In the Company of Women Awards announces Government and Law, elected official winner
The Honorable Ana Maria Rodriguez, Florida State House of Representatives for District 105, has been selected as a 2019 In the Company of Women awardee in the category of Government and Law, elected official. She is among 15 winners to be honored at an awards ceremony dinner on March 7, at the Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Cir., in Coral Gables, Florida.
Representative Rodriguez was sworn into the State of Florida House of Representatives on Nov. 21, 2018, and serves on the Business & Professions, Civil Justice, Health Quality, Higher Education Appropriations subcommittees and Public Integrity & Ethics committees. Prior to holding this office, Rodriguez was a councilwoman for the City of Doral where she served from 2010 to 2018. As a councilwoman, Rodriguez was a tenacious advocate for women’s progress and championed a “Paid Parental Leave Policy” which offers City of Doral employees up to four weeks of paid time off following the birth or adoption of a child. The City of Doral was the first city to adopt such a policy.
Along with her public service work, Rodriguez is currently vice president of public policy for the MIAMI Association of Realtors. Prior to that, she was director of government and community relations for Baptist Health South Florida. She began her professional career as a senior associate for Robert M. Levy & Associates.
Rodriguez is known for her common sense approach to government and her heart for service. She has been recognized by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with the 2017 Public Service Award, by the Miami Association of Realtors as 2015 Advocate of the Year, by the March of Dimes as 2011 Humanitarian of the Year and by Miami International Mall with the 2010 Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. It is for her countless hours of volunteering that she is best known. She has worked with Habitat for Humanity building homes. In her time as a mentor for female students at Florida International University, she helped new students acclimate to college life. And, through her work with the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, she successfully carried out numerous events and initiatives that helped raise money and awareness.
Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Florida International University and a Master of Science degree in leadership from The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University. She and her husband, Dr. Clemente Canabal, share four children.
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.
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 County 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.