Forging a better and stronger
Puerto Rico through an inclusive participatory process.

ReImagina Puerto Rico evolved from the Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission, a nonprofit, independent and inclusive body led by Puerto Ricans and supported by Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and The Rockefeller Foundation. The Commission, created in November 2017, concluded its efforts in 2018 after publishing the ReImagina Reports. ReImagina is currently a program of the Center for a New Economy, which aims to implement the recommendations made by the Commission.

 

THE RESILIENT PUERTO RICO ADVISORY COMMISSION

The Commission aimed to reimagine a stronger, more resilient Puerto Rico; promote a participatory and transparent reconstruction process; and sought to produce an actionable and timely set of recommendations for how to use philanthropic, local government and federal recovery funds.

Essential in the effort was for the people of Puerto Rico to take an active role in forging the future vision of the island. The process combined two primary conceptual frameworks to guide the process of reimagining Puerto Rico’s recovery and reconstruction: FEMA’s National Disaster Recovery Framework and The Rockefeller Foundation’s City Resilience Framework. Consequently, the Commission divided its work into six sectors:

Energy

Physical Infrastructure

Natural Infrastructure

Health, Education & Social Services

Housing

Economic Development

Community members and leaders, grassroots organizations, business leaders, government officials and representatives from professional organizations were convened in a wide outreach process that culminated in the ReImagina reports.

Sector-focused Working Groups

Sector-focused Working Groups facilitated technical discussions through which stakeholders identified goals, objectives and actions focused on resiliency.

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Community Outreach & Engagement

Community Outreach & Engagement Activites were held in six distinct regions of the island that were strategically selected to represent all areas of Perto Rico, including the urban/rural divide and other geographical, social, cultural and regional characteristics.

Youth Participatory Photography

360 students from six schools across the island where asked to identify, through photography, important recovery challenges in their communities.

Community Focus Groups

15 focus groups were held among the six regions of Puerto Rico, NGOs, the diaspora in central Florida and journalists.

Public Sector Advisory Group

Two sets of meetings were held with high-level officials from key government of Puerto Rico agencies, as well as mayors from rural and urban municipalities representing the island’s main political parties.

ReImagina presented the results of this ample participatory process to a wide array of stakeholders in Puerto Rico, New York, Washington D.C., Connecticut and Massachusetts.

At a Press Conference and a Project Presentation ReImagina presented the ReImagina Reports, which include 97 recommendations for the reconstruction of a resilient Puerto Rico.

Town Hall Meetings were held in five regions across the island to present the results to the general public.

Presentations to the Diaspora were held in Hartford, CT, Holyoke, MA and Boston, MA and in the Puerto Rican Diaspora Summit in Washington, D.C.

The ReImagina Reports were presented to local and federal government officials, congressional staff and senators in NY and in Washington, D.C.

Reconstruction Process Working Group

A Reconstruction Implementation Process Working Group composed of representatives from the private sector and NGOs with experience, knowledge and diverse backgrounds developed Specific Recommendations for the Reconstruction Process of Puerto Rico, a guide for government entities making decisions on the reconstruction of Puerto Rico. The guide was developed particularly to help the Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3) and the Puerto Rico Department of Housing focus on key reforms.

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COMMISSION CO-CHAIRS
Dr. Carmen Concepción Rodríguez

Director, Graduate School of Planning, UPR
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Richard L. Carrión

Executive Chairman, Popular, Inc.
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Federico (Friedel) Stubbe

Chairman, Prisa Group
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Dr. Ana María García Blanco

Executive Director, Instituto Nueva Escuela
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Miguel A. Soto-Class

President, Center for a New Economy
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COMMISSIONERS

Daniel Colón Ramos, Founder of Ciencia PR

Enrique Ortiz de Montellano, President and CEO of Claro Puerto Rico

Félix Aponte Ortiz, Environmental Planner and retired Professor of UPR Graduate School of Planning

Fernando Lloveras, Executive Director of Para la Naturaleza

Gualberto Rodríguez III, President of Caribbean Produce Exchange

Irwin Redlener, Director of National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Janice Petrovich, Executive Director and Vice President of Red de Fundaciones de Puerto Rico

Jonathan Marvel, Principal of Marvel Architects

José “Pepe” Carlo, Professor of Medicine at UPR Medical Sciences Campus

José Luis Cruz, President of Lehman College

Jose Rodríguez Baéz, President of Puerto Rico Workers Federation (AFL-CIO)

Josen Rossi, Director of Instituto de Competitividad y Sostenibilidad Económica

Kathryn Wylde, President of New York City Partnership

Lucy Crespo, CEO of Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust

Luis A. Avilés Vera, Professor of Public Health at UPR Medical Sciences Campus

María Enchautegui, Chair of Economics Department of UPR Río Piedras

María Eugenia Ferré Rangel, President of Grupo Ferré Rangel

Nelson Reyes del Valle, Founder of Modelo de Incubadora de Microempresas Comunitarias Solidarias

Rafael L. Bras, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs of Georgia Institute of Technology

Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz, Principal of Álvarez-Díaz & Villalon

Rosibel Recondo, School Director of Luis Lloréns Torres School

Samuel Abrams, Director of National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University