Hector Cadavid

Director of Academics

Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy

Email: hcadavid@fiu.edu


Hector D. Cadavid is the Deputy Director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and currently serves as the Director of Academics. In this capacity he oversees the institute’s graduate and undergraduate certificates in National Security Studies and undergraduate certificates Cybersecurity Intelligence and Information Policy, and Public Policy Studies. Hector also leads the institute’s nationally renowned Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) Intelligence Fellowship—a workforce development program designed to broaden the talent pool of the Intelligence Community, diversify the federal workforce, and demystify the intelligence community among the American population. He manages the institute’s workforce development partnerships with the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and across the intelligence community. Additionally, he serves as the university and workforce development liaison for the Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council – Latin Regional Committee (OSAC – LARC) and US SOUTHCOM. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at FIU and teaches classes on Latin America Politics. His research interests include national security, intelligence, and regional politics in South America, particularly the Andean region.

Hector received a B.S. in Political Science and International Affairs from Florida State University (2002) and holds an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies along with certificates in National Security Studies and Peace and Conflict Resolution from Florida International University (2007). He is also a graduate of FIU’s High-Impact Leadership Program (2018), the United States Army War College National Security Seminar (2017), and the FBI Citizens Academy (2023).