letter from the chairperson
Jorge C. Garrido has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics, is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, and is a Life Member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), is a Registered Financial Consultant (RFC), Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF), and received the Retirement Planning Specialist designation from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Jorge served on the board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters (Chairman 2005-07), Communities in Schools, and the Hundred Club of Broward, receiving the Board Member of the Year award by Big Brothers Big Sisters in 1992. He also volunteers with the March of Dimes in Broward County, the Palm Beach Habilitation Center and The Hispanic Vote.
Michael Garcia was born in Salinas, Puerto Rico, and came to the mainland as a young child. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Broward County in 2003.
Receiving his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Board Law Center, and his undergraduate degree from St. John's University. Michael has become a successful commercial litigator and government affairs attorney, with his practice located in Plantation, Florida.
Michael is a founder and board member of Father Celsus Education Foundation and is involved with the Cooper City Optimist, as a Coach. Michael is currently the Executive Board Secretary, for The Hispanic Vote.
Mrs. Mastrarrigo has been practicing law for the last seventeen years. Most of those years where in the public sector. In 1996, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida. Mrs. Mastrarrigo attended the University of Central Florida on a full scholarship for athletics. Mrs. Mastrarrigo went on to earn her Juris Doctorate in 1999 from the University of Miami School of Law.
In 1999, is when she began her career as an Assistant Public Defender at the Broward County Public Defender’s Office where she represented the poor charged with misdemeanors, felonies and children charged in juvenile court. For a few years, Mrs. Mastrarrigo worked in the private sector handling misdemeanors, felonies and juvenile delinquency charges, but returned to her passion – public service at the Public Defender’s Office.