Ishoof named FIU vice president of engagement

Saif Ishoof, executive director of the Miami operations for national service and leadership program CityYear, has been named vice president of engagement at Florida International University. In his new post, Ishoof will forge partnerships with local, state and federal government and agencies that “link students, faculty and administrators with the outside world,” he said.

In annoucing the appointment via a release, FIU President Mark Rosenberg noted Ishoof’s “commitment to developing young people, as well as building civic institutions, international dialogue, and entrepreneurship.’’ Prior to joining CityYear, Ishoof was CEO of FCT Technologies Corp. and co-founder of TekFight entrepreneurial initiative. He grew up in Miami and earned his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

Ishoof iniated CityYear’s Miami program almost seven years ago. He leaves CityYear April 3 and assumes his FIU position May 3. “CityYear is in the best possible place for a leadership transition,” he said, speaking of a strong internal team. Current chief of staff Caryn Lavernia will serve as interim director during the search for a new CityYear executive.