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, Susan 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), Susan facilitated 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 30 police departments to serve more than 30,000 school children in Miami-Dade through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE). She also created the award-winning DARE videos in English and Spanish and the DARE Summer Camp for kids.
Among her many civic accomplishments, Susan is a dedicated volunteer and past president of the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County (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. Susan also worked to implement campus early voting sites, funding for libraries and creation of the County’s Office of Sustainability and Solar Co-op program.
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, Susan has made a lasting imprint on our community.
“I am deeply humbled to have been selected as an honoree for the Miami-Dade County Women's Commission 2019 In the Company of Women Award,” Susan said. “I believe that we, as women, all succeed when we all respect one another, support each other and our work, and we work together, even when we might disagree. When we do this, we all succeed, in our organizations, as individual women leaders, and as role models for other women.
“For me, my recognition is about this, because in my work, especially at the League with each of you and your organizations, the League was successful because as a woman leader I had an amazing network with each of you and I knew I could count on you.
“So I want to thank you for supporting the League and me.”