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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

Young Alumni Pub Crawl @ Fado Irish Pub
Jun 17 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Join us for the 3rd Annual Young Alumni Pub Crawl benefiting FIU Graduate Student Scholarships. Spend your Saturday afternoon enjoying the best bars in Mary Brickell Village with fellow alumni while supporting a great cause.

Grab a friend and meet us at Baru as we get the crawl started!

Tickets will increase to $25 after June 9.

The price includes: 3 drink tickets, light appetizers, an exclusive t-shirt and cup.

Register Now

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Stay connected with your FIU Young Alumni Council across Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Whether you want to keep up with your fellow Panthers, build your network or share your adventures, we have something for everyone. Be sure to follow us and use our hashtag #FIUalumni to keep spreading Panther Spirit wherever life takes you.

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