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In the Company of Women Awards announces Miami-Dade Mayor's Pioneer selection

MIAMI ( January 09, 2019 )

Barbara Falsey, Ph.D., has been selected as a 2019 In the Company of Women awardee in the Mayor’s Pioneer category. She is among 15 winners to be honored at the awards ceremony dinner on March 7, at the Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Circle, in Coral Gables.

Falsey is best known for the legacy she leaves behind during her long-standing career with Miami-Dade County (1992-2011). She served as Division Chief and Planner for Miami-Dade County and was appointed Coordinator of Community Councils and Special Projects, in the departments of Regulatory and Economic Resources and the Parks Department. She holds the distinction of being one of the county’s first female division chiefs. Her staunch leadership, creative vision, and expertise in research and analytics were instrumental in the protection of Environmentally Endangered Lands and the development of the county’s Heritage Parks and the Open Space Master Plan. Her focus throughout her career was to ensure that parks planning centered on park restorations, sustainability and stewardship, and that is was inclusive to the needs of residents and their children, where they live, work, and play. She also initiated the county’s first Great Parks Summit, which brings together national and local leaders for an interactive symposium that showcases strategies for enhancing Miami-Dade living through great parks, open spaces, and greenways; and the importance of having a seamless, sustainable and safe parks and open space system that promotes health and wellness for all.

As a County Commission-appointed member of the Boundaries Commission, Falsey emerged as the driving force behind legislation that created Community Councils throughout unincorporated Miami-Dade. She served on the pioneering team that worked with elections and legal staff to create council boundaries and organize elections for council offices.

In her founding role in the Urban Environment League (2008-14), Falsey served in nearly every capacity from treasurer to president, working tirelessly to protect public spaces and natural and historic areas in South Florida through civic engagement and public dialogue.

Falsey is an outstanding fit for the Pioneer award. Among her numerous accolades and achievements, she is the recipient of the A.D. Barnes Award for Outstanding Contribution by an individual or organization of time and effort to improve the quality and quantity of park, recreation and conservation open space opportunities in Miami-Dade. She continues to be a powerhouse for bettering the community, mentoring young women in public service roles, and lending her creative voice and talents to numerous boards and committees. She is also an author, editor, and architecture critic.

This marks the 31st year for the In the Company of Women Awards, presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, in partnership with the Miami-Dade Commission for Women and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade. The prestigious awards honor women who have excelled professionally and civically, and who have contributed to women’s progress through their leadership and vision. 

The event commemorates March’s Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. It will be an exceptionally historic occasion this year, as it is a signature celebration for the Parks Department’s 90th anniversary. Proceeds will support The Women’s Park and the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Program. 

For more information, including awards venue, tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and a complete list of 2019 winners, visit the In the Company of Women web page

About The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women
The Commission for Women falls within the purview of Miami-Dade’s Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Office of the Chair. The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was created in 1971 as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, the County administration and the public at large about issues pertaining to the status of women. The Commission for Women also advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life. For more information, call 305-375-4967, email [email protected], or visit 

About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship. The nonprofit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.