Denise Fernandez

Grant Liaison, Foundation Relations | Program Coordinator, FIU Foundation Office of Inclusive Philanthropy

Phone: 305-348-8327



A Miami native, Denise proudly joined FIU in 2017 as an Administrative Assistant for the Advancement team in the College of Arts & Sciences (CASE). She was quickly promoted to Advancement Resource Liaison where she led the development operations at CASE. During her time at the college, she created many innovative systems that helped the frontline team optimize development resources and increase fundraising for the unit. In 2019, Denise joined the College of Engineering & Computing where she was a partner in building a successful fundraising unit, increasing fundraising by 675% in two years, raising $11.6M last fiscal year up from $1.5M the year prior to their tenure.

Denise now serves as the Grant Liaison for Foundation Relations and Program Coordinator for the FIU Foundation Office of Inclusive Philanthropy.