Latinas Today

Grace C. Bonilla, Esq. to Lead United Way of New York City (UWNYC)

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) announces Grace C. Bonilla, Esq. as its new President and CEO. In her career, Bonilla has served in several senior positions in New York City government. She was most recently the Founding Executive Director of the NYC COVID-19 Racial Inclusion and Equity Taskforce, stepping into that role after leading the New York City Human Resources Administration, as the Administrator of the largest social services agency in the country. There, she led a team that developed programs designed to combat poverty and income inequality. This built on her earlier success as a Deputy Commissioner overseeing the Human Resources Administration’s Office of Community Affairs and Immigrant Services, working in that capacity to broaden access to food and benefits for low-income non-English-speaking New Yorkers. 

 Bonilla has also played key roles in the City’s philanthropic community, most recently as the Senior Vice President for Latin America for Covenant House International, where she provided strategic counsel for program affiliates focused on helping children who were victims of hunger, homelessness, and human trafficking from four Latin American regions. Earlier in her career, Bonilla also served as President and CEO of The Committee for Hispanic Children & Families, Inc. leading a staff dedicated to providing educational and early childhood resources for New York City’s Hispanic communities. 

Bonilla was born and raised in New York City and is a graduate of both St. John’s University and Brooklyn Law School. Her life and work are rooted in the heart of this city. 

Former Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios Designated to be Chair of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission

Becoming the first woman to lead the bi-partisan commission, the Commission provides leadership for the America250 Foundation in the planning of the July 4, 2026 anniversary of the country’s founding.Rios was designated to be chair by President Biden. She has been serving on the Commission since January 11, 2018. 

“I’m very proud to lead this historic effort, and I am grateful for this opportunity,” U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission Chair Rosie Rios shares. “Bringing the country together to recognize the nation’s founding after 250 years is one of the greatest honors one can experience personally, but it will also provide an opportunity for all of us to share our collective experiences of what it means to be an American on a global platform. I deeply appreciate Dan DiLella’s leadership and that he will remain a vital part of the Commission. I will continue to build on all the progress made by Dan, fellow Commissioners, America250 Foundation President Joe Daniels and a talented and committed staff.” 

Miami Parking Authority Announces Alejandra “Alex” Argudin as Chair-elect of the International Parking and Mobility Institute

The International Parking and Mobility Institute (IPMI) Board of Directors elected a new leadership slate at its 2022 Annual Conference held in New Orleans from July 24 – 27, 2022. Alejandra “Alex” Argudin, Chief Executive Officer of Miami Parking Authority (MPA), was named Chair-elect. She previously held the position of Treasurer. 

Argudin attributes this recognition to her longtime involvement with IPMI, hard work, and commitment to the advancement of the organization. Previously, she served on multiple committees, including the Accredited Parking Organization (APO) Board and the Research and Innovation Task Force. 

“Alex has distinguished herself as a pioneer and leader in the parking and mobility business, and she brings that vision and knowledge as the chair-elect of IPMI,” states Shawn Conrad, CAE, CEO of IPMI. “Her experience shaping policies to address industry changes, micro-mobility adoption, and economic development is an enormous asset to our organization. I am confident that with her continued leadership, IPMI will be poised to address the unique opportunities and challenges the business will face in the foreseeable future.” 

Argudin leads MPA at a time when the forces of change continue to disrupt and transform the parking and mobility sectors. She spearheads innovative initiatives transforming the Authority from a traditional parking organization to a leading-edge, multi-disciplinary entity. Under her leadership, MPA has adopted micro-mobility options, fostered public-private partnerships, promoted digitalization and integration with smart-city technologies, and implemented a corporate social responsibility program that builds community. 

Argudin is the recipient of the 2022 Women of Influence Award and the 2022 Ford Mujer Legendaria Award. She chairs the Board of Directors of The WOW Center and is a member of the Florida International University President’s Council and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Committee.