Griselle Marino, a five-time Emmy Award nominee, and two-time Emmy award-winning journalist, currently serving as the Communications and Media Director for the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioner's Office of Community Advocacy, Marino has served Miami-Dade County Government as the Director of Media for Chairman Jean Monestime; Assistant Director of Media under Chairman Dennis C. Moss , Chairman Joe A. Martinez; and Chairman Bruno A. Barreiro. She also served as Public Affairs Manager at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department and the Office of Emergency Management. In 2004, when she first joined the County, she was as a Public Information Officer at Miami-Dade Aviation Department. Her work experience includes one year in the County’s Integrated Communications Division where she obtained more than 50 new media, web analytics and digital marketing certificates.
In the private sector, Marino worked as a News Anchor at Bay News 9, a 24-hour news station affiliated with CNN in St. Petersburg, Florida. During Marino's tenure at the Bay, she covered local, national, and international news; such as the end-of-life legal debate of the case of Terri Schiavo, the death of Pope John Paul II, and the disappearance and murder of Jessica Lunsford. Additionally, she had a one-on-one exclusive interview with Lord Spencer, brother of the late Princess Diana.
In Miami, she hosted a community assistance segment for Channel 41 and worked as a journalist for Telemundo, Channel 51 where she was the recipient of two Emmy Awards in the categories of writing and investigative reporting. Overall, she has five Emmy nominations in the categories of public affairs reporting, investigative reporting, and writing. Her storied career as a reporter has given Marino the opportunity to interview several prominent leaders, including his Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco; former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev; former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias; Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa; 16th Surgeon General of the United States David Satcher; and many other local, state, and national elected officials.
As for formal education, after completing high school, Marino attended Miami Dade College (MDC) where she obtained an Associate in Arts in Business Administration and Florida International University (FIU), where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and a minor in English. While studying at FIU, she was a staff writer for "The Beacon," FIU's official newspaper. Upon graduation, she interned at Univision's Miami affiliate and soon afterward, she landed her first reporter's job for WSUA 1260 AM, Radio Caracol, where she interviewed U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot and former Nicaraguan President Violeta Chamorro.
Marino's quest for knowledge did not stop with her bachelor's degree; she completed two years of legal studies (43 credits) at FIU's College of Law and obtained employment at the office of well-known criminal defense trial attorney Roy Black. As a legal assistant, she worked on high-profile cases and gained incalculable practical legal knowledge. Marino was also invited to several Florida Supreme Court media seminars and as a panelist to debate controversial legal issues. She has also been recognized by Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on the floor of the United States Congress for her journalistic efforts to reunite a Colombian mother with her two daughters who were abducted to the Middle East by their Syrian father.
Marino is multi-lingual, speaking English, Spanish, French and Portuguese and currently serves as an Emmy judge for the National Acadamy of Television Arts and Sciences. It all started in 2005, when she was one of 18 judges from across the country coming together to score entries submitted for consideration in the Lone Star Emmy Awards. Five years later, in April 2010, the Latino Leaders Network, a Washington D.C. organization, named Marino a "Media Latino Leader."
In 2011, Marino became a member of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force, traveled to FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg to receive specialized training on the Joint Information Center structure and the National Incident Management System which provide a nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
She has also received public information training on weapons of mass destruction/terrorist incidents and military base and port community resiliency initiatives. While at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, she represented the Office of Emergency Management at Turkey Point’s FEMA evaluated and non-evaluated emergency response training exercises at Miami International Airport. Marino has federal and state government clearance.
In addition, she has been a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Information Officers Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Association, the Public Relations Society of America, and the Suncoast Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.
Marino is the 2020 Communications and Literature winner of the prestigious "In the Company of Women" award. In 2017, she received a distinction from her Alma Mater, Florida International University and an appointment from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) to be a Media Relations Reservist in the External Affairs cadre. In November 2020, Women Magazine featured Marino , and in May 2021, FIU appointed her to the Dean’s Advisory Board of Florida International University’s School of Communication and Journalism.