Michelle L. Palacio
Senior Vice President for Strategic Communications, Government and External Affairs
Michelle L. Palacio was appointed the Senior Vice President for Strategic Communications, Government and External Affairs in June 2021. Her responsibilities include the development and implementation of the university's marketing and communications strategy, governmental relations, and community relations.
Prior to her appointment, Michelle served FIU for seven years as the Vice President of Governmental Relations, where she is responsible for providing strategic leadership for all aspects of governmental relations at federal, state, and local levels. Under Michelle’s leadership, FIU has received historic legislative funding to support student success, expand research initiatives, and improve community health.
As Vice President, Michelle led the expansion of FIU’s footprint with the launch of a center in Washington, D.C., aimed at increasing the university’s national research agenda and to provide students with dynamic academic internships and career opportunities. Michelle is focused on securing FIU’s priorities and highlighting FIU as a key engine of social-mobility. This outcomes-based approach has led to direct investments in FIU’s students, faculty, and researchers.
Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She has completed a leadership program at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.