43 Notable alumni of
Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College is 1145th in the world, 419th in North America, and 393rd in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 43 notable alumni from Miami Dade College sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Oscar Isaac

    Oscar Isaac
    Born in
    Guatemala Flag Guatemala
    Years
    1979-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    guitaristsingerstage actorfilm actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada is a Guatemalan-American actor. He starred in the tragicomedy Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, the crime drama A Most Violent Year (2014), and the science fiction thriller Ex Machina (2014).

  2. Steven Bauer

    Steven Bauer
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    film actoractortelevision actorfilm producermusician
    Biography

    Steven Bauer is a Cuban-born American actor. Bauer began his career on PBS, portraying Joe Peña, the son of Cuban immigrants on ¿Qué Pasa, USA? (1977–1980) and is perhaps most famous for his role as the Cuban drug lord Manny Ribera in the 1983 crime drama Scarface, in which he starred alongside Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. He also played the drug cartel leader Eladio Vuente in Breaking Bad and in Better Call Saul and as the retired Mossad agent Avi Rudin in Ray Donovan (2013–2020).

  3. Victoria Principal

    Victoria Principal
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    television actoractormodelsingerentrepreneur
    Biography

    Vicki Ree Principal, later known as Victoria Principal, is an American actress, producer, entrepreneur, and author, best known for her role as Pamela Barnes Ewing on the American primetime television soap opera series Dallas. She spent nine years on the long-running series, leaving in 1987. Afterwards, she began her own production company, Victoria Principal Productions, focusing mostly on television films. In the mid-1980s, she became interested in natural beauty therapies, and in 1989, she created a self-named line of skincare products, Principal Secret.

  4. Harry Wayne Casey

    Harry Wayne Casey
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    singersinger-songwriterrecord producer
    Biography

    Harry Wayne Casey, better known by his stage name K.C., is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his band, KC and the Sunshine Band, as a producer of several hits for other artists, and as a pioneer of the disco genre of the 1970s.

  5. Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio

    Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    dancerbank tellercheerleader
    Biography

    Jeanette Christina Dousdebes Rubio is married to United States Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio.

  6. Michel Martelly

    Michel Martelly
    Born in
    Haiti Flag Haiti
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    politicianmusiciansinger-songwriter
    Biography

    Michel Joseph Martelly is a Haitian singer and former politician who served as the President of Haiti from May 2011 until February 2016. He is from Côte-de-fer, a commune located in the South East of Haiti. Martelly was one of Haiti's best-known musicians for over a decade, going by the stage name Sweet Micky. For business and musical reasons, Martelly has moved a number of times between the United States and Haiti. When travelling to the United States, Martelly mostly stays in Florida. After his presidency, Martelly returned to his former band and sang a carnival meringue entitled "Bal Bannan nan" (Give Her the Banana), as a mocking response to Liliane Pierre Paul, a famous Haitian female journalist in Port-au-prince.

  7. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Enrolled in Miami Dade College
    In 1972 graduated with associate degree
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is a politician and lobbyist from Miami, Florida, who represented Florida's 27th congressional district from 1989 to 2019. By the end of her tenure, she was the most senior U.S. Representative from Florida. She was Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2011–2013. In 1989, Ros-Lehtinen won a special election and became the first Cuban American and Latina elected to Congress. She was also the first Republican woman elected to the House from Florida. Ros-Lehtinen gave the first Republican response to the State of the Union address in Spanish in 2011, and gave the third in 2014.

  8. Elvira Salazar

    Elvira Salazar
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Maria Elvira Salazar is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 27th congressional district. She is currently one of the Republican assistant whips under Steve Scalise. Prior to entering politics, she worked for the Spanish-language network Telemundo for three decades after serving as a news anchor for Miami-based Mega TV. She has also worked for CNN Español and Univision.

  9. Mireya Moscoso

    Mireya Moscoso
    Born in
    Panama Flag Panama
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mireya Elisa Moscoso Rodríguez de Arias is a Panamanian politician who served as the President of Panama from 1999 to 2004. She is the country's first female president.

  10. Al Cardenas

    Al Cardenas
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    lawyerlobbyist
    Biography

    Alberto Remigio Cárdenas y Pardo is a Cuban-American lawyer, politician and conservative activist who is a partner in the law firm of Squire Patton Boggs and in the Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners. He has been named as one of Washington D.C.'s top lobbyists by The Hill newspaper. Cardenas was a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida A&M University.

  11. John Mica

    John Mica
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-.. (age 79)
    Enrolled in Miami Dade College
    Graduated with associate degree
    Occupations
    politicianbusinessperson
    Biography

    John Luigi Mica is an American businessman, consultant and Republican politician who represented Florida's 7th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2017. He was defeated by Democrat Stephanie Murphy in the November 8, 2016, general election while serving his 12th term in office.

  12. Mickey Rivers

    Mickey Rivers
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    John Milton "Mickey" Rivers is an American former baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball from 1970 to 1984 for the California Angels, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. As a member of the Yankees, he was part of two World Series championship teams, both wins over the Los Angeles Dodgers, in 1977 and 1978. "Mick The Quick" was generally known as a speedy leadoff hitter who made contact and was an excellent center fielder, with a below-average throwing arm.

  13. Joe Garcia

    Joe Garcia
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Enrolled in Miami Dade College
    Graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianlawyerdirector
    Biography

    José Antonio Garcia Jr., known as Joe Garcia, is an American attorney and politician who served as the U.S Representative for Florida's 26th congressional district; he was defeated in his 2014 bid for re-election and left office on January 3, 2015. The district includes most of western Miami-Dade County, as well as the Florida Keys. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He is the former executive director of the Cuban American National Foundation and was nominated by President Barack Obama to be director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact and Diversity of the United States Department of Energy, a position for which he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.

  14. Carlos Lopez-Cantera

    Carlos Lopez-Cantera
    Born in
    Spain Flag Spain
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Carlos Lopez-Cantera is an American politician who served as the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Florida from 2014 to 2019.

  15. Alexander Torrenegra

    Alexander Torrenegra
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1993-.. (age 29)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Alexander Torrenegra is a Colombian-American entrepreneur, inventor, and investor. He founded multiple companies including Torre, Voice123, and Bunny Studio. He is also one of the "shark" investors on the Sony's reality television series, Shark Tank Colombia. He was featured in MIT's list of Innovators Under 35 in 2012.

  16. Pedro Gomez

    Pedro Gomez
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    journalistsports commentator
    Biography

    Pedro Gomez was an American sports journalist. He worked as a reporter for ESPN from 2003 to 2021, contributing to the network's SportsCenter show. He was primarily a baseball reporter and was also a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America who cast election votes for the Baseball Hall of Fame. He covered 25 World Series and 22 Major League Baseball All-Star Games.

  17. Madelaynne Montaño

    Madelaynne Montaño
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1983-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    volleyball player
    Biography

    Madelaynne Montaño Caicedo is a female volleyball player from Colombia, who won the silver medal at the 2012 FIVB Club World Championship playing with Rabita Baku.

  18. Ralph de la Vega

    Ralph de la Vega
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Ralph de la Vega is the former Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions and AT&T International. He has previously served as President & CEO of AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions; President and CEO of AT&T Mobility; COO of Cingular Wireless; President of BellSouth Latin America Operations; and the President of Broadband and Internet Services for BellSouth. He is also the author of the 2009 book Obstacles Welcome: How to Turn Adversity to Advantage in Business and Life. Ralph de la Vega retired December 31, 2016, after a 42-year career with AT&T.

  19. Cesar Santos

    Cesar Santos
    Years
    1982-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    artist
    Biography

    Cesar Santos is a contemporary Cuban-American artist and portrait painter. He is better known for his body of work "Syncretism", a term he uses to describe paintings where he presents two or more art tendencies in aesthetic balance. He has completed numerous commissions and his work is held in private as well as public collections around the world.

  20. Randy Bush

    Randy Bush
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Robert Randall Bush is a former professional baseball player. He is currently a front office member of the Chicago Cubs. With the hiring of Theo Epstein, Bush will continue as an assistant General Manager, and will be involved in the hiring process of the field and scouting staff.

  21. Paige McPherson

    Paige McPherson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1990-.. (age 32)
    Occupations
    taekwondo athlete
    Biography

    Paige Arielle "McFierce" McPherson is an Olympic taekwondo competitor from the United States.

  22. Elsa Murano

    Elsa Murano
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    academic
    Biography

    Elsa Alina Murano is the former President of Texas A&M University.

  23. Rene Garcia

    Rene Garcia
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    René García is a Republican politician from Florida. He has served on the Miami-Dade County Commission since 2020, representing the Hialeah area. He previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008 and in the Florida Senate from 2010 to 2018.

  24. Raul L. Martinez

    Raul L. Martinez
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Raúl L. Martínez is a former mayor of Hialeah, Florida, United States. He is a Democrat and was mayor for 24 years, first elected in 1981 and was the Democratic congressional candidate for Florida's 21st congressional district in 2008.

  25. Danilo Maldonado Machado

    Danilo Maldonado Machado
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1983-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    muralisthuman rights activist
    Biography

    Danilo Maldonado Machado, known as El Sexto, born April 1, 1983, is a Cuban graffiti artist and human rights activist who has been arrested and imprisoned several times in Cuba. He was arrested in the United States in 2018 and charged with a felony, aggravated stalking, for violating an ex parte restraining order filed by his ex-girlfriend Alexandra Martinez. He pled guilty in 2019 to aggravated stalking and was released from prison where he was held for one year without bail. He is a convicted felon currently on two years of probation. However, his conviction was only due to an ex parte order and the so-called victim failed to even show up for the actual injunction hearing and the injunction was dismissed.

  26. Yolett McPhee-McCuin

    Yolett McPhee-McCuin
    Born in
    Bahamas Flag Bahamas
    Years
    1983-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    basketball coach
    Biography

    Yolett McPhee-McCuin is the current head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels women's basketball team. Her team at Jacksonville University won the 2016 ASUN Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

  27. Geraldine F. Thompson

    Geraldine F. Thompson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Geraldine Fortenberry Thompson is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party, who currently serves as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 44th District. The district includes Windermere, Winter Garden, Gotha, Lake Buena Vista, Oakland, parts of Ocoee, and the Dr. Phillips, Horizon West, and Williamsburg communities in Southwest Orange County, FL. The district contains Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld, International Drive, and the Orange County Convention Center.

  28. Willy Gort

    Willy Gort
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1940-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Wilfredo Gort de los Llanos is a Cuban-American politician. Gort was a former City of Miami Commissioner (1993–2001), and in 1996 its mayor (acting). In 2010 Gort returned to the City commission in the special election and was reelected in 2011 and 2015. Gort retired and opted to not run in the 2019 elections being succeeded by Alex Diaz de la Portilla. Gort is the son of photographer, Alfredo “Willy” Gort (1909–2003) and Miami Cuban civic leader, Esther de los Llanos de Gort (1915–1984). He and his parents fled Cuba in 1952 after Fulgencio Batista overthrew the government and moved to Miami. In 1959, after Fidel Castro came to power, he returned to Cuba for 3 days and again went into exile.

  29. Mirta Ojito

    Mirta Ojito
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Mirta Ojito is a Cuban-born author and journalist. She has written two nonfiction books, Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus a book about her journey to the U.S. as a teenager in the Mariel boatlift, and Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town." She was part of a group of New York Times reporters who shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 for a series of articles about race in America. More recently, she was a member of the Telemundo team that won an Emmy for the coverage of Pope Francis's visit to the Americas.

  30. Bryan Avila

    Bryan Avila
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1984-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Bryan Avila is a Republican politician who currently serves as a member of the Florida House of Representatives. He has represented the 111th District, which includes parts of Miami and Hialeah in northeastern Miami-Dade County, since 2014. Avila will be term limited in 2022 and has announced his intention to run for Miami Dade County commission district 6.

  31. Alberto Gutman

    Alberto Gutman
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1959-2019 (aged 60)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Alberto Gutman was a Cuban-American politician. Born to a Jewish family in Havana, Cuba, he moved to the United States when he was 6 years old.

  32. Willie Logan

    Willie Logan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Willie Logan is an American politician from the U.S. state of Florida. A former member of the Florida House of Representatives, he campaigned for the United States Senate as an Independent in 2000.

  33. Madeline Pumariega

    Madeline Pumariega
    Biography

    Madeline Pumariega is the fifth president of Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida. She is the first female to hold the post.

  34. Nelson Santovenia

    Nelson Santovenia
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Nelson Gil Santovenia Mayol, is a former professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues primarily as a catcher from 1987 to 1993. He played college baseball at the University of Miami. He is currently the hitting coach for the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

  35. Luis Garcia

    Luis Garcia
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Luis R. García, Jr. is a Democratic politician from Florida and the retired Fire Department Chief of Miami Beach. He served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives, representing parts of Miami Beach, Miami, and Coral Gables from 2006 to 2012. Previously, he served for seven years on the Miami Beach City Commission.

  36. Chino Cadahia

    Chino Cadahia
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Aurelio "Chino" Cadahia is a Major League Baseball coach.

  37. Mitch Needelman

    Mitch Needelman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mitch Needelman is a former member of the Florida House of Representatives serving as a Republican. He represented the 31st district from 2000 to 2008.

  38. Eduardo Gonzalez

    Eduardo Gonzalez
    Born in
    Cuba Flag Cuba
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Eduardo González is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 111th District, which includes parts of Miami and Hialeah in northeastern Miami-Dade County, since 2012, previously representing the 102nd District from 2006 to 2012.

  39. Dorothy Elliston Hindman

    Dorothy Elliston Hindman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    musiciancomposermusic pedagogue
    Biography

    Dorothy Hindman is an American composer and music educator.

  40. Dave Augustine

    Dave Augustine
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    David Ralph Augustine is an American former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 1973 and 1974 baseball seasons.

  41. Lawrence G. Abele

    Lawrence G. Abele
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Enrolled in Miami Dade College
    Graduated with associate degree
    Occupations
    biologist
    Biography

    Lawrence Gordon Abele is an American academic in the Department of Biological Science and the former Provost at Florida State University. He is a Distinguished University Professor at FSU, and he was appointed to the Provost position in 1994.

  42. Charles Chestnut IV

    Charles Chestnut IV
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Charles S. "Chuck" Chestnut IV is a Democratic politician who currently serves as an Alachua County Commissioner, representing the 5th District from 2012 to the present. Prior to being elected to the Alachua County Commission, Chestnut served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2012, representing the 96th District.

  43. Jane Hart

    Jane Hart
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    curator
    Biography

    Jane Hart is an American curator, gallerist and artist in New York City. She has worked as an art curator since 1993, having been a gallery owner in Los Angeles and Miami, and a contemporary art professional in Manhattan and London. As an artist (working under the alias TJ Ahearn) she has exhibited internationally, with solo exhibitions in South Florida and Cleveland, Ohio. Her specialty is contemporary collage, with works in private collections in the United States and abroad.