Miami Dolphins Honor Maria C. Alonso Through NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards Presented By Nationwide

MIAMI GARDENS – The Miami Dolphins have selected Maria C. Alonso, President and CEO of United Way of Miami-Dade, as the recipient of the Nationwide NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.

The NFL, Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Nationwide have teamed up for the ninth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 2019. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

The Miami Dolphins honored Alonso in their game on September 15, 2019 when they faced the New England Patriots.

“Growing up as a Dolfan, it’s especially rewarding to be recognized by my home team and to join a list of community leaders I’ve long admired,” said Alonso. “I am proud to be part of Miami’s rich and diverse tapestry, and I am honored to be part of United Way, an organization whose nature is driven by building a community that is empowered by its diversity and compassion . “

Born in Detroit, MI and raised in Miami, FL, Alonso is a first generation Cuban American. After a 22-year career at Bank of America, she assumed the role of President and CEO of United Way of Miami-Dade in August 2017. In her role, she is responsible for bringing the passion and expertise of individuals, corporate and community partners to the table in support of United Way’s mission to build community by helping people care for one another. She works with a team of more than 200 professionals and leads the strategic direction, operations, and finances of the largest private, nonprofit health and social services funder in Miami-Dade County. Most recently, the United Way of Miami-Dade teamed up with the Miami Herald / El Nuevo Herald and Univision 23 to activate Operation Helping Hands to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and other affected areas. For more information, please visit www.unitedwaymiami.org/ohh.

Prior to joining United Way of Miami-Dade, Alonso served on the United Way board of directors and led the organizations’ programmatic investments in education, financial stability and health. Alonso has a rich history in community leadership and has served as the chairman and board member of several key institutions in South Florida. She holds an MBA from Florida International University and a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Miami. She lives in Coral Gables with her husband and family pets.

Each award winner selects an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community for a $ 2,000 donation.

Alonso selected United Way Miami-Dade to receive this donation.

Nationwide’s support for the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards is now in its third year of continued commitment to the Hispanic community. In addition to Nationwide’s partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Columbus-based insurance and financial services company also has partnerships with Latina Style, Unidos US, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Latino Professionals For America, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and Prospanica. Sponsorship of the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards is in line with Nationwide’s goal of partnering with organizations that share the company’s values, improve the lives of others, and give back to the community.

“Nationwide is excited to partner with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the National Football League this year to bring this year’s Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards,” said Jennifer MacKenzie, Nationwide senior vice president of marketing. “Nationwide is proud to provide resources, support and service to Hispanic consumers and business owners across the country. We look forward to celebrating the charitable efforts of Hispanic executives in all 32 NFL markets during Hispanic Heritage Month.”

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