Wanda Y. Rentas
Position: Vice Mayor
Wanda Y. Rentas was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in New York. Wanda and her family moved to Kissimmee, Florida 21 years ago. Shortly after arriving to Osceola County, she began working with the South Florida Water Management District where she continues to be employed. During her 20 plus year tenure with the South Florida Water Management District, she worked her way up to her current position as a Business Management Analyst at the office located in St. Cloud, Florida. Wanda’s duties include Human Resources Representative, Budget Coordinator, Emergency Management Coordinator and Training Coordinator.
Wanda’s involvement with the community in Osceola County began in 1999 when she participated with the YMCA Developing Hispanic Leaders program in Orlando. In 2000, Wanda graduated from Leadership Osceola. She was appointed by then County Commissioner Ken Shipley to serve on the local YMCA and Community Vision Board of Directors. Wanda also served as a Judge for the Teacher of the Year selection committee for Osceola County School District for three consecutive years. In 2008, she became the Chairwoman of the Hispanic Business Council for the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce. During her one year term, the Hispanic Business Council received the “Eagle Award.” This is the highest award given by the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce and it was the first and only time the Council received this award. Wanda was also recognized by Congressman Bill Posey with the Quality Floridian Award.
Additional awards and recognitions: (2012) the Gran Manzana Award and YMCA Adult Achievers, (2013) One of 25 Central Florida Influential Hispanics, recipient of La Prensa Newspaper’s "Mujeres Destacadas Award" for Outstanding Female in Public Service, and in 2014, was also recognized by the Osceola Visionaries at the 24th Annual Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. Banquet for the Dedication, Leadership and Service to the Citizens of Kissimmee.
In 2010, Wanda ran for public office and was elected to the City of Kissimmee Commission, becoming the First Latina Commissioner in City of Kissimmee's 127 year history. In 2012, she became the city’s “Mayor Pro-Tem.” In 2014, she successfully won her second term to the City of Kissimmee Commission and was selected by the commission and herself as "Vice Mayor".
Wanda is a member of National Association of Latino and Elected Officials (NALEO) and currently serves on the Community Vision and TOHO Water Authority Boards, as well as the “Alternate” for the Greater Osceola Partnership for Economic Prosperity (GOPEP).
Wanda Y. Rentas is married to her high school sweetheart and is the proud mother of three children, as well as the doting grandmother of three grandchildren.