The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) has selected Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Alina T. Hudak as a recipient of the 2012 National Public Service Award. Established in 1983, the National Public Service Awards honor individuals whose accomplishments are models of public service within and outside the work environment. The program recognizes individuals who exhibit the highest standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment over a sustained period of time and who are creative and skilled career managers at all levels of public service.
"Alina is a proven leader. Her knowledge of government operations and our community as well as her philanthropic and volunteer work are beyond compare," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "She is truly deserving of this honor and we are very proud of her accomplishments."
The award will be presented during ASPA's annual conference in Las Vegas on March 5, 2012. The conference brings together government and nonprofit professionals, scholars, students and citizen groups to learn what is happening in various areas and obtain skills that they can implement in their communities, states and countries. This year's conference theme, "Redefining Public Service Through Civic Engagement," will be a central focus for more than 400 public service experts who will be on hand to address concerns encountered in the work place and offer creative solutions.
Alina T. Hudak
Hudak learned Miami-Dade County from the ground up, beginning her career with the County in 1984 as a management trainee. Upon completion of this program, she was selected to serve as the County Manager's liaison with the South Florida Employment and Training Consortium and became the Executive Assistant to the Assistant County Manager. In 1993, she was the first Hispanic woman ever appointed as Assistant County Manager; and, in 1996, was appointed Director of the General Services Administration, one of the County's largest and most complex operational functions, then composed of seven divisions and over 800 employees.
In 1998, she returned to the County Manager's Office as an Assistant County Manager, where she led an extensive procurement reform effort that culminated in the creation of the Department of Procurement Management. Her responsibilities have included oversight of the nationally-acclaimed Police and Fire Rescue departments, the County's first stand-alone Animal Services Department and an Elections Department that has completely reinvented its systems twice, while creating unprecedented voter confidence and convenience. She has also managed the County's intensified oversight of the Jackson Health System.
In 2011, she was the first woman to serve as County Manager, and later that same year she was appointed Deputy Mayor.
As part of her role in the County's leadership team, Hudak has forged extensive and important partnerships between government, private businesses and non-profit community organizations. She has led the County's Haitian Relief Effort, United Way campaign, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign, and has served as the County's liaison for multiple Super Bowls, five National Championship parades, Olympic Soccer, the Volvo Cup Ocean Race, the NASDAQ-100 Open Tennis Tournament and the Salute our Troops Event 2004.
Hudak has been actively involved in a variety of community organizations over the years, having served as President of the local chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and being elected to its National Council. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the United Way and is a past member of the Junior League of Miami's Community Council. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Miami Alumni Association.
The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration. It is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. ASPA's four core values are Accountability and Performance, Professionalism, Ethics and Social Equity. Its South Florida Chapter has close to 200 members.