (2016), Miami Dade County Triumphant Award (2017), the Miami Dade County “Pillars Award” (2012) and the prestigious Bryant Gumble/UNCF Scholarship (1996). He is an NAIA Academic All-American. He is an Alpha Kappa Mu Honorary Scholar and an Omega Scholar of the year (1996).
He is past President of the Rotary Club of Opa-Locka, a former candidate for Miramar City Commission, he hosts an annual violence prevention seminar for law enforcement practitioners in municipalities including Miramar, Opa-Locka and West Park.
A former President of the Nigerian American Foundation, he is a member of Edo Association of Florida; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Miami Dade County International Trade Advisory Board; Miami Dade County Public School’s 5000 Role Model of Excellence Project, a nationally acclaimed youth mentorship initiative; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and an Associate Pastor at Mt. Zion AME Church, Miami Gardens.
He has worked with diverse political constituencies in the Miami Dade and Broward communities and was appointed (2012) by Mayor Oliver Gilbert to serve on the Miami Gardens City Council, at-Large Seat 6 and was subsequently elected (2014) with the highest vote count in the history of the city. On the council he has established himself as a trailblazer and consensus builder. He has championed commemorative events for Haitians, Hispanics and hosts the city’s annual Black history and 4th of July independence day celebration. A promoter of inclusion he has pioneered the city’s efforts for special needs population and the city’s own Special Olympics. He hosts the city’s annual Stand Against Violence It’s Our Responsibility (S.A.V.I.O.R.) community violence and crime prevention initiative and holds a monthly community and town hall meeting “UniTea in the Gardens” and he recently sponsored resolution to host the city’s first radio show Miami Gardens Grio Radio.
An advocate for small businesses he established the business of the month recognition program and was an architect for the city’s Business and Resident Economic (BREP) Plan.
A lifelong community servant, he believes in the “family as the corner stone for community building” and he has been a vanguard for the city’s family Day celebration.
He is married to former Ms. Shannan Hanna and they have twin daughters Esosa and Idia.