Assistant Director at Miami-Dade County
About Benigna Marko
Administrative professional Benigna Marko devoted more than 25 years of her career to Miami-Dade County, most recently as the Assistant Director of Administration and Operations. Benigna Marko first joined Miami-Dade County's administrative team in the early 1980s, when she gained employment in the Public Works Department. She quickly amassed the skills she needed to work her way up and, after progressing through several other positions, accepted a promotion to the Building and Zoning Department in 1990.
Over the next five years, Benigna Marko served as the department's Administration Manager, Systems and Administration Manager, and Code Administrator. In these capacities, she ensured that all buildings met county-specified housing standards, represented the Building and Zoning Department at public functions, and managed complex civil suits in conjunction with the County Attorney's office. Furthermore, she implemented a graffiti abatement program and inspected buildings in the wake of Hurricane Andrew, helping the owners of unsafe buildings secure FEMA funding.
County officials next promoted Benigna Marko to Regulation Division Chief of the Miami-Dade County Planning, Development, and Regulation Department and, later, to Administrative Services Division Director of the Department of Planning and Zoning. In 2002, she became the Assistant Director of Administration and Operations. In these last two positions, Benigna Marko oversaw a range of critical responsibilities, including human resources, procurement and contracts, public information, and financial duties. She also managed a $23 million budget and implemented a GIS zoning program.
Benigna Marko earned her Master of Public Administration from Florida International University in 2003. As part of the program, she took a range of classes related to public administration, including political science, statistics, and policy courses. She speaks both English and Spanish fluently.