San Juan – La Fundación Sila M. Calderón y el Centro para Puerto Rico (CPPR) celebraron hoy la graduación de 258 ...Continue reading
A private nonprofit and non-partisan organization, founded by former Governor Sila M. Calderón, who, along with members of its Board of Directors and its Advisory Council have an extensive experience in community and economic development initiatives, with the purpose of reducing poverty and inequity and advance the role of women in society, promote the urban balance and revitalization, strengthening ethical values and social responsibility.
The headquarters and operational arm of the Sila M. Calderón Foundation. It is located on Río Piedras Santa Rita sector. A place for dialogue, education, research and convergence, which opens its doors to the population in general, despite ideological affiliations and living conditions.
The Center for Puerto Rico has a specialized library, which supports and facilitates research in the areas of focus of the institution: poverty and community development, the role of women in society, urban development, ethics and social responsibility. It is also a space for books presentations, thesis, and research related to relevant issues.
The library is affiliated to the Funding Information Network of New York’s Foundation Center. Thanks to this partnership the Library has a data base, educational materials, guides and specialized directories for fundraising, proposal development and knowledge of philanthropic trends.
Custodian of a part of Puerto Rico collective memory, the Archive of Sila M. Calderón Foundation holds a wide array of documents related to the legacy of Governor Calderón during her years in public service.
The Archive contains documents from diverse governmental agencies and offices, books, magazines, reports, newspapers, over 45,000 pictures, printed and digital, audiovisual material, memorabilia, gifts and recognitions granted to Calderón throughout her career. The Archive is open to the general public for research.
The educational programs of the Center for Puerto Rico encourage voluntary work. The ample scope of these programs is possible thanks to the collaboration of members of AmeriCorps State and Vista, individuals and professionals who contribute to the transformation of individuals and communities across the country.
If you are interested in sharing your time, talents and experience as a volunteer in various educational, cultural and administrative aspects of the institution, complete the enrollment form of the Volunteer Program, or call us at 787-765-4500.
To promote an integrated and productive society in Puerto Rico, resulting in a better quality of life by fostering understanding, respect and greater opportunity for all.
To reduce poverty and inequality, advance women in society, promote urban revitalization and balance, and strengthen ethical values and social responsibility through a nonprofit and nonpartisan center for education, dialogue, research, and advocacy efforts for Puerto Ricans on the Island and in the United States.
Sila M. Calderón
Board of Directors
Dr. Gloria Bonilla Santiago
at Rutgers University
Foundation for Puerto Rico
Jorge Colón Gerena
Wendco Puerto Rico Inc
María E. González Calderón, Esq.
San Jose Chapel Restoration Project
Reliable Financial Services
José Izquierdo Encarnación, Eng.
Putnam Bridge Fund
President, Aireko Construction
Juan A. Terrasa
President and CEO
David Vergel de Miranda
La Coruña Foods, Inc
Founder of Crearte, Inc.
Kathryn S. Wilde
President and CEO
Partnership for New York City
Board of Trustees,
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
José Enrique Fernández
Omega Overseas Investments, Inc.
Dr. S. Allen Counter
Dr. Bernardo Kliksberg
Principal Advisor, United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Silvestre Miranda, Esq.
Senior Partner, McConnel, Valdés
Sila M. Calderón, the former Governor of Puerto Rico (2001-2005), currently chairs the Sila M. Calderón Foundation and its operational arm, the Center for Puerto Rico, a non for profit entity which focuses on the underprivileged residents of the Island, particularly community women. She is also the President of Inter-American Global Links, Inc. (IGlobaL) a business and trade consulting firm in San Juan with links in Central and South America, the Caribbean and the United States. At present, Governor Calderón is Trustee of the New York Public Library, and board member of Grameen America and the Foundation for Puerto Rico. Mrs. Calderón previously served on the boards of Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Pueblo International, the Government Development Bank, and chaired the Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation. She has held the positions of Secretary of the Governorship and Secretary of State. She was also Mayor of San Juan. Mrs. Calderón has received numerous honorary doctorate degrees and awards from stateside universities and institutions, as well as distinctions from the governments of several Latin American countries. Mrs. Calderón holds a BA in Government from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York and did post graduate studies at the Graduate School of Public Administration of the University of Puerto Rico.
Dr. Gloria Bonilla Santiago is a Distinguished Professor at the Department of Public Administration, Rutgers University, New Jersey, a distinction granted by the University’s Board of Trustees. She is the director of the Community Leadership Center, at Rutgers-Camden and presides the Board of Directors of the LEAP Academy University Charter School at Camden. Throughout her academic career she has established a successful and varied professional path, coordinating programs on a large scale, and initiatives which involve a wide array of organizations, including government, corporations and nonprofit and philanthropic organizations on a local, nationwide and international level.
Jon Borschow is a social entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder of the Foundation for Puerto Rico, which has a stellar record of four decades of innovation based on technology and entrepreneurial success in the area of health. In 1972 Borschow graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, starting professionally at his family business, Borschow Hospital and Medical Supplies, Inc. From 1979, year in which Borschow became president, the company which had six-figures profits started to grow on the impressive rate of 25% annually. In 2008 Borschow Hospital and Medical Supplies was acquired by Cardinal Health, a global corporation which manufactures health-related products. Borschow remained there as President and CEO, until he retired in 2011, year in which he founded Foundation for Puerto Rico. He currently dedicates most of his time to his efforts as a social entrepreneur.
Mabel Burckhart in the President of Burckhart Consulting a company dedicated to offer professional advisory on strategic planning, information technology, corporate re-engineering, and staff recruitment and management. Mrs. Burckhardt retired from her position as Executive Vice President in charge of the Administrative Group, at Banco Popular de Puerto Rico in June, 2004. From that position she supervised marketing and strategic planning departments, the Public Relations and Communications divisions, as well as the administration of real estates on a corporate level. On her extensive professional trajectory she has been involved with the local banking industry.
Jorge Colón Gerena is the President of Wendco, the corporation which owns the rights of Wendy’s chain of restaurants in the island. He is the President of the Board of Directors of Restaurants Operators, Inc. (ROI), which operates locally Longhorn, Applebee's, Sizzler, and Famous Dave's BBQ restaurant chains, and also acquired the operating rights of the Olive Garden chain. Colón Gerena has been one of the advisors to the President of the United States Federal Reserve. His corporate record is marked by his optimism, leading his companies with an intuitive, inspirational and with common sense style. He outstands due to his enterprising attitude and his attachment to charities and social agendas.
María Elena González Calderón graduated Magna Cum Laude in History and Latin American studies at Princeton, and has a Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University. Besides exercising her law practice, she was Director of the office of the first Lady, under the administration of Governor Sila M. Calderón. González Calderón outstands because of her active participation and support to charitable causes, such as Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Jaime Martí is known for his extensive career at the automotive industry in Puerto Rico. During several years he led a car distribution company until 1991, when he acquired half of the shares of Reliable Financial Services, company which he presided until 2011. From 2012 he serves as a consultant for Popular Auto. This visionary pioneer of the car industry has constantly contributed to the economic development of the island. Through the years he has granted credits to small businesses specialized in used cars helping them to grow, and in that way helping the industry to progress. His major contribution is to have given thousands of Puerto Ricans the opportunity to purchase a car.
José “Pepe” Izquierdo is the past President of the Chamber of Commerce, organization in which he has also served as Vice President and Board member. He was also a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico at Ponce, and the Technology Institute of Puerto Rico at San Juan. Was the President of the Board of Directors of various public corporations, such as the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority, the Ports Authority, Metropolitan Bus Authority, Public Buildings Authority, Special Communities Trust and Corporation for the integral development of the Península de Cantera. Izquierdo obtained a BS and Master Degree in Engineering Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico. He started his professional career at Capacete Martín & Asociados in 1980.
Nicholas Prouty is the founder and CEO of Putnam Bridge Funding, a firm engaged in the acquisition and management of distressed landmark properties in the United States and abroad. Mr. Prouty has been a real estate principal in several companies, including a General Partner of Hudson Cross Financial, a company dedicated to the acquisition and disposition of foreclosed houses on a nationwide basis. In addition, he has served as an advisor to many specialty real estate companies. Within the last years, Mr. Prouty’s firm has been active in Puerto Rico and has made two significant nine figure investments. Those investments include the acquisition of Ciudadela, a mixed use real estate development in Santurce and Puerto del Rey, the largest marina in the Caribbean.
Josen Rossi is an alumnus of the University of Cornell (BSCE), and has an MBA from the University of Virginia. He is the president and owner of Aireko Construction. Through his entrepreneurial initiative, Rossi has been manager for company’s civil, institutional and industrial projects from 1980. He also participates actively, through his company or personally, in community related associations and on the industry, such as the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association, Young Presidents Organization and his own Aireko Foundation, engaged with the development of renewable and sustainable energy.
David Vergel is the President and CEO of La Coruña, Inc., with over 15 years of successful trajectory. He has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Bayamón Central University, and Master Degree in Public Relations from the Sagrado Corazón University. He has a wide experience in marketing and public relations. Vergel combine his professional live with voluntary work and various social projects. A testimony of this is his work with the educational institution Crearte, a nonprofit corporation, focused on the development of the emotional and social potential of young and adult individuals through arts, recreation and promoting commitment to learning.
Kathryn S. Wylde is the President and Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Partnership for New York City, entrepreneurial organization, leader in its city. It works with outstanding business persons, government, labor sector and the third sector to promote a more sound economy in NYC, focusing on education, infrastructure and the economy. Wylde worked for 14 years as Founding President and Executive Director of the Corporation for the Development of the Housing Association, in which she played a decisive role on the creations of pioneering initiatives on the matter of affordable housing on a local and national level. She is a member of the directive boards of various institutions, including the Lutheran Medical Center, the New York Corporation for the Economic Development, NYC Leadership Academy, Research Alliance for NYC Schools, Manhattan Institute, and the Governor’s Council for the Economic Development of the Region.
José Enrique Fernández is widely recognized for his achievements in the field of finances, and successful financial strategies. He is a versatile businessman, whose philanthropic leadership has been focused on the educational and social sector, establishing inspirational norms to improve the quality of life in Puerto Rico. Fernández is an exemplary model for the Puerto Rican Community. He currently works as CEO and President of the Administrative Council at Overseas Investment Corp., an international private banking institution, as well as the CEO of Kinesis, a nonprofit organization which promotes the socioeconomic development of youth.
Dr. S. Allen Counter is the Director of the Harvard Foundation of Harvard University, and a Neurology Professor at the School of Medicine there. Dr. Counter is the Founding Director of the Harvard Foundation an institution established the President and Deans of the University in 1980 to improve intercultural understanding, and to achieve more equality and peace among students, professors and the university community in general. The Foundation has sponsored and leads more than 200 student and faculty programs each year, which serve to inform the community on the matter of culture, ethnicity and international relevant issues.
Dr. Bernardo Kliksberg has a degree in Administration, Public Accountancy, Sociology and Economic Sciences, is a professor, writer, consultant and advisor on organizational, social and economic issues. His work on those fields, which includes research, apply an interdisciplinary approach, integrating contribution from diverse social sciences. Considered “a worldwide point of reference on the matters of poverty”, Kliksberg is also recognized as the highest authority on the subject of corporate social responsibility, has five college degrees, and is the author of 56 books and hundreds of publications.
Silvestre Miranda, Esq. specializes in commercial, land and corporate law. He has worked in the restructuring financing and development of residential tourist and mixed use complexes, as well as the development, financing and building of the most important hotels in Puerto Rico. He also has an extensive practice on the matter of corporate and commercial financing. Miranda has been recognized as an authority in the field of real estates in Puerto Rico by the renowned international publication Chambers and Partner in its Latin American Guide.
Juan A. Terrasa is the President and CEO of PRMDic, an experienced Insurance Agency, created to offer support to doctors over the increase on court cases due to medical malpractice. After focusing on the medical sector, the company, under his administration, reinforced his medical insurance coverage to achieve financial stability for professions such as architecture, engineering and accountancy. Terrasa also presided the Board of SIMED, (Insurers Syndicate for the Joint Underwriting of Medical-Hospital Professional Liability Insurance) a company for professional liability insurance for physicians, surgeons and dentists, and serves as an advisor of various insurance companies.
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You can send your monetary contributions on behalf of the Sila M. Calderón Foundation Inc. through payments made with personal checks, Visa or Master Card or through an electronic payment via Paypal.
If you are interested in collaborating with your time as a volunteer in various educational, cultural and administrative aspects of the institution, please, complete the application to join our Volunteer Program or call 787-765-4500.