FIU welcomes two new members to the Board of Trustees

The Florida Board of Governors has announced the appointment of Natasha Lowell and Justo L. Pozo to the Florida International University Board of Trustees.

Lowell, left, and Pozo

Lowell, left, and Pozo

“FIU is thrilled to welcome these talented individuals to our already dynamic and accomplished Board of Trustees,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “With their guidance, FIU will continue on its trajectory to ensure that our community continues to create great jobs and to establish a high standard of living.”

Lowell is a senior vice president at Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust in private banking. She has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry. She began her career with The Kislak Companies in commercial real estate lending and was a construction lender at First Union Bank. She was a vice president at Great Florida Bank in commercial real estate and the president of Federated National Company.

She is a former board chair of the College Assistance Program Inc. (CAP Inc.) of the Miami Foundation. She has served on several boards including Take Stock for Children Miami, United Way Women’s Leadership Committee and Miami Bridge Youth and Family Service.

“My husband Jack and I have 5 children and all are college graduates,” said Lowell. “I hope to help FIU continue its great legacy of high quality affordable education for all future students to come.”

Pozo, who graduated from FIU in 1980 with a degree in accounting, is chairman of Pozo Capital Partners LLC. He has 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He co-founded and was president of Preferred Care Partners, Inc., one of the largest privately owned Medicare Advantage and Medicaid health plans in Florida. In May 2012 his company was acquired by United Healthcare Services, Inc. Under his leadership, Preferred distinguished itself as one of the premier health maintenance organizations in Florida with annual revenues in excess of $700 million.

He currently serves on the FIU Foundation Board of Directors and is the immediate past chairman of that board. He also is a board member of the FIU Athletic Finance Corporation.

“FIU has achieved great success over the years,” said Pozo. “As an alum, entrepreneur and in my philanthropic role I’ve had an opportunity to give back. As a trustee I will continue that work and make sure our entire university community understands that with great success comes great responsibility to our greater community.”

Lowell and Pozo have been appointed for five-year terms that began March 19, 2015.