Ana Martha Ayala

Executive Director, Finance

(305) 284-4458
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Ana Ayala became the College of Engineering’s director of finance and administration in 2009. She was previously the senior division administrator at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for 15 years, serving in the Department of Medicine. Ayala worked in the  chairman’s office for nine years as assistant to the finance director before transferring to the division of infectious diseases. Ayala holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting, and has been a certified public accountant in the state of Florida since 1991. She has extensive experience in all financial matters, including pre- and post-award activities related to grant management.

As director of finance and administration, Ayala is responsible for strategic management and routine operations of all issues related to the budget and expenditures across the College of Engineering. She is the senior officer responsible for all fiscal analytical functions and plays a significant role in the decision support function, including development and monitoring of budgets, while also serving as the human resources representative for the College. During her first year at the College, and working closely with the dean, Ayala identified numerous areas where cost savings could be realized. She has also been given the responsibility of mentoring and training managers and staff in relevant areas including effective budgeting, cost control and fiscal evaluation.

A longtime Miami resident, Ayala is the proud parent of two UM ’Canes, one of whom is an alumni and the other is a senior. She enjoys spending time with her family and is a frequent driver for their numerous volunteer, academic and sport commitments.