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Our Mission

UPRAA is an organization created to establish a network of University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends in the Continental United States and abroad.

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Our History

During 2003, a group of Alumni and Friends of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Educational System residing in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area worked diligently to create UPRAA.

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Our Programs and Activities

Since its inception, UPRAA has conducted programs and activities in consonance with its mission statement, purpose, goals, and objectives.

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Board of Directors

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    José O. Torres

    Jose O. Torres is a retired U.S. Army military officer currently working as a Senior Information Technology Systems Analyst with the Department of the Army Chief Information Officer, The Pentagon, Washington, DC.

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    Alida Rodríguez

    arodriguez@upraa.org
    Vice-President and Chair, Membership Committee

    Member, Washington DC Hispanic Charity Golf Classic Committee and Chair Scholarships Committee

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    Robert Alvarez

    ralvarez@upraa.org
    Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee

    Robert Alvarez is the Founder and Managing Partner for Global Variance Strategies, LLC a global trade and foreign investment promotion boutique firm in Washington, DC.

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    Irene María Rivera Goyco, Esq.

    Academic Program Advisor for Puerto Rico and Federal Programs at The Washington Center (TWC).

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    Amy de Jesús-Encarnacion

    amydejesus@upraa.org
    UPRAA Representative in Puerto Rico and Member, Scholarship Committee

    Ms. Amy de Jesús is currently serving as DXC Technology’s Service Delivery Lead for the Puerto Rico Database Center of Excellence.

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    Juan Leonardo Negrón-Díaz

    jnegron@upraa.org
    Chair, Communications and Marketing Committee

    Juan Leonardo Negrón-Díaz was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Juan graduated in 2015 from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Río Piedras Campus Honors Program, majoring in Advertising and Public Relations.

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    Jacob Lozada, Ph.D.

    jlozada@upraa.org
    Founding member and Chair, Outreach and Business Development Committee

    Chair, Washington DC Hispanic Charity Golf Classic Committee, Member, Finance Committee, and Member Nominations and Elections Committee.

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    Melissa Rodriguez-Torres

    mrodriguez@upraa.org
    Chair, Women Leadership Series

    Melissa currently works as an Army Officer Staff officer with the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Pentagon Executive Communication Control.

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    Richard A. Negrón

    rnegron@upraa.org
    Co-Chair, Outreach and Business Development Committee

    Richard is the Third Party Advisor for DXC in the Americas region. He promotes the DXC value to Third Party firms like ISG, PwC, Gartner, KPMG, and others to develop new business and improve win-rate on existing pursuits.

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    Sara E. Clemente-Rosa

    sclemente@upraa.org
    Founding member and Member, Scholarship Committee

    Sara E Clemente Rosa is a retired Federal employee currently serving as the League of United Latin American Citizens’ (LULAC) Director of Federal Affairs and CEO of the Herencia-Heritage LLC.

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