Women, Parking and Mobility, and Leadership

Headshots of nine women of different ethnicities, all smiling.“When young girls watched Kamala Harris take the oath of office as the first woman to become U.S. vice president, they could envision their own future. It seemed a moment that showed us that a woman can achieve anything,” wrote Miami Parking Authority CEO Alejandra “Alex” Argudin, CAPP, in the Miami Herald last week. “Still, although there are dozens of women breaking the glass ceiling in various professions, women still lag in many markers of success.”

Argudin, treasurer of IPMI’s Board of Directors, wrote about her family, led by a single mom after the death of her father, going without a lot but feeling lucky and able–and encouraged–to share what they had. The article then talks about her becoming the first woman to lead the Miami Parking Authority just eight days before COVID hit last spring, and that her first reaction–along with many in parking and mobility–was to serve the community and share what was available. From that spirit came the curbside zones that helped many businesses survive the last year, along with many other initiatives in the same spirit.

“The Authority, through a wide range of operational and marketing initiatives, has given more than $1 million in in-kind, on-street parking to restaurants and customers in Miami,” wrote Argudin.

We’re proud to share the article on International Women’s Day, proud of the role parking and mobility has played in keeping the nation moving during a year of unimaginable challenge, and proud to be part of an industry in which women like Alex are leading the way. Read her whole article here.