Puerto Rico One will be guided by a board of directors comprised of concerned Puerto Ricans and others who share the organization’s goals. We will be inviting thinkers and practitioners who will contribute to the dialog necessary to transform Puerto Rico into a sustainable entity serving the interests and needs of Puerto Ricans.
Jose A. Ortiz Gaud is a successful entrepreneur and business owner native to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and founder of Puerto Rico One. On September 20, 2017, when Puerto Rico was hit by hurricane Maria, he was one of the first responders. He was able to bring medicines, medical supplies and most needed equipment to the Northwest of the island. He was also given the opportunity to fly residents of the island that were in dire situations. Click here.
Jose resides in Washington DC and is the founder of Run Hope Work, a non-profit 501c3 that is designed to holistically reduce the number of unemployed young adult DC residents by providing employable skill training.
Post hurricane Maria, the transformation of Puerto Rico has been Jose's top
Mr. Cortiella has over thirty years’ experience in affordable and public housing programs in numerous cities in the United States and Puerto Rico. Mr. Cortiella has managed teams to finance the construction of mixed-income housing neighborhood. Through his private sector and work in government, Mr. Cortiella has become a specialist in creating and managing Public-Private Partnerships for transformational projects. Prior to his consulting work, Mr. Cortiella headed a community-based development company and led the refinancing, preservation, and renovation of over 900 units of rental housing.
Mr. Cortiella worked as a senior level executive with the administration of the Boston Mayor Ray Flynn including Executive Director of the Boston Housing Authority, Policy Director, Executive Director of Fair Housing, and assistant corporation counsel. Previously, David was a staff attorney with the Massachusetts Securities Commission overseeing IPOs and syndications.
Mr. Cortiella earned his BA from Harvard University and his JD from Northeastern University School of Law. David migrated from Manati, Puerto Rico and grew up in New York city.
Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Ramón Morales migrated with his mother at the age of three and spent his early years living in New York’s El Barrio and Manhattan’s Eastside.
Mr. Morales participated as Board Chairman of PROMESA, Inc., the largest Puerto Rican nonprofit community-based organization in United States. The organization provides medical services to AIDS patients and runs the largest substance abuse rehabilitation program for over 1,000 people in recovery in New York’s South Bronx.
Mr. Morales served as Chairman of the Executive Council of the Internet Society of Puerto Rico. In 2001, Ramón and a group of regional Internet pioneers founded the Internet Society of Puerto Rico which today has over 1,000 active members bridging the Digital Divide and catalyzing entrepreneurial vitality in the island. Concurrently, Ramón founded InspireGlobal.com, Inc.
In Puerto Rico, Mr. Morales designed the public housing network, ViviendaNet, for the Puerto Rico Department of Housing under the leadership of Secretary Carlos Vivoni. More recently, he designed the wide-area network for the Puerto Rico Department of the Family called FamiliaNet. Moreover, Mr. Morales lead a Puerto Rico-based initiative to advance internet accessibility hence educational empowerment for the benefit of underprivileged youth globally through his role as Chairman of the Internet Society of Puerto Rico in collaboration with fellow Internet Society leaders throughout the U.S., Asia, Latin America and Europe.
JOSÉ E. LUGO
José E. Lugo is an Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. There he leads the New Venture Design Experience a multidisciplinary entrepreneurship program. His research focuses on Virtual Reality, Design, and Entrepreneurship. He has served as mentor to many student entrepreneurial teams, student association Idea Platform, and TEDxUPRM.
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Isabela Ortiz is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz; majoring in politics and Latin American studies. She was born in Baltimore and later attended high school in Washington DC. Moving to DC is where she really developed her outlook and passion on equality and community. Isabela has been able to immerse herself in a wide range of amazing opportunities. Working under the administration of Mayor Muriel Bowser, she work closely with the office of Latino Affairs in community efforts and over turning the synthetic drug crisis that had endangered the city. In the fall of 2017 Isabela organized a fundraiser in Santa Cruz,CA for Hurricane Maria disaster relief in Puerto rico. 500 students attended and more than $2,500 of funds were raised. Involvement in the non profit Run Hope Work, Food not bombs and community activism has allowed her to continue her education in transforming the world. Puerto Rico One has allowed Isabela to be involved on the island in a way she’s always dreamed of.
JAHANNIE TORRES RODRIGUEZ
Student leader; Director of Education, Technology and Transformation Summits,
Jahannie is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering with a focus on Software, a minor in Business Development and a certification in Virtual Education at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez Campus. Before co-founding and becoming the CEO of edvo, Jahannie was selected by Stanford University to become an University Innovation Fellow. This program, along with the UPRM E-ship Network gave Jahannie the tools and motivation to co-found the first makerspace at UPRM, the Tech Blast Conference and the Solidarity Scholarship for disadvantaged communities.
Currently, she is the director of Achieve, which is the division of Idea Platform that promotes entrepreneurship among the student community at her campus, helping other students to develop or scale their businesses.
IVAN ALEXANDER HERRERO
Student Co-leader; Education, Technology and Transformation Summits
Ivan Alexander Herrero Loza, or Alex, is a visionary. Currently, he is a fourth-year student at the University of Puerto Rico: Mayaguez Campus, majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in visual arts. With the help of Idea Platform as well as some local entrepreneurs and students he was able to create a software development community for virtual reality and other immersive technologies: Visionary, the first of its kind in Puerto Rico.
He is a LSAMP researcher, doing research in the fields of virtual reality and its human centered implications in both UPR:Mayaguez and the University of Maryland, College Park. He also works closely with UPR:Mayaguez's Makerspace: E.P.I.C., and is a Vice President for the university's innovation student organization: Idea Platform. Additionally, he has been a researcher at MIT’s Media Lab and an University Innovation Fellow.
Alex has helped plan and lead many events across the island. He was the volunteers’ captain during the Elicit Innovation 2, an event by Idea Platform, in charge of making sure all the presenters and entrepreneurs got to where they had to be for the Startup Job Fair taking place during the event. He is one of the organizers for Storycode: Puerto Rico, which do meetups to talk and hack storytelling media. But perhaps what he is best known for is for bringing the first Virtual Reality Hackathon to Puerto Rico. This was Visionary’s flagship event in which students got together in teams to make VR experiences. For 12 hours, teams that had little to none experience in VR were able to create quality VR games and environments.
Currently, Alex is working alongside PR-One to bring to the students of the universities of Puerto Rico an opportunity to hack their landscape and create university cities.
Adrian Fenty served as the fifth Mayor of Washington DC. Since leaving office, he has spent five years at both Andreessen Horowitz in Menlo Park and Perkins Coie in Palo Alto. In January 2017, Adrian co-founded M Ventures, a venture capital fund focusing on early stage tech startups based in Silicon Valley. Individually, he formally advises such noteworthy Silicon Valley companies as Box.com, OpenGov and Neighborly.
JENNIFER P. HOPP
Jennifer, a long time resident of Silicon Valley, quickly fell in love with Puerto Rico after visiting as an angel investor and startup mentor. She has now completely immersed herself in the commitment and support of the island and recently moved to San Juan indefinitely. Founder and Managing Partner at ATO Ventures, Founder and Host of BizStart.Live, and Founder and Chairman of EMVY, LLC, all Puerto Rico companies - her expertise in venture capital and broadcasting has helped shape her mission in Puerto Rico; to boost and provide aid to the quickly emerging venture and tech ecosystem that she and Puerto Rico natives believe can transform the island and the world. In her words, “Puerto Rico is the most incredible place I've ever been. It is the people that make it special - passion, drive, determination, resilience and a love of life and people that surpasses common understanding. I love it here and know, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that we can and will be the next global innovation hub!”
G. ANTONIO SOSA-PASCUAL
G. Antonio Sosa-Pascual has served as Advisor to the Mayor of San Juan, Assistant Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce and Executive Director of Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company. He has been an entrepreneur since 2010 building businesses in real estate, healthcare consulting/federal funding and technology investing. Most recently, he co-founded Silicon Valley Story Lab a media strategy firm based in Santa Clara, CA with clients such as Intel, DeBeers and Adobe.
Joshua Lopez is Founder and CEO at Olimpic Strategies, a Digital Media and Business Development firm, and Lopez and Associates, a government relations firm based in Washington DC. As a liaison for artists, developers, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, Joshua’s experience affords him a unique view of the intersection of urban politics, development, entertainment and community. A Native Washingtonian, Joshua is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia and has served many roles including ANC commissioner, a mayoral appointee to various boards and commissions, and political strategist for local and national campaigns.