Commissioner Harvey Budd
Term 1 - 2015-2018
“Creative leadership involves encouraging debate knowing that the clash of viewpoints often produces our best solutions. We can do better.” ~ Harvey Budd
Harvey Budd was elected to the Gainesville City Commission on April 14, 2015. Commissioner Budd serves on several committees including Gainesville Regional Utilities as Chair, Economic Development University Community, the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, and appointed to the Alachua County League of Cities. Harvey is the founder and President of Budd Broadcasting Co., Inc., and founded, built and operated WGLF-CBS4 in Gainesville, Florida. His extensive business experience began with building a very successful CPA practice specializing in tax return preparation, municipal auditing, and analyzing large, difficult budgets. Throughout Harvey’s professional career he raised millions of dollars for local businesses, which helped create hundreds of jobs in Gainesville, including the startup of two publicly traded companies.
Harvey’s civic involvement is extensive. He has served on the City of Gainesville’s Cultural Commission, the Gainesville Plan Board, the Alachua County Planning Commission, MTPO Advisory Board, Alachua County Charter Review Commission, the Campaign Finance Reform Ballot Initiative, and the Alachua County School Board One Mill Oversight Committee. For nearly 20 years, Harvey has worked on both Planning Commissions, protecting neighborhoods and the environment.
Born in Leeds, England, Harvey spent his early years in Sydney, Australia. His family moved to the United States, eventually settling in West Hollywood, Florida. In the fall of 1965, Harvey came to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Fisher School of Accounting at Warrington College of Business. He also attended UF Levin College of Law for two years. Harvey fell in love with Gainesville and, except for the nine months he worked for a national accounting firm in Miami, he never left. He married Gainesville native Ilene Silverman, and they are delighted that several family members have returned to Gainesville to live and raise their families, strengthening Harvey’s commitment to keep our community vibrant and strong for the generations that follow.