Emily Bonilla is an Orange County Florida County Commissioner of District 5, elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2020.
Born in New York to a Puerto Rican mother and half Dominican/Puerto Rican black father, raised in Massachusetts by her maternal grandparents, Emily Bonilla is a proud Floridian of 22 years. She obtained an Associate’s Degree in Film from Valencia, a Bachelor’s in English from UCF, and Masters in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University.
She has extensive private sector experience in film, photography, marketing, and creative writing. Brought up in an impoverished family of origin, Bonilla is a visionary who carved out a successful niche in the highly competitive industry. A strong advocate for women, she developed comprehensive marketing tools and strategies that give work-at-home moms (WAHM) a boost up the business ladder.
Following years of entrepreneurial accomplishments, she worked as a Career Advisor at Full Sail University. Duties included assisting new grads with finding employment and/or creating their own business as well as working with businesses that were looking at locating to Orange County.
A long-time supporter of our planet, Bonilla is all about promoting the conservation of Orange County’s natural and economic resources. She currently serves as a dedicated advocate, in fervent opposition to urban sprawl.
Seeing a need for the organization of residents to protect their rural environment, she created Save East Orlando in 2013, which later she transformed the assets into East of the Econ (™), LLC. She also served as a co-founder and acting Chairperson of Save Orange County until 2015.
Bonilla takes on the Commissioner’s responsibility to oppose developments that harm the environment and economy is of great importance. She provides flexible but firm leadership to bring sound judgment to Orange County government. She is an active listener to other viewpoints, an assertive communicator, and an effective team builder.