Who We Are
The Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission (the Commission) was created in November 2017 as an independent and inclusive body led by Puerto Ricans. Locally led, and supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and the Ford Foundation, the Commission’s project, ReImagina Puerto Rico (RePR or ReImagina), developed recommendations to help rebuild Puerto Rico in a way that makes the island stronger – physically, economically, and socially – and more prepared to confront future challenges. The intent of the recommendations is to support Congress, federal agencies, and the local government and municipalities in their efforts to drive long term recovery on the island. The Commission is independent, non-partisan, non-governmental, and receives no public funding. It was funded entirely by philanthropic organizations as part of a broad effort to support the resilient recovery of Puerto Rico. The Commission serves as a unifying force among a diverse group of voices – all with a wide array of experiences and competencies – that evaluated and recommended priorities for Puerto Rico’s recovery. The Commission is currently working as a consensus builder and active collaborator with local and U.S. entities throughout this process.
Co-Chairs are leaders from civil society with diverse representation of interests and sectors of Puerto Rico, and were selected by the Funding Partners in consultation with local groups. Co-Chairs constitute the Commission and provided strategic guidance to the workings of the Commission’s efforts. They also evaluated, endorsed, and approved the recommendations in the ReImagina Puerto Rico Report.
MIGUEL A. SOTO-CLASS
CENTER FOR A NEW ECONOMY
Mike Soto founded the Center for a New Economy (CNE) in 1998, and since then, has steered CNE into becoming one of the most credible and influential voices in Puerto Rico. Since 2014, CNE has been recognized as one of the Top Think-Tanks to Watch by the Global Think Tank Report of the University of Pennsylvania.
RICHARD L. CARRIÓNEXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
Richard L. Carrión is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Popular, Inc., a publicly traded (BPOP) financial holding company. Banco Popular, a wholly owned subsidiary of Popular, Inc., is Puerto Rico’s leading depository institution. Mr. Carrión served as Popular’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board from 1991 to 2017.
DR. CARMEN CONCEPCIÓN RODRÍGUEZ
DIRECTOR, GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PLANNING, UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO
Carmen Milagros Concepción is professor and director of the Graduate School of Planning at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. She completed a PhD in City and Regional Planning and a post-doctorate in Environmental Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a Master in Planning and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico
FEDERICO (FRIEDEL) STUBBECHAIRMAN
Mr. Stubbe is a Chairman of the Prisa Group of Companies, developers of Green Resort Residential Communities and hotels in Puerto Rico. An award-winning developer of planned communities, he is an understated yet confident visionary. Stubbe is one of Puerto Rico’s largest developer- builders of residential, master-planned communities with over $100 million in annual sales and more than 800 employees.
DR. ANA MARÍA GARCÍA BLANCOEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
INSTITUTO NUEVA ESCUELA
Dr. García Blanco directs Instituto Nueva Escuela, a training center for Montessori teachers. She is also a professor at the Department of Education of Universidad Sagrado Corazón in Santurce.
Commissioners are civic, community, and business leaders appointed by the Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission (RPRAC) Co-Chairs. They are project ambassadors and an integral part of the community engagement. Commissioners contributed their knowledge and technical expertise to the substantive development of recommendations that appear in the ReImagina Puerto Rico Report.
Daniel Colón Ramos
Founder of Ciencia PR
Enrique Ortiz de Montellano
President and CEO of Claro Puerto Rico
Félix Aponte Ortiz
Environmental Planner and retired Professor of UPR Graduate School of Planning
Executive Director of Para la Naturaleza
Gualberto Rodríguez III
President of Caribbean Produce Exchange
Director of National Center for Disaster Preparedness
Executive Director and Vice President of Red de Fundaciones de Puerto Rico
Principal of Marvel Architects
José “Pepe” Carlo
Professor of Medicine at UPR Medical Sciences Campus
José Luis Cruz
President of Lehman College
Jose Rodríguez Baéz
President of Puerto Rico Workers Federation (AFL-CIO)
Director of Instituto de Competitividad y Sostenibilidad Económica
President of New York City Partnership
CEO of Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust
Luis A. Avilés Vera
Professor of Public Health at UPR Medical Sciences Campus
Chair of the Economics Department of UPR Río Piedras
María Eugenia Ferré Rangel
President of Grupo Ferré Rangel
Nelson Reyes del Valle
Founder of Modelo de Incubadora de Microempresas Comunitarias Solidarias
Rafael L. Bras
Provost and Executive Vice President of the Academic Affairs of Georgia Institute of Technology
Principal of Álvarez-Díaz & Villalon
School Director of Luis Lloréns Torres School
Director of National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University
Meet the Team
The team, led by an Executive Director, managed the development and execution of the Commission’s efforts. The team also prepared and shared the data gathered during the Commission’s and ReImagina Puerto Rico’s outreach processes. Currently, the team’s efforts are focused on promoting the implementation of ReImagina Puerto Rico’s recommendations.
Malu Blázquez Arsuaga
Juan A. González Moscoso
Luis F. Cintrón Piñero
Héctor M. Cortés Ramírez
Community Outreach Manager
Cristina A. Fawaz López
Research & Policy Analyst
Alicia Díaz Santiago
Research & Policy Analyst