Javier I. Marqués joined Florida International University in 2008 as the University's Chief of Staff, where he oversees the Office of the President, the Office of the Board of Trustees, and the Office of Internal Audit. Mr. Marqués provides leadership, motivation, and coordination to the University community and executes directives on behalf of the President on strategic issues to ensure that the University's goals and objectives are met. As a member of the President's senior leadership team, he serves as a member of the University's Executive Committee, Chaired the 2009 Presidential Transition, Chairs the university's Campus Master Plan Committee, Chairs the Student Athlete Academic Center Task Force and serves as liaison with Miami-Dade County and other local and state government agencies. Mr. Marqués works closely with university leadership and the university's operational departments to assure that the university's mission and goals are achieved.
Mr. Marqués was instrumental in creating what is today our Emergency Management Department to include the development of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at FIU which was the first EOC of its kind within the State University System. Based on his educational background and his involvement with the law enforcement community, he has been instrumental in recruiting top leadership for the Emergency Management Department and the FIU Police Department. Both departments have increased their collaboration with local and state agencies with his assistance.
Prior to joining FIU, Mr. Marqués was Chief of Staff at the Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners (BCC), where, for over eight years, he oversaw the office of County Commission Chairman Joe A. Martinez and Commission Offices including a budget of more than $7 million and the management of district and downtown offices. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Marqués successfully organized and developed the current Board of County Commission Office of Intergovernmental Affairs with offices in Tallahassee and Washington while strengthening local relationships with the Dade Delegation and local elected officials. He was instrumental in preparing language for a Resolution proposed by the Chairman and adopted by the Board of County Commissioners that allocated $10 Million to FIU's College of Medicine to create the Ambulatory Care Center which is known as FIU Health today and is available to the university community and the community at large.
Additionally, Mr. Marqués organized and developed the Office of the Commission Auditor and Legislative Analysis, the Divisions of Protocol, Employee Recognition and Media Relations, BCC Support Staff, and the BCC Sergeant at Arms. He also developed a BCC Command Post at the County's Emergency Operations Center to help local elected officials address the needs of their individual constituencies during hurricanes. Mr. Marqués has been credited for organizing and directing several hurricane relief missions within Florida in the aftermath of numerous hurricanes, as well as the largest organized relief effort to Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Mr. Marqués also represented the Board of County Commissioners on the planning committee for the MTV Video Music Awards and the Latin Grammys held in Miami Dade County, and co-chaired the Intergovernmental/Dignitary Sub-Committee for the 2007 Super Bowl Host Committee, as well as hosting numerous dignitaries and local, state, and federal officials.
Prior to working at Miami Dade County, Marqués held the posts of Assistant to the City Manager and Director of the Office of Public Information for the City of Miami.
Mr. Marqués is a member of the Social and Economic Development Council, serves on the Board of Directors for the South Florida After-School All-Stars, member of the Miami Dade County Police Benevolent Association, and the Miami Dade Association of Chiefs of Police. A lifetime member of the Florida International University Alumni Association, Marqués earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from FIU and an MBA from Lynn University. He also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Executive Education Program at Harvard University, the Center for Leadership's Leading Decisions Program at Florida International University, the Leadership Judgment Program at University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, and the Center for Creative Leadership Executive Education Program in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mr. Marqués is married to Lian Marie, they are the proud parents of two children, Elizabeth Marie and Javier Ignacio, Jr. and they live in Miami, Florida.
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