Katherine Fernandez Rundle was raised in Miami, Florida. She attended local Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Miami-Dade College before graduating from the University of Miami with her Bachelor’s Degree in 1973. She received both her Master’s degree in Criminology and law degree from the University of Cambridge Law School in England in 1976. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Fernandez Rundle became a prosecutor with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. After several promotions through different divisions within the office, she became legal counsel to the Dade County Grand Jury, serving longer than any other previous counsel.
Ms. Fernandez Rundle is Miami-Dade County’s and Florida’s first Cuban-American State Attorney, having been re-elected six times since 1993. She was unopposed during this last year’s election and started her seventh term as the County’s top law enforcement officer this month. Her passion and interest in public service is in large part due to the inspiration of her father, Dr. Carlos Benito Fernandez, Miami’s first Hispanic Judge and a founder of the Cuban American Bar Association, South Florida’s largest Hispanic legal organization of which Ms. Fernandez Rundle was elected its first female president in 1993.
She is often considered a prosecutorial innovator for her many ground-breaking accomplishments including Florida’s first domestic violence unit, misdemeanor domestic violence court, Dade’s nationally recognized “Drug Court” program, protecting the rights of children with her strict child support enforcement program, bringing to the community services and crime prevention assistance via her Community Outreach Division and her efforts to pioneer the fight against the sex trafficking of our children. Her Human Trafficking Task Force is a cooperative multi-agency law enforcement effort to arrest and prosecute those individuals who prey on our kids while finding ways to save and rehabilitate those victimized kids.Back