The Honorable Sue and the Honorable Chuck Cobb are global citizens who have defined their lives through service to their community, to their state and to their country. Both extraordinarily successful in their professional careers, each has served with distinction as United States ambassadors and through numerous community leadership positions.
Chuck is CEO of Cobb Partners, an investment firm in Coral Gables. From 1989 to 1992, he served as U.S. ambassador to Iceland under President George H.W. Bush and in the late 1980s as undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Ronald Reagan. Earlier he was an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Prior to his public service, Chuck was CEO of Arvida Corporation and its subsidiaries, and the former CEO of subsidiaries of Kaiser Aluminum, Penn Central and the Walt Disney Company. He has served on the boards of nine publicly traded corporations, including Arvida, Penn Central, Walt Disney, LNR Property Corporation, WCI Communities, Ameritas, Pan Am Corporation, CLC of America, Southeast Banking and many other private companies.
As a trustee of the University of Miami for more than 30 years, Chuck has held a number of university leadership positions including past chair. Chuck was chairman of Gateway Florida and Florida FTAA and was chairman of the Governor’s Florida Council of 100. He was also the founding chair of the Barry University Miami Shores Charter School and has been a longtime trustee/director/member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth Congregational Church, Council for Education Change, Our Kids, Annenberg Challenge, Orange Bowl Committee, Woodrow Wilson Center, Eisenhower Fellows, James Madison Institute, Council of American Ambassadors, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Sue is president of the Cobb Family Foundation and on the board of Miami Lakes-based BankUnited. She serves on the boards of The Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Council of American Ambassadors. Sue spent most of the last decade in federal and state government service serving as U.S. ambassador to Jamaica under President George W. Bush; secretary of state of Florida and CEO of the Florida Lottery under Governor Jeb Bush; and earlier as the three-term chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Miami Branch.
An attorney, Sue was the founding partner of Greenberg Traurig’s public finance department. She served on the boards of United Way, Goodwill Industries, Ransom Everglades, and the Zoological Society of Florida. Sue was honored as the University of Miami Alumnus of the Year and the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year. Among many awards, Sue and Chuck shared the National Conference of Christians and Jews Silver Medallion Award for contributions to civic causes and humanity.
The Cobbs each have received the highest national honors of the countries in which they served — the Order of Jamaica and the Order of the Grand Cross Star from the Republic of Iceland. They sponsor the U.S. State Department worldwide awards for top noncareer or career ambassadors — the Sue M. Cobb Exemplary Diplomatic Service Award and the Charles E. Cobb Award for Success in Trade Development.
Sue and Chuck have two sons – Christian and Tobin – and seven grandchildren. Longtime supporters of United Way, they joined the Million Dollar Roundtable in 2011.