Leadership Annual Giving Officer
Office: Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
Matthew H. Fernandez is currently a Leadership Annual Giving Officer within FIU Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. Matthew will serve as a front-line fundraiser as part of our Leadership Annual Giving program within the Alumni Relations and Annual Giving team. His role will be critical in helping us reach the Next Horizon Capital Campaign goal, through securing $1,000 – $24,999 annual level philanthropic commitments to FIU from alumni and friends, while creating and maintaining a fruitful pipeline.
Matthew is a Miami native and excited to be returning home after his recent tenure at Michigan State University, where he was a Development Associate. He was responsible for securing multiple $50,000 commitments as part of their hands-on development program for major gift officers. Prior to his role at MSU, Matthew was at the University of Miami where he spearheaded their Young Alumni & Student Philanthropy program. Matthew and his team won the CASE III – Award of Excellence, Best Practice in Alumni Relations for UM Senior Sendoff: Today’s Graduates, Tomorrow’s Alumni. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami, and is currently pursuing his Corporate MBA at the FIU College of Business.