Born and raised in Miami, she moved to Coral Gables in 1987, after meeting her husband, Eddie Anderson, a Coral Gables resident since 1955 and a graduate from Coral Gables High School. Eddie’s parents resided in Coral Gables and owned several historic apartment buildings in Coral Gables. Eddie and Rhonda raised their two daughters in Coral Gables, who attended Coral Gables public schools. One daughter currently works as an air traffic controller and the youngest is a hydro-geologist testing water quality for the United States Geologic Service.
In 1984, Rhonda graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts degree with an English major and a minor in Economics. In 1987, Rhonda graduated from Nova Law School with her juris doctorate degree, and opened the doors to her small law firm that same year. During the past 33 years, Rhonda has engaged in a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation, and her practice currently focuses on representing small businesses in contract, regulatory and litigation matters.
In 2005, Rhonda was one of the founding members of the LeJeune Segovia Neighborhood Association (LSNA) that was formed to tackle the increased traffic impact on residential areas from the construction in the surrounding area. Rhonda and her young teenage daughters walked door to door to encourage neighbors to vote for the installation of traffic diverters, medians, speed tables, and other traffic calming on residential streets and turn the section of Segovia between Bird Road and Valencia in to the lush tree-lined street that it is today. As a result of these efforts, the developer paid for improved drainage, crosswalks and traffic circles, and the $500,000 impact fees that are normally paid to the County, were used to install the lush, tree lined, Segovia median and bike path.
From 2008 to 2009, Rhonda served on the Coral Gables Public Safety Commission to promote improvements to police presence and coverage. In 2010, after successfully completing the lengthy trial defending Luis Posada Carilles in El Paso, Rhonda refocused her attention to Coral Gables issues.
In 2015 ad 2016, the construction of the Aloft hotel and other large projects planned with that would have destroyed more of Coral Gables lush tree canopy, caused Rhonda to pursue the following:
- Required a developer to pay for and build a 7,500 square foot community park on Valencia and Hernando at a site currently under construction, and pay for and install pedestrian crossing improvements on LeJeune and Valencia.
- Required the Aloft developer to increase sidewalk space so strollers and wheelchairs can use the sidewalk, and drivers can see pedestrians before they turn the corner on LeJeune Road and Valencia.
- Decreased the number of living units at the Villa Valencia project under construction from 103 apartments to 39 luxury condominium units.
- Lowered density (floor area ratio or FAR) at the Villa Valencia condominiums.
- Saved two, large, healthy old/specimen live oak trees marked for destruction on Almeria town home site by increasing the required green space/set backs.
- Challenged lack of compliance with the Mediterranean ordinance for projects seeking bonuses allowing a project to be built with less green space, reduced set backs, and greater density and/or height.
From 2017 to 2018, Rhonda served on the Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board – a Board that champions important projects, such as Coral Gables’ bi-annual recycling events and recommendations to the Commission to improve city services, resiliency and water quality.
From the summer of 2018 to early fall 2020, served on the Coral Gables Planning and Zoning Board.