Friends of Puerto Rico supports economic development andeducation through results-oriented entrepreneurial initiatives focused onsustainability and self-sufficiency for the people of Puerto Rico.

Our Values

Our core values are what support the vision and shape the culture at Friends of Puerto Rico. These are the essence of our identity, principles, beliefs and philosophy.

Our core values:

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Our Story

In 2015 a group calling themselves “Friends of Puerto Rico” came together to celebrate a special exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC on loan from its home at the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico. In celebration of the exhibition, the ‘Friends’ were able to raise over $20,000 for renovations for the Museo de Arte de Ponce, as well as establish a fund that ensured free access to the museum for low-income students in Puerto Rico. That experience inspired our founders to continue their mission and to focus their efforts on creating economic opportunities for the Puerto Rican people by investing in education and entrepreneurship.

In 2017, after the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria on the island, Friends of Puerto Rico was able to utilize their network to aid in the relief and recovery effort. Our organization was able to provide humanitarian aid in the form of one million pounds of food, water and medicine.In the aftermath of the storm, we helped rebuild businesses, schools and hospitals and even provided micro-grants to musicians who lost instruments and other equipment. During this time, Friends of Puerto Rico fully realized our potential to affect positive change on the island, both in the short term and for the future.

Today, Friends of Puerto Rico creates entrepreneurial initiatives and educational opportunities through results-oriented programs focused on sustainability and self-sufficiency for the people of Puerto Rico.Since our founding, we have mobilized a passionate network of over 30,0000 donors and 50 partner organizations to create economic opportunities that support the people of Puerto Rico on the island, in Washington, DC and around the United States.
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Advisory and Board of Directors

Angelique Sina
Pili Montilla
Emmy Award winning Producer
Juan Garcia
Vice President,
Midas Education
Pravesh Saraff
Director of Operations, Angels Share
Jorge Santos
Vice President,
Goldman Sachs
Jirair Ratevosian
Executive Director,
Gilead Sciences
Ana-Mita Betancourt
International Development Finance Attorney and Executive
Franklin Guerrero
VP, Philanthropy
AARP Foundation
Smit Crouse
CEO, Letshego Bank
Joanna Pena
Multicultural Specialist at Beam Suntory
Ryan Klang
Senior Vice President and COO at The Washington Center
Anita Holloway
Vice President, Humana
Jon Kevin Gossett
Chief Development Officer,
Arena Stage
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Our Dream Team

Meet our dream team:

Elizabeth Tredent
Chief Administrative Officer
Jennifer Santiago
Partnership Director
Viviane Pires Viana
Executive Assistant
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