Nilda R. Pedrosa
Assistant Dean, Development & External Affairs
B.A., Florida International University
J.D., New England Law (with honors)
Dean Pedrosa joined FIU College of Law as Assistant Dean for Development & External Affairs, responsible for strategic communications, marketing and development, after 8 years of service in the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government.
Pedrosa served as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Mel Martinez and advised the Senator on key policy issues including immigration reform, trade, healthcare and foreign policy with an emphasis on Latin America. She also served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.
Prior to her work in Congress, Dean Pedrosa served at the U.S. Department of State and was the Secretary of State’s principal liaison among state, local and territorial governments. Pedrosa managed the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and developed various public diplomacy initiatives for implementation at U.S. Embassies around the world. She also served as an official member of the U.S. Delegation to the Free Trade Area of the Americas Ministerial.
Pedrosa also served as Director of Public Policy & Governmental Relations at Miami Children’s Hospital. As the founding Director of the department, Pedrosa developed and implemented wide-range advocacy programs for children at the hospital and in the community.
Dean Pedrosa is a Member of the 3rd District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission and she previously served on the 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission finishing her 8 year term as Chairman.
Dean Pedrosa is a frequent speaker and lecturer on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. She is a graduate of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Leadership Miami program and is also an active supporter of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center after completing a legal internship with the organization. Dean Pedrosa also served on the Board of Directors and on the Statewide Advocacy Committee of the American Cancer Society and currently serves on the Board of Directors of One Nation, an organization that assists legal permanent residents apply for United States Citizenship and on the Advisory Council for Strong Women, Strong Girls.
Pedrosa received her undergraduate degree at Florida International University and her law degree at New England Law in Boston, Massachusetts.