Making Their Mark
MDC Trustee Devotes Time to Mentoring
Taking time from a busy legal practice, Marili Cancio serves as a role model providing support and encouragement to Miami Dade College students in the vital Single Stop Mentoring Program.
Appointed by Gov. Rick Scott last year to Miami Dade College’s District Board of Trustees, she regularly meets in person and exchanges emails with her student as part of the two-year commitment designed to build trusting relationships.
Ensuring Future Success
Cancio appreciates the importance of the innovative initiative. When her student graduates, “she will be more likely to continue her studies and that will improve her quality of life tremendously,” said Cancio, managing partner at Cancio Johnson & Echarte P.L., who specializes in corporate, real estate and international law. “Studies have shown that students who have mentors are more likely to complete their degrees and not drop out of school.”
A Miami Beach native with a great affection for the South Florida community, Cancio said Miami Dade College is “one of the finest institutions in the country and has excellent leadership.”
Continuing a Noble Legacy
As a board member, she is interested in “promoting good stewardship of tax dollars” and hopes to continue the fine work accomplished by other trustees. In addition to attending board meetings, she also brings her expertise to reviewing and approving financial, policy and strategic decisions and to educating legislators about the College’s needs.
Cancio has previously served on important community boards such as the Trust of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and chaired the Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board for Miami-Dade County.
Her own educational accomplishments include a degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. She also earned the top grade in her class in one of her courses at MDC, which she fondly recalls as “a great Miami Dade College experience.”
— Staff Report
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