Jorge Isaias Diaz is a Cuban-American native of Miami. A graduate of St. Brendan's Catholic School and Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in religion. He worked on his first presidential election in 1980 at the age of 13. He went on to organize within Miami's Cuban community to help elect various city and county commissioners in Miami-Dade County when that voting bloc had yet to achieve its current status. While at Florida State, he was Attorney General Bob Butterworth's deputy campaign coordinator.
Jorge returned to his native Miami where he launched his career in real estate. Working for various firms and large developers, he began specializing in commercial title work. Eventually working as a preferred developer for national retail tenants acquiring, financing and constructing locations for CVS, Bridgestone/Firestone, and Wal-Mart. He then left to work for LNR, the top lending servicer in the nation, to serve as its first foreclosure director where he managed the restructuring of thousands of loans each year. After the crash of 2008, Jorge created a process for evaluating troubled commercial loans and expediting resolution of same that was later adopted by Moody's, Fitch, and Standard & Poors' ratings agencies in their evaluation of other servicers throughout the country.
Thereafter, the principals of LNR formed the first independent national title insurance agency in more than 20 years and recruited Jorge to serve as its president in Dallas, Texas. He oversaw more than half a trillion dollars in real estate transactions during his tenure.
During this time, he continued his work in politics, eventually helping his brother, Manny Diaz, win election and then re-election as Mayor of Miami. Jorge served as his policy advisor for LGBT issues, culminating in the adoption of domestic partnership benefits. He also worked for SAVE Dade and People for the American Way overturning Antia Bryant's discriminatory ordinances. Most recently, he got engaged to Don Johnston and joined five other couples suing the State of Florida to overturn the constitutional ban on gay marriage.