Women’s Leadership at United Way of Miami-Dade

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United Way of Miami-Dade
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A longtime civic administrator in Miami-Dade County, Florida, Benigna Marko most recently served as an administrative services director in the Department of Planning and Zoning. Benigna Marko supports the efforts of United Way, a national service organization offering women’s leadership programs at its Miami-Dade County chapter.

The Women’s Leadership program at United Way of Miami-Dade brings together more than 2,100 women. Participants in the Women’s Leadership program volunteer in their communities, advocate for policies that impact families, and support educational initiatives throughout the region.

The Women’s Leadership program organizes a wide variety of member events, including the Let’s Do Lunch seminar series, which covers topics such as entrepreneurship, technology, and the fight against cancer. The program operates under the leadership of the Women’s Leadership Council, comprised of leaders in business, politics, and academics.

To become a member of the Women’s Leadership program, candidates must give at the Leadership level of $1,000 or more. To learn more about women’s leadership opportunities at United Way of Miami-Dade, visit the chapter’s official website at http://www.unitedwaymiami.org

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Community Planning in Miami-Dade County By Benigna Marko

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Miami Dade
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An active participant in Miami-Dade County’s neighborhoods and municipalities, the Department of Planning and Zoning relies upon residents’ input throughout the community development process. This department boasts a talented team of urban designers, planners, and architects who base their plans on data from Small Area Studies. In these studies, community planning staff members gather residents for a week-long charrette or public planning workshop. These meetings help officials understand how residents envision their community developing in the coming years.

The community planning staff members then compile this data into a charrette report, which prioritizes community recommendations and zoning requests. Ultimately, the Department of Planning and Zoning produces a Comprehensive Development Master Plan that covers not only land use and housing, but also such infrastructural issues as solid waste management, community health, coastal management, and intergovernmental coordination.

About the Author:
A longtime member of the Miami-Dade County Department of Planning and Zoning team, Benigna Marko served as the Administrative Service Division Director and the Assistant Director of Administration & Operations.