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Benitez, Sonia Odette

Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

Office: AHC2 597

Phone: 305-348-4537


Ms. Sonia O. Benitez joined Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (FIU HWCOM) in January 2012 as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society. The department provides the leadership, organizational, and curricular infrastructure that facilitates the management and implementation of Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™, the centerpiece of FIU HWCOM groundbreaking, nationally recognized medical education program. As COO, Ms. Benitez has brought to the College of Medicine a wealth of experience in business, finance, and nonprofit management, as well as creating, leading, and sustaining work teams to effectively and efficiently accomplish goals. Prior to her employment at HWCOM, Ms. Benitez served as Chief Financial Officer-Vice President of Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc., a nonprofit organization created in response for local control and leadership of the newly-privatized child welfare system. Ms. Benitez joined Our Kids since its inception; she was instrumental in successfully launching the start-up phase and transitioning services from the state of Florida to Our Kids. Before Our Kids, Ms. Benitez served as Managing Owner of Benitez & Associates, PA, providing consulting services to real estate and international clients. From 1997 to 2002, she was Vice President of Finance for Visa International for the Latin America and the Caribbean region, where she led financial planning, treasury, accounting, financial operations, international business, and tax teams. Prior to Visa International, she was an International Tax Consultant with Price Waterhouse, LLP from 1993 to 1997 her responsibilities included transaction analysis, tax planning, private placement consulting specializing in Latin America and the review of tax compliance for domestic corporations and partnerships. Ms. Benitez attended FIU where she received a Bachelor in Accounting and a Master in Taxation.