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The Young Alumni Council is organized as a part of the FIU Alumni Association and is comprised of outstanding young graduates that have a special vision for FIU and their peers. With more than 70,000 alumni ages 35 and younger, the Young Alumni Council is the focused voice of FIU graduates in the community. Officers are committed to providing career, networking, leadership and philanthropy opportunities for their fellow young alumni in order to showcase, mentor, and promote the exceptional graduates that FIU produces.

Recent Posts

  • posted March 29, 2017

    Alumna releases album with Cash Cabin Studio

    Alumna Ana Cristina Cash ’10 released her new album, “The Tough Love EP,” this month, recorded at the historic Cash Cabin Studio. A Miami native, Cash (née Alvarez) began her singing career at age 6 and grew up performing on Univision’s Spanish-language variety show “Sábado Gigante.” The daughter of an engineer and a stay-at-home mom […]


Upcoming Events

Life in Twenty-Something: A Story of Self-Discovery – Alumni Career Webinar @ webinar
Jun 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
If you’ve ever believed that you’re destined for something great, and if you’re constantly searching for your purpose, then this presentation is for you. Evan will present the life that stands before you in the characters in his book. You may recognize yourself in some of them. Along the way you will gain an understanding of the importance of taking time right now to gain a better understanding of what you want out of your life and regardless of others expectations, do what you need to do to explore the jobs, responsibilities, and industries that will feed your personal happiness and desire to make a difference.
Just like the characters in Evans book, Evan will remind you that you will face difficult people who for a multitude of reasons will put roadblocks in front of you that can slow down, or alter your career path. You will learn how to transcend issues and events that could keep you from reaching your dream job. Join Evan to gain a learn insights into how you can control your destiny by building a solid foundation in your twenties!
3 day online career event – Grad CareerFestival @ Online
Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – Jul 29 @ 10:00 pm

Use Promo code FIUalumni for FREE registration! Enter it in the upper right corner when ordering a ticket!


About the online event:

Join us ONLINE July 27th – 29th from 11 am – 10 pm EDT to learn career and job search tips from 27 career authors, a dozen career coaches and 27 companies with tools designed to get you noticed! We have 33 hours of LIVE career discussions scheduled for you.

If you are like most graduates, you spent your college years fulfilling the academic and cultural requirements to earn your diploma. In fact, research by NACE suggests that nearly 62 percent of graduating seniors will either NEVER visit the career center, or only visit once or twice.

We get it!

That’s why we’ve organized this MASSIVE 3-day Grad CareerFestival.

We’ve assembled 27 of the nation’s top career authors, over a dozen career coaches, and 27 companies that provide innovative online job search tools to give you the confidence, knowledge, and skills land your first professional job quickly,

The Grad CareerFestival is organized into four tracks

  1. Career Management – On Thursday, July 27th, nine career authors, and nine online career tool providers will provide tips, strategies, and advice on managing one’s career.
  2. Job Search: On Friday, July 28th, nine authors, and nine online career tool providers will offer tips, strategies, and advice on managing the job search process.
  3. Post-Graduation Advice – On Saturday, July 29th, nine authors, and nine online career tool providers will provide tips, strategies, and advice on navigating post-graduation life.
  4. Career Coaching – Each day from 8 pm – 10 pm EDT four certified career coaches will lead thought-provoking discussions to help you find direction and meaning in launching and leading a successful career and life.

Register with promo code FIUalumni at: http://www.gradcareerfestival.com


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In The News

  • posted Jan 25, 2017

    Save 20% on SOBEWFF while supporting FIU

    FIU is proud to announce an exclusive offer for FIU alumni! Save 20% on each ticket for: Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company hosted by Valerie Bertinelli & Alex Guarnaschelli on Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village […]

  • posted Jul 13, 2016

    Thomas Schroeder ’11 makes a difference

    Donor Spotlight Thomas Schroeder ’11 Product & Strategy Lead – Financials, Aon Hewitt   What do you love most about FIU and your involvement here? I love being able to serve on the Young Alumni Council, helping recent graduates find their place in the professional world and helping prepare future graduates with some of the […]




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Council Facts

30% of FIU alumni are 35 and under.
The majority of FIU young alumni work in Education, Engineering and Marketing.
The Young Alumni Council is comprised of 20 graduates of varied backgrounds.

Sponsored By


Martha Ochoa ’14
Commission Liaison
Viviana Jordan ’07
Vice President
Chief of Staff to Board Member
Juan Hidalgo ’06
Marcos Oyola ’11
Senior Pricing Analyst
David Axelman ’08
Career Development Chair
Hiram Hernandez ’03
Philanthropy Chair
Financial Advisor
Hernando A. Lalinde ’14
Marketing & Branding Chair
Project Manager
Christos Meletis ’13
Events Chair
General Manager & Co-Owner


Jose Bowles ’08
Corporate Partnerships Manager
Angelique Freire ’10
Community Relations Manager
Mario Di Giovanni ’13
Junior Political Consultant
Phillip Lloyd Hamilton ’12, ’15
Director, Outreach & Program Development
Kelly Mejia ’14
Senior Project Engineer
Yvrose Merizier ’15
Claims Adjuster
Progressive Insurance Company
Jose Navarro
HR Specialist
Arvind Parsan ’10
R&D Engineer
Thomas Pla ’03
VP, Private Banker
Bernardette Salgado
Commercial Capability Manager
Lily Saviñon ’10
Founder & Creative Director
Thomas Schroeder ’11
Financials Sales Director
Lisette Szeto ’11
Curriculum Support Specialist

Past Presidents

Hiram Hernandez ’03

Past Board Members