Member News: Miami Parking Authority Announces Appointment of its Next CEO
In a unanimous vote, the Board of Directors of the Miami Parking Authority (MPA) appointed Alejandra “Alex” Argudin as its next chief executive officer.
Alex becomes the first woman CEO of the MPA in more than six decades of its existence, Alex brings over 13 years of experience at the Authority, nine of which have been as Chief Operations Officer. In that capacity, she has led a number of forward-thinking initiatives that have positioned the Authority as a leader in the parking industry. One of the many initiatives that she shepherded includes the increase in the utilization of PayByPhone in Miami from about 23 percent five years ago to an impressive 93 percent adoption rate. This success story has placed the MPA as the leading parking organization in volume of PayByPhone transactions in all of North America.
“Alex’s unique vision, experience and transformational leadership style make her an excellent candidate to take the reins of the MPA at a time when advances in the industry are dramatically changing its operations,” said Dr. Thomas Jelke, Chairman of the Board. “She is prepared and uniquely qualified to step seamlessly into the role as CEO after successfully managing the operations of the MPA for the past nine years.”
As COO of Operations, the department that fulfills the mission of the Authority, Alex has managed a staff of 150 and a budget of over $40 million. More recently, she led the complex task of applying for, and winning, the prestigious Accredited Parking Organization (APO) Award and, subsequently, the APO with Distinction. These awards, led by the IPMI, are presented solely to organizations that have excelled in all of the categories of parking operations.
“I am deeply honored by the trust the board has placed in my abilities to lead the MPA in very exciting times in our industry,” said Alex Argudin. “I will lead this organization, with the support of the board and our committed staff, with strength, transparency and conviction.”
She takes over the position as CEO immediately, following Art Noriega’s appointment as City of Miami Manager, who served as CEO for the past 20 years.
“I wholeheartedly applaud the board’s decision to select Alex as the next CEO of MPA,” said Art Noriega, former CEO and current Miami City Manager. “She is an extraordinary leader who will use her experience, knowledge and passion to successfully see the organization through the leading-edge changes that lie ahead.”
Alex is a graduate of Florida International University with both a B.A. and Master’s degrees in Business Administration. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Parking and Mobility Institute, where she serves as Treasurer. Additionally, she earned the Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) designation through IPMI as well as acquired her LEED AP designation from the Green Building Council. Alex currently serves on the executive board of the WOW Center as their Treasurer.
About Miami Parking Authority
Miami Parking Authority, officially known as the Department of Off-Street Parking of the City of Miami, was created in 1955 by a Special Act of the Florida State Legislature and incorporated into the City of Miami’s Charter in 1968. MPA manages and develops on- and off-street parking in the City of Miami. It shares responsibility with the City of Miami Police Department and Miami-Dade County for enforcement of parking regulations. For more information, visit www.miamiparking.com.
Margarita R. Delgado