City Manager Art Noriega Names Four New Department Directors
Published on July 12, 2021
Miami City Manager Art Noriega has announced the appointment of four new department directors to lead several key City departments. Mr. Angel R. Carrasquillo, PE has been selected to lead the City’s Office of Capital Improvements (OCI) and Ms. Jennifer Ramirez has been named director of the General Services Administration (GSA). Additionally, Mr. Wade L. Sanders has been appointed to lead the City's Solid Waste Department and Mr. Robert Santos-Alborna will lead the Department of Code Compliance.
"OCI, Solid Waste and Code Compliance are among the most high visibility departments in the community, from daily garbage pickup to public infrastructure projects around the city," said Noriega, “while GSA is critical to keeping our City organization running smoothly so that we can effectively serve the public.” “Each of these appointees brings broad experience to their new roles and I'm confident that they will improve and innovate their departments, while continuing to deliver for our residents," he added.
Mr. Carrasquillo is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the engineering and management of infrastructure, including water plants, structures, bridges, civil, environmental, construction and road systems. His work experience includes serving as Vice President/Regional Director Southern Florida/Caribbean/Program Manager at AECOM, where he managed the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department's $2 billion consent decree program. Mr. Carrasquillo also served as Vice President/Senior Project Manager at Carollo Engineers in Miami, where he managed engineering projects for Miami-Dade County valued at approximately $13 billion. Previously, he managed and consulted on a range of projects including municipal, industrial, construction and operations, and engineering in New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Sarasota. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico & Polytechnical University.
Ms. Ramirez is a 19-year employee of the City of Miami who has valuable working knowledge of the entire organization. She joined the City in 2002 as a member of the Office of Management and Budget, where she worked as a budget coordinator and later as a senior analyst. In 2010, she was appointed as Assistant Director of the budget office and was made Assistant to the City CFO one year later. Subsequently, Ms. Ramirez made the move to the department that she will now lead. She first served as Assistant to the GSA Director and was appointed Assistant Director of GSA in 2014.
Mr. Sanders brings more than 26 years of professional experience in municipal government work to his new role as Director of Solid Waste, including work in administration, environmental services, fleet management, beach maintenance, street and building maintenance, marinas, landscaping and recreation maintenance. Prior to taking on his new role, Mr. Sanders served as Assistant Director of the City's Department of Resilience and Public Works for nearly six years after joining the City in 2015 as Chief of Maintenance Operations. Previously, he served as Director of Public Works for the City of Sunny Isles Beach, FL, as well as Deputy Director and Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Hollywood, Florida. Mr. Sanders earned his bachelor's degree at North Carolina Central University.
Mr. Santos-Alborna has more than 20 years of experience managing code compliance operations for municipal governments. He previously served as Director of Code Compliance for Palm Beach County and held the same position at both the City of Miami Beach and North Bay Village. Mr. Santos-Alborna also worked as Regional Director of Miami-Dade County’s Team Metro, where he addressed issues of community concern impacting the safety, quality of life and health of residents in unincorporated areas of the county. He holds a master’s degree in Economics.