Mayor Philip Stoddard was first elected to office in 2010 and is currently serving his fifth term as Mayor of South Miami. In 2015 Mayor Stoddard was appointed by the White House to the Governance Coordinating Committee of the National Ocean Council where he developed national policy for sea level rise. In 2016 Mayor Stoddard was named by Politico Magazine to the Politico-50 “guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016”. He was named the Green Municipal Official for 2016 by the Florida Green Building Coalition. Miami New Times named Mayor Stoddard the “Best Politician of 2017”. The Florida Sierra Club gave Dr. Stoddard the 2017 Osprey Award, “presented for extraordinary effort by a governmental staff person to promote or effect changes in policy or practice to protect or preserve Florida's environment.” In 2018, he was appointed to The CLEO Institute Expert Advisory Council.
Dr. Stoddard has been a professor of biology at Florida International University since 1992. A big proponent of renewable energy, his house and car are powered by the sun. Mayor Stoddard has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, National Geographic, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Stern, The Bond Buyer, NPR, PRI, BBC, MSNBC, and numerous documentaries including National Geographic’s "Years of Living Dangerously" which showed in 171 countries in 47 languages, and Discovery Channel’s “MOSQUITO” which showed in 189 countries.