Rafael Torrech San Inocencio, Grants, Fundraising, and Disaster Management Consultant (Guaynabo, PR)
Expert grant writer and grants manager. Skilled in fundraising; philanthropy; disaster recovery; economic development; program evaluation; and specialized training for federal and local government agencies, for profit and non-profit organizations, universities, and philanthropic institutions.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, he joined FEMA as Hazard Mitigation Grants Specialist and most recently as Lead for Philanthropic Alliances at the Hub for Philanthropic Engagement, an effort to increase philanthropic support for Puerto Rico’s recovery.
He worked in Washington D.C. (LULAC and Aspira of America); and in Puerto Rico for Aspira of Puerto Rico, Sacred Heart University and the Puerto Rico Community Foundation. He worked for nine years as Planning and Development Director at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras and later as consultant for non-profit organizations at a private firm. He has exerted leadership in public affairs, in landmark legislative precedents, and in voluntary efforts for several causes.
Prize-wining historian with two books and numerous scholarly articles with emphasis on the origins and historical evolution of Puerto Rico's communities. His work was recognized by the Puerto Rican Endowment for the Humanities, Puerto Rico’s Pen Club, the Hispanic-American Cultural Foundation and twice by Puerto Rico’s Literature Institute, which granted him the Second Bolivar Pagán Prize in Journalism in 2009.
After completing a B.A at George Washington University (Washington D.C.) he earned a M.A. in Puerto Rican Studies and a Ph.D. in Puerto Rican and Caribbean History at the Center for Advanced Studies on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. He has been guest professor at the UPR Graduate School of Public Administration and the Sacred Heart University´s graduate MBA/Non-Profit Organizations program, among others, and a national on-line trainer for VISTA/AmeriCorps and for on-site participants in Puerto Rico.