Mike Asencio, M.S.

Program Director

Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy

Email: masencio@fiu.edu


Mike Asencio serves as Program Director of Cybersecurity at the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy. In this role, he manages a statewide cybersecurity for executive leadership professional education program (CyberSecureFlorida Training Initiative), an initiative funded by Cyber Florida. His primary focus areas encompass AI, cybersecurity, cyber infrastructure resiliency, cyber safety, and public policy in cyber, reflecting his commitment to safeguarding digital landscapes.

From 2021-2022, Mike held a pivotal role as Program Manager at the Office of Engagement at Florida International University (FIU). He was instrumental in spearheading community engagement projects, notably those centered around emerging technologies such as Blockchain and Web3. His efforts also extended to nurturing startups in the technology sector, reinforcing his dedication to fostering innovation and driving economic development in the tech industry.

From 2015-2021, Mike held a pivotal role as Director of the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) at FIU. He was a strategic force, leading the charge to transform dLOC into the world's foremost digital library of Caribbean content. His leadership was instrumental in expanding dLOC's partnerships, fostering collaborations with over 80 regional partners. Mike also helped amplify the use of dLOC, enhancing global access to an expansive collection of Caribbean cultural, historical, and research materials.

Mike Asencio's career trajectory highlights his versatile expertise and his ability to apply innovative solutions to complex challenges. His dedication to public policy, cybersecurity, and community engagement continues to influence his work, shaping the future of cybersecurity and digital technology landscapes.

Fluent in Spanish, he holds a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, Learning Technologies and a B.A. from FIU.