Benigna Marko possesses an extensive background in management roles for various Miami-Dade County departments. During the two-plus decades of her career, Marko has served as an Administrative Assistant with the Public Works Department, Solid Waste Disposal Division and Personnel Services; Administrative Officer of an independent review panel with Miami-Dade County; Building and Zoning Code Administrator; Regulation Division Chief; and Assistant Director of the Planning and Zoning Department. From 1998 to 2007, Benigna Marko served Miami-Dade County’s Planning and Zoning Department. She started as the Administrative Services Division Director before being promoted to Assistant Director in 2002. While operating as Assistant Director, she oversaw and reviewed expenses for a $23 million annual budget. She also managed several special projects, including implementation of a Zoning Resolution geographic information system (GIS) web-based layer with the Geomatics and Records Division, and she earned approval for the county’s first Electronic Document Management System. Benigna Marko facilitated projects and obtained fundraising for the department’s United Way Worldwide campaign.
Prior to transferring to the Department of Planning and Zoning, Benigna Marko functioned as the Regulation Division Chief in the Planning, Development, and Regulation Department. For three years, Benigna Marko oversaw the daily operations and enforcement of county housing standards and building codes. Additionally, she communicated with various departments and often served as a representative in cross-departmental meetings.
Benigna Marko possesses a Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Florida International University. At the university, she focused on administrative law, public policy, statistics, and political science.