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: