In the Company of Women Awards announces Government and Law, nonelected official winner
Susan R. Windmiller has been selected as a 2019 In the Company of Women awardee in the category of Government and Law, nonelected official. She is among 15 winners to be honored at the awards ceremony dinner on March 7 at the Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Cir., in Coral Gables.
In her professional career, Windmiller is a Government Affairs Analyst for the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Legal Bureau where she is highly esteemed as the “go-to” person among law enforcement and government officials for finding "the best solutions, which have been carefully considered, researched and developed.” In her 16 years with the department and during her 10 years as an analyst, she has championed support and revenue opportunities to enhance law enforcement initiatives related to homeland security, law enforcement technology systems for data drive policing, officer safety, human trafficking, narcotics, violent crime, domestic violence, victim services, forensic science, mitigation construction and crime prevention, among others. In her former post as Assistant Director of the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC), she facilitated the separation of the center, as it become a new county department with a new management system supporting a 24-hour, 7 days a week facility for arrested youth (12,000 annually) and their families. While Project Director for the Office of Substance Abuse Control, she expanded drug treatment initiatives to include prevention programs to help combat crime, drugs, domestic violence and gangs, and she engaged the participation of 30 police departments to serve more than 30,000 school children in Miami-Dade through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE). She is also recognized for creating the award-winning DARE videos in English and Spanish and the DARE Summer Camp for kids.
Among her many civic accomplishments, she is a dedicated volunteer and past president of the League of Women Voters (LWV) Miami-Dade (2016-2018), during which she doubled its membership, organized a refresh of digital branding, expanded programming and advocacy, established the 2018 Election Team and Student Fellows programs, and created a national award-winning membership development initiative recognized by LWV US. She also served the board in various positions from 2008 to 2018, spearheading innovative programming to engage members and community partners. Windmiller was instrumental in numerous LWV Miami-Dade accomplishments, including the creation of a Student Fellows program to engage young voters, increasing voter access by securing campus early voting sites, funding to impact libraries and to create the County’s Office of Sustainability and Solar Co-op program – resulting in more than eight co-ops countywide and 116 contracts signed for residential solar systems, all using Florida sunshine to power up homes, save money and reduce dependency on electricity.
Deeply passionate about getting people to vote, advocating tirelessly for important community issues, and relentless in mentoring and encouraging women in her career and civic engagements to strive and achieve their goals, Windmiller’s expertise has made a lasting imprint. She is hands down an ideal awardee in the category of Government and Law, nonelected official.
A positive role model for women and girls, Windmiller graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Illinois and completed Florida International University's School of Law Paralegal Program with honors (2015). She is also a Florida Bar registered paralegal, and in this role with police department command staff has authored more than 275 resolutions and ordinances that have facilitated police operations and public safety and have been approved by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.
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 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, and will be extra special this year, as it is a signature celebration for the Parks Department’s 90th anniversary! Proceeds 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 of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. 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 the website at www.miamidade.gov/advocacy/women-board-home.asp.
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.