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Leadership

Chair: Peter Koltis
Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal 

The Chair is selected by the university president for a term not to exceed three years. The chair of the council serves as the lead representative of the board before the university community. The chair shall have the responsibility of selecting the chairpersons of the individual committees, presiding over the strategic direction of the council and determining the frequency of meetings. Furthermore, by virtue of this position, the chair is an ex-officio member of the FIU Foundation Board of Directors.

The Chair-Elect serves as a senior advisor to the chair, ensures continuity in leadership for the council and represents the President’s Council in the event that the chair is unable to attend any specific functions.

Executive Committees

Membership on the Executive Committee is limited to the chair, chair-elect and subcommittee chairs.  The role of the Executive Committee is:

  • to steer the direction of the council by monitoring and managing its initiatives
  • to assist the chair in establishing the objectives and goals of the council for each academic year
  • to support the chair and chair-elect by representing the President’s Council and FIU at community events

Real Triumphs Faculty Award Committee

Chair: Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez
Managing Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

The Real Triumphs Faculty Award of $15,000, a product of council dues, is a significant component of the council’s interaction with the university community and is bestowed annually upon a distinguished member of FIU’s faculty. This committee, along with members of the FIU faculty, is responsible for recommending which of the nominees is to receive this distinct honor. Members review, evaluate, and come to a consensus on the recommended award recipient and finalists. The award is conferred at the Annual Faculty Convocation Ceremony hosted each Fall semester.

Fundraising Initiatives

Chair: Jerry Fernandez
President, Tropic Mechanical Contractors

The funraising committee is responsible for strategizing philanthropic efforts for the FIU President’s Council. This committee works closely with the Community Relations team in coordinating annual fundraising events to support these initiatives.

Advocacy

State & Federal Advocacy: Sergio Abreu
Manager of External Affairs, TECO Energy, Inc.

The state advocacy subcommittee focuses on the university’s state priorities and works with the FIU Office of Governmental Relations in gathering support to advocate for legislative priorities approved by FIU’s Board of Trustees. The federal advocacy subcommittee supports the FIU in D.C. team in representing FIU’s interests before Congress and assists with managing the university’s presence in the nation's capital.

Local Advocacy: Melissa Tapanes Llahues
Shareholder, Bercow Radell Fernandez & Larkin

The local advocacy subcommittee helps local elected officials understand the impact FIU has on the lives of its students and on the South Florida community. Its priority is to maximize the synergies between government, business, and alumni and work with the Governmental Relations team to gather grassroot support to advance local priorities.

Membership Committee

Membership Committee: AJ Meyer
Vice President of Business Development, ANF Group Inc.

The Membership Committee plays an integral role in the sustained growth and operation of the President's Council.

Membership Committee is responsible for:

  • Identifying, screening and nominating new members to join the President's Council
  • Providing oversight of the involvement of the council’s membership base
  • Advising members of the opportunities and responsibilities of membership

Monitoring attendance, participation and activity of members with the aim of maximizing the membership experience and accomplishments.

Programming Committee

Programming Committee: Monique Catoggio
CEO, Monique Catoggio, LLC -- Illumined Life Leadership

The Programming Committee is responsible for strategizing special and strategic events for the President’s Council. This committee works closely with the Community Relations team to ensure that the Council’s programming offers opportunities for members to network and get the most out of their membership. Learn more about upcoming events.