Eileen Damaso was born in Miami, Florida. Her parents, Gerardo and Lourdes Damaso, are originally from Isla de Pinos, Cuba. She lived in Valencia, Venezuela, until the age of nine, when in January 1975 after a robbery and attempted kidnapping, she moved to Miami. In Miami, she attended La Luz School, South Florida Military Academy and graduated from Gulliver Schools in 1983. She continued her higher education at Miami Dade Community College and the University of Miami. She received a Master’s Degree of Public Administration in 1990. She worked in various political campaigns before being hired at the American Heart Association. She continued her career with Chamber South, where she met State Representative Annie Betancourt. She was hired by the State of Florida as a Legislative Assistant for District 116. In June of 1998, she was hired as Chief of Staff to Commissioner Joe Sanchez. Ms. Damaso was with the City of Miami until 2002 when she joined a growing solid waste company where she was named the Government Affairs Director. In 2003 she joined the office of State Senator Gwen Margolis. She served with the Senator in Tallahassee until the seat she was seeking became vacant. She ran for office unsuccessfully and returned to work in the solid waste industry with World Waste Services, Waste Management and again with World Waste Recycling. She lives in the Shenandoah neighborhood of the City of Miami.