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New England Summit 2019 PR Political and Financial Crises -What's Next?


10:00 am              Plenary: Puerto Rico's Political and Financial Crises -What's Next? Corruption, Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance.

Moderator: Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, Public Policy and Communications Strategist (Washington, DC)

José Caraballo-Cueto, Associate Professor & Researcher, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Puerto Rico (Cayey, PR)

Eduardo Conde, Founder of Tertulias Por La Patria & Financial Analyst (Washington, DC) Alternate: Martin Guzman

Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán, Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College (New York, NY)




Gretchen Sierra-Zorita’s career as a Federal government official, activist, and writer has provided her with key tools and contacts to advocate for solutions in Washington DC. She has focused her work on Hispanic and Puerto Rican issues, and has become a respected thought leader, sought by the media for her non-partisan insight and knowledge on the fiscal and social crisis affecting the island of Puerto Rico.


José Caraballo-Cueto Departamento de Administración de Empresas, realizó un doctorado en economía en The New School for Social Research en Nueva York.  (Sus estudios subgraduados fueron en Administración de Empresas con concentración en economía y matemáticas.)  Recientemente publicó un libro donde analiza el modelo económico dominicano y propone una estrategia de crecimiento basada en el desarrollo empresarial endógeno.


Eduardo Conde is a tireless advocate for Puerto Ricans and Puerto Rico based in Washington DC. His natural ability to connect with others allows him to effectively work in teams and his organizational skills ensure that plans come to fruition. Currently he is focusing his efforts on promoting Puerto Rico's economic development, social justice and environmental conservation.


Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from The University of Chicago is a Professor at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is also a Professor in the Ph.D. Programs in Sociology and in Urban Education at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School and University Center. Prior to joining the Marxe School at CUNY, Dr. Cordero-Guzman was a Program Officer in the Economic Development and the Quality Employment Units of the Asset Building and Community Development Program at The Ford Foundation.