Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering and Neurobiology. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a B.S. in Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering with a major in Economic Development. Rosselló continued his studies at the University of Michigan, with a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Science, and later completed post-doctoral studies at Duke University.
From a young age, Rosselló developed a sincere interest in public policy and government decision-making processes, understanding since then the positive effects of good public policy on a jurisdiction and its people. With that experience acquired and in full intellectual development, Dr. Rosselló Nevares also began to become involved in various political campaigns at local and national levels.
As part of his interest in public policy issues and government decision-making processes, in 2012, Dr. Rosselló Nevares, published his first book called "Un mejor Puerto Rico, es posible", in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), which analyzes how the condition of Puerto Rico under its current political system (Commonwealth) affects the social and economic development of the island.
Dr. Rosselló Nevares has been characterized as a fervent defender of statehood for Puerto Rico, as a definitive solution to the colonial situation of the Island; which has led him to participate and lead various initiatives that promote this ideal. In 2012, Rosselló founded the "Boricua, Ahora Es" movement during a referendum campaign in a mission to raise awareness of the importance of achieving a fair political definition for Puerto Rico and to urge Puerto Ricans to vote in favor of statehood. On November 6, 2012, for the first time in the history of Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans chose statehood as their preferred political status.
On June 8, 2016, Dr. Rosselló Nevares, prevailed in the New Progressive Party (PNP) Primaries, and became the official candidate to aspire for the governorship of Puerto Rico. On November 8th, 2016 Dr. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares won the Puerto Rico general elections and became the 12th Governor of Puerto Rico in January 2, 2017.
Eng. Manuel A. Laboy Rivera is the Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DEDC) and Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) with the mission to attract new investment, promote the creation of new jobs, and strengthening of small and medium enterprises. He is responsible for the formulation and strategic implementation of the Puerto Rico economic development plan, including competitiveness-related reform, infrastructure projects and the innovation of technology agenda. Secretary Laboy Rivera oversees over seven government instrumentalities that include agencies and public corporations.
He is an active member of different Boards of Directors such as:
Engineer Laboy Rivera served in the administration of former Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuño as an assistant secretary of the Department of Economic and Commerce. He is a licensed professional engineer with 19 years of experience in various industries and sectors, including manufacturing, chemical production, life sciences (pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices), construction, public utilities, export services, renewable energy, infrastructure, technology and project management.
Engineer Laboy Rivera has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Turabo in Puerto Rico. He is also a member of the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico, and holds a Certified Safety Professional certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.