Governor appoints Marc Sarnoff to the FIU Board of Trustees


Governor Rick Scott has announced the appointment of former Miami commissioner Marc Sarnoff to the Florida International University Board of Trustees.

“We are delighted to have Marc Sarnoff as the new member on our Board of Trustees,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “Trustee Sarnoff’s accomplishments and experience in private practice and public service will be of great value to the board and to FIU.”

Marc Sarnoff is a former Commissioner for District 2 of the City of Miami, and has held the position of chairman and vice chair for the City of Miami Commission. He was the Chairman of the Downtown Development Authority, Chairman of the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, Chairman of the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District, as well as the Chairman of the Community Redevelopment Authority. In 2015, Governor Rick Scott appointed him to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, which manages the Florida Transportation Budget.

Sarnoff is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator since 2005. He is a highly skilled trial attorney who specialized in Maritime Law.

“I am honored to have been chosen to serve on the FIU Board of Trustees,” Sarnoff said. “FIU is an anchor institution in our community and I look forward to working with my fellow trustees to assist President Rosenberg’s team in making FIU better every day and expanding it for the benefit of all of South Florida.”

Sarnoff majored in criminology at the University of Tampa, received his J.D at Loyola School of Law and attended Tulane Law School’s LL.M. program in maritime law. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Sarnoff moved to Miami and settled in Coconut Grove in 1987. In 2001, he married his wife, Teresa Sarnoff. He was elected to serve in the City Commission in 2006 and was re-elected for a second term in 2011.

He succeeds Mayi de la Vega for a term that began March 24, 2016, and ends January 6, 2021.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

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