City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff (District 2) was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1959. He attended the University of Tampa on a swimming scholarship, earning a BA in  criminology with honors. He interned as a law enforcement officer for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in his senior year at the University of Tampa.

Commissioner Sarnoff later attended the Loyola School of Law and continued his education through Tulane University's LLM program in admiralty.