Commissioner John Elizabeth Alemán
A native Floridian, John was born in Tampa and raised in
Sarasota. John’s mother is the original
“Girl named John.” Her mother was a
special education teacher who died unexpectedly when John was 14 years old. John's maternal grandfather, Dr. William
Fitts, promised his World War II buddy and fellow Army medic to name his second
child in his memory. John's parents
chose to continue this legacy and named their second child, also a girl, the
same way. John is proud of her name as
result of this tradition and she and her husband continue the legacy.
John earned her Bachelors of Science in Business
Administration with High Honors specializing in Finance in 1990 from the
University of Florida. She is a member
of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.
John is an accomplished business professional and an active
member of our community. Her 25-year corporate career in information technology
was spent at public companies Accenture, Ryder System and MasTec. At Ryder, she managed 70 IT professionals
across the UK, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, China and
Singapore, and a $30M capital budget. As the Chief Information Officer at MasTec, she
identified $500K operating savings within her first 30 days. John has 15 years’ experience developing
solutions in the field of transportation and logistics.
John met her future husband, a Miami native and
Cuban-American, in 1994 on her first day on the job at Ryder. They bought their
Alton Road home right before they married in 2000.
John has been active in her children’s’ schools, including
serving as President of the North Beach Elementary PTA, and is a strong
supporter of public school education.
John was honored to be recognized for her impact and results by being
named “Miami-Dade County PTA President of the Year” while at North Beach
Elementary. John served as Chairwoman of the City of Miami Beach Quality
Education Committee and on the Board of the Miami-Dade County Council of PTA/PTSAs.
In John Alemán, Miami Beach has a Commissioner with deep
ties to our community, with the qualifications and experience to advocate for
residents, with a track record of real results in business and in our schools,
and the right motivation to make sure our city remains a great place to live.
John is a dedicated and committed resident who wants to keep
Miami Beach a wonderful place to live, raise children, play and work so that in
the future her sons can establish their own roots and remain proud residents of
this special city.