Washington D.C. Program 2019

Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans
Washington, DC Diaspora Summit
Saturday, November 16, 2019

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Coffee and Registration

9:00 - 9:30 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks


Eduardo Conde, Master of Ceremony, Founder of Tertulias Por La Patria & Financial Analyst (Washington, DC)

Elizabeth Vaquera, Director, Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute, George Washington University (Washington, DC)
9:30 - 10:10 AM State of Puerto Ricans in the United States


Edwin Meléndez, Director, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College (CUNY)
10:10 - 11:20 AM Resilience Strategies: Building a New Puerto Rican Energy Future


C. P. Smith, Founder & Executive Director, Unidos por Utuado (Utuado, Puerto Rico)
Thomas King, President, Borincana Foundation Inc., (New York, NY)
Scott Sklar, Adjunct Professor, Environmental & Energy Management Institute, George Washington University (Washington, DC)
Moderator: Cristina M. Banahan, Director of Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship, TransUnion (Washington, DC)

11:20 - 11:30 AM

11:30 - 12:40 PM Debt Crisis, Austerity and PROMESA


Javier Balmaceda, Federal Fiscal Senior Policy Analyst-Elevating Puerto Rico, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, DC)
Myrna M. Rivera, Founder & Senior Adviser, Consultiva Wealth Management, Corp. (San Juan, PR)
Federico A. de Jesús, Founder & Principal, FDJ Solutions, LLC. (Washington, DC)
Moderator: Eduardo Conde, Founder of Tertulias Por La Patria & Financial Analyst (Washington, DC)

12:40 - 1:30 PM

Lunch - On Own

1:30 - 2:00 PM

Keynote Speaker

Jay Fonseca, Journalist, TV/Radio Host, Attorney, and Political Analyst

2:00 - 3:10 PM

The Summer of 2019 - What Next?


Renata Beca-Barragan, Counsel, Rep. Nydia Velázquez (Washington, DC)
Noel Zamot, President, Atabey Group LLC, (Tampa, FL)
Rafael Torrech San Inocencio, Grants, Fundraising, and Disaster Management Consultant (Guaynabo, PR)
Moderator: Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, Public Policy and Communications Strategist (Washington, DC)
3:10 - 3:20 PM
3:20 - 4:30 PM

Concurrent Panels

Luis M. Falcón, Dean of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Massachusetts (Lowell, MA)
Ricardo Rivera-Cardona, Chief Business Development Officer, Somos Community Care (New York, NY)
Ann Goldman, Director of Education Programs in the Department of Epidemiology at the Milken School, George Washington University (Washington, DC)
Moderator: Elizabeth Vaquera, Director, Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute, George Washington University (Washington, DC)
  National Puerto Rican Agenda: D.C. Synchronize, Unite, Mobilize and Organize (S.U.M.O.) for Puerto Rico Initiative
Daniel Meléndez, Lead for Empowered for Energy, Energy Alternatives Project (Washington. DC)
Nydia Yanira Reyes Morales, Lead for Castañer Community Partnership Project (Washington. DC)
Shari Williams, Lead for Puerto Rico Legal Employment Pipeline Project (Washington. DC)
Co-Moderator: Howard Caro-López, Co-Chair, S.U.M.O. For Puerto Rico Initiative Co-Chair (Washington. DC)
Carl Soderberg, Former Director, Caribbean Environmental Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (San Juan, PR)< br /> Co-Moderator: Cosme Lantigua, S.U.M.O. For Puerto Rico Co-Chair & Executive Director, Diversity United Sports (Washington. DC)
Gian C. Molina-Castro, Neuroscience Ph.D. Student, Johns Hopkins University (Washington, DC)
Olimar Rivera Noa, Graduate, School of International Service & Co-Founder, Puerto Rican Student Organization at American University (Washington, DC)
Orosmar Cuevas, Cultural Ambassador, Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassador Program (Queens, NY)
Karianne A. Santiago Ruiz, Undergraduate Student, University of Massachusetts, National Puerto Rican Student Coalition (NPRSC), New England Regional Liaison(Amherst, MA)
Moderator: Ricardo Vergel Negrón, DMV Regional Liaison, National Puerto Rican Student Coalition & International Studies Student, American University



4:40 - 5:15 PM
Closing Plenary

5:15 - 6:30 PM


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