About MDC

Board of Trustees


Bernie Navarro

Bernie Navarro

Bernie Navarro is president of Benworth Capital Partners, a privately-held real estate investment company headquartered in South Miami. He founded the firm in 2008. Since then, he and his team have built one of the most successful alternative and traditional private lending entities in Florida, including a crowdfund platform.

Navarro has been serving on the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College since 2014, providing leadership oversight for the College’s Idea Center as a member of the entrepreneurial institute’s board of directors. He also serves as Chairman of the LBA Construction and Business Management Academy, the first business charter high school founded by a business association in the United States. The nonprofit Academy has received recognition by Fortune 500 companies, national educators and U.S. government officials specializing in educational issues.

Navarro has also been active in the Latin Builders Association (LBA) including serving as Past President. He was a panelist to select candidates to participate in the President’s Commission of White House Fellows, one of the nation’s premier programs to provide young leaders with first-hand experience in Federal government. 
He has held a number of trade missions on behalf of the South Florida business community, working with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the City of Miami Mayor’s Office and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Throughout his career, Navarro has received numerous honors and awards, including recognition in South Florida Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” issue as one of the region’s best and brightest.

Navarro earned an A.L.M. degree in Government from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Miami. He lives in South Miami with his wife and their three children.