Alejandro J. García Padilla is the tenth governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. His platform is focused on economic reactivation and growth, job creation, developing a more competitive and accessible education system, providing patient-centered universal health coverage and returning social harmony and safety to the country.
His experience as a public servant spans all three branches of government; having worked as Legal Officer for the Puerto Rico Appeals Court and as adviser for both the Puerto Rico Senate and House of Representatives.
In 2005 he was appointed Secretary of the Department of Consumer Affairs, where he redefined that office's role in the lives of consumers and promoted a new level of regulatory compliance and consumer protection.
In the 2008 general elections he was the legislation candidate with the most votes and became Senator At Large for the Popular Democratic Party. He was party speaker for the Government, Public Safety, Judiciary Affairs, Health and Civic Law Senate Commissions. He was a member of the Special Commissions on the Right to Self-Determination of the Puerto Rican People and Government Reform. During the 2009-2013 quadrennium, he introduced legislation to adopt a health-focused approach to drug dependence treatment, to address the problem of global warming and its effects on Puerto Rico, among others. He was a key figure in debates on economic development and social justice, consumer protection and the strengthening of social and cultural protections for Puerto Ricans.
On March 6, 2011, García Padilla announced his plans to run for Governor of Puerto Rico in 2012. He also announced his candidacy for President of the Popular Democratic Party, running unopposed. He was elected Governor on November 6, 2012 and took office in January 2013.
He possesses a Bachelor's in Political Science and Economy from the University of Puerto Rico and a Juris Doctor from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
Alberto Bacó Bagué is an attorney, CPA, and entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico in 1979 and received a Juris Doctor in 1984. He obtained his CPA license in 1981 and became an attorney in 1985, scoring in the top 1% in both bar exams. He began his professional career in 1979, holding several positions with law firms, international accounting firms, and government agencies. In 1989, he was appointed Executive Vice President of the Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico, where he stayed for a year, before assuming the role of President of the Economic Development Bank between 1990 and 1993. After public service, he established his own independent practice, providing advisory services in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, restructuring, and government affairs. From 1998 to 2011, he worked as President and Chief Executive Officer of Marvel International and Bohío International, a diversified food manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded products.
During his career, Bacó Bagué has been an active supporter of the development of the venture capital industry in Puerto Rico and was a co-investor of various projects. He serves or has served on the Board of Directors of several companies including W Holding and Westernbank (2009-2010), Economic Development Bank (2001-2009) and PRASC Holding Corp. (2009 to present). He is also a member of the Board and Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization, Chapter of Puerto Rico. Recently, Bacó Bagué had a calling to return to public service and use his knowledge and experience to promote the economic development of Puerto Rico, so he accepted to be part of Governor Alejandro García Padilla’s economic team as Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce. Alberto Bacó Bagué is the son of working parents, has been married for 26 years, and is the father of three children.
Antonio L. Medina Comas has the mission to position Puerto Rico as a global leader in the knowledge and innovation economy, driving economic development and new jobs for the Island. PRIDCO’s Executive Director has dedicated a great part of his professional career to the execution of strategic projects, occupying from different positions at Merck Sharp & Dohme over 20 years. From the Americas, to Europe and Asia, Medina Comas has performed several functions, most recently as Chief Finance Officer at Merck Sharp & Dome in Brazil.
During his career, he has occupied positions such as Global Supply Analyst, Business Development Manager, Director of Financial Evaluation, Senior Finance Director of Manufacturing and Regional Finance Director for Central America & Caribbean. He began his career with Merck as manufacturing engineer for the facility located in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, and before that he also worked in the area of software development.
As Chief Finance Officer in Brazil, Medina Comas headed the integration of the financial operations after Merck’s fusion with Schering Plough. The result of his work produced a significant reduction of operational costs, focused on sales growth, while complying with regulatory standards.
His academic credentials include a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, and both a Master and Bachelor degrees from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. Spanish is his native language and he’s also proficient in English and Portuguese.
Responding to the request to serve the people of Puerto Rico, Medina Comas was appointed and confirmed as the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO). He’s been in charge of the position since January 2, 2013 as part of the cabinet of Puerto Rico’s Governor, Hon. Alejandro García Padilla.
Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort is responsible for marketing the island of Puerto Rico as a tourism destination through advertising, public relations and promotional activities; providing technical assistance to investors; and the regulation and supervision of gaming operations. She has been key in promoting an increase in air and sea traffic to the island; job creation through construction and tourism infrastructure development; and developing a country brand for Puerto Rico that promotes the island as a place to visit, invest and live in.
Prior to her duties as Tourism Company Director, Ingrid I. Rivera was Director of Advent-Morro Equity Partners, a leading private equity investment firm that helps build companies in Puerto Rico and Hispanic Markets.
Before Advent-Morro, Ingrid was president of Rive Consulting Corp., which she founded in 2006, after 26 years of service at Procter & Gamble. As a consultant she provided public relations and communications services to corporations, communities and organizations in U.S. and Puerto Rico ethnic markets. While at Procter & Gamble, Rivera Rocafort was Director of External Relations for their Multicultural Division, which was headquartered in Puerto Rico. She was in charge of corporate relations with the U.S. government and community organizations and media in Hispanic and African American markets, as well as supervising P&G brand public relations programs in Puerto Rico and U.S. niche markets.
Since 1995 she has been part of the YMCA of San Juan's Board of Directors, in charge of its Public Relations and Communications committee. She has also served on the Board of Directors of New America Alliance (NAA) and been Co-Director of its marketing and communications committee. The NAA is a Washington DC-based organization of Hispanic business leaders that promotes education, political and economic empowerment in Latino communities.
She received her BA in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Puerto Rico.
As Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Trade Company, Mr. Chévere's mission is to strengthen local businesses, particularly the small- and medium-size business sector, by offering tools and incentives that promote their growth, job creation, and exports.
Prior to his current government appointment, Mr. Chévere worked for over 28 years at McConnell Valdés, LLC, a leading corporate law firm in Puerto Rico. He was Vice-Chair of the firm’s labor and employment law practice group. Moreover, Mr. Chévere held a varied law practice representing some of the practice group’s main clients and comprising: counseling on commencement of business operations, local and federal employment law litigation, collective bargaining, labor arbitration, unfair labor practices, proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, and labor relations counseling, among others. He is the author of multiple published articles, frequent lecturer at seminars, leading panelist in many public affairs symposia, and member of multiple professional and trade associations.
Mr. Chévere is a member of the Executive Committee (1996 to present) and Affirmative Action Director (2000 to present) of the Democratic Party of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. In addition, he has participated as Delegate or Standing Committee Member in five Democratic National Conventions.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics, cum laude, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., including studies in economics at the University of Sussex in England. In addition, he holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a concentration in labor law.
In the past, José Maeso served as Director of Business Development for the Puerto Rico Energy Center, where he focused his efforts on the development of a clean technologies accelerator for Puerto Rico. In addition, he was Excecutive Director of the Puerto Rico Energy Cluster and the Puerto Rico Construction Cluster; and served as consultant in the field of green construction. Mr. Maeso holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Electrical Engineering Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and a Master's in Public Affairs and Urban Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Before working in the construction and energy industries, Mr. Maeso was involved for nearly a decade in the telecommunications field, including phone, data and wireless sectors.
Wilfredo Soto Padilla was appointed by governor Alejandro García Padilla in January 2014 and has extensive experience in the legal industry and public service.
He began his career as an accountant in the Puerto Rico Treasury Department, soon after becoming an attorney and eventually working for the private sector. Soto Padilla returned to public service when he was appointed assistant commissioner in the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions in 1986. In 1988 he was appointed district attorney and in 1996 became Chief Justice and Regional Administrative Justice of the Carolina Judicial Center and District, where he served until 2002.
Since then he has served as a legal consultant and advisor; judicial advisor and lecturer in several countries in Central and South America; associate member and acting chairman of the Puerto Rico Horse Racing Board; and as professor and lecturer at Turabo University's Cayey and Yabucoa campuses.
Padilla Soto holds a bachelor's degree in commercial administration from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras; a juris doctor and master's degree in law from the Pontificial Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
María de Lourdes (Malu) Blázquez-Arsuaga was born on October 12, 1969 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. She has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Industrial and Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York.
As of February 2013, she functions as the Executive Director of the Roosevelt Roads Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA), agency in charge of this strategic and very important economic development project. The Roosevelt Roads Redevelopment project is considered to be a pivotal project of this administration for the creation of jobs and economic activity for the eastern region and all of Puerto Rico. Malu has over 20 years of experience in project management, management consulting, and performance improvement consulting services.
Her leadership of this public corporation is her first direct experience in the public sector. She worked previously as Consulting Manager for KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP and as Project for CSA Group, Inc., where she managed the planning and permitting processes for the Master Plan for the San Juan Waterfront Development, now known as Bahía Urbana. Malu managed and supervised the implementation of the Improvements performed to Piers 6, 7 & 8, and the Eastern Gateway of Bahía Urbana, which have resulted to be very successful. Bahía Urbana has been visited by thousands of residents and tourists since its inauguration. She has also managed projects for various other public and private entities, including serving as Project Manager of the A&E firm that supported the development of the Puerto Rico Convention Center District throughout various years.
Malu is married to Engineer Walter Pedreira and has a daughter and son.