Learn about the Team at Government of Puerto Rico, including our Governor of Puerto Rico, Secretary of Treasury of Puerto Rico, and Executive Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Pedro Pierluisi was elected as Puerto Rico’s Governor on November 3rd, 2020. He is an attorney from San Juan with over 35 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, and has extensive litigation, arbitration and negotiation experience.
He began his professional career in Washington D.C. as an assistant to Puerto Rico’s delegate in Congress Baltasar Corrada del Río, and then worked for six years as a trial attorney in two prominent D.C. law firms. He returned to practice law in Puerto Rico in 1990 and served as Puerto Rico's Attorney General (Secretary of Justice) from 1993 to 1996. As chief legal officer of the Government of Puerto Rico, he had a key role in the fight against crime and was commissioned by the White House to work with Members of Congress for the passage of the 1994 Crime bill, before returning to private practice as a partner at a prestigious local law firm for 11 years.
In 2008, Pierluisi was elected to Congress and served as Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner in the U.S. House of Representatives for eight years. As a Member of Congress he compiled an impressive record of achievements, such as ensuring that Puerto Rico was treated fairly in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act. Similarly, he worked to advance multiple initiatives to benefit the people of Puerto Rico in the areas of public safety, economic development, education, health, and environmental protection. While in Congress he served in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee (2009-2017), Natural Resources Committee (2009-2017), Education and Labor Committee (2009-2011) and was the first and only delegate to be a member of the Ethics Committee (2011-2015).
Pierluisi has always advocated for equal rights for the American citizens residing on the Island, including a relentless fight for statehood for Puerto Rico.
As Governor, he has prioritized the reconstruction process after Hurricane María and the 2020 earthquakes, working with FEMA and HUD to expedite the disaster funding allocated to Puerto Rico, and leveraging pandemic relief funds to spur economic development. His administration was extremely successful in vaccination efforts, which placed Puerto Rico as the U.S. jurisdiction with most people fully vaccinated.
Pierluisi has focused on infrastructure renovation and improving Puerto Rico’s education. He leads the fight against gender violence, increased the local minimum salary, and supports the transformation of Puerto Rico’s energy system to increase renewables and repair its aging electrical grid. He promoted the end of the government’s bankruptcy, which reduced public debt by nearly 80%. Puerto Rico’s economy has seen vast improvements under Pierluisi’s tenure, increasing labor participation and recording the lowest level of unemployment in the island’s history.
Pierluisi, who is the father of four adult children and a grandfather of six, earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1981 from Tulane University in New Orleans and his Juris Doctor in 1984 from George Washington University.
Francisco Parés Alicea is the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury (Department) and Chief Financial Officer of the Government of Puerto Rico (CFO). He is responsible for the administration and development of tax policy through the interpretation of the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code. In addition, Secretary Parés is in charge of proposing changes to tax laws for the betterment of the tax administration, and the overseeing of the island’s public finances, including the preparation of the Government of Puerto Rico Financial Statements.
Presently, he directs the tax collection initiatives in the Certified Fiscal Plan for the Government of Puerto Rico, as required in the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA).
Francisco led the integration of multiple digital platforms to the SURI application, digitizing the Department’s tax system. This project has simplified procedures for taxpayers and encouraged voluntary compliance with tax responsibilities. The technological transformation of the Department has allowed in times of great need for Puerto Rican families the disbursement in record time of Federal Economic Impact Payments and other state aid in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to becoming the youngest Secretary of the Treasury in its modern history, he served as Assistant Secretary of the Internal Revenue and Tax Policy Area of the Department. This experience gave him the opportunity to direct the operations of these areas and the digitalization projects that took place in recent years.
Before entering public service, Francisco served as the manager of the tax department of the international accounting firm, Deloitte Tax LLP. In addition, he was selected by the firm to participate in its Tax Efficacy program, aimed for the high performance professionals in the firm. Prior to his experience at Deloitte, he worked in the banking industry focusing on the preparation of regulatory reports and the local manufacturing industry.
Francisco is a Certified Public Accountant and possesses a Master’s Degree in Taxation Science from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He also has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009.
He is a member of the College of Certified Public Accountants of Puerto Rico. As an active member, he has volunteered as an instructor in several seminars offered by this entity.
He has worked as an "ad-honorem" professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, where he offers a course in Taxes in the Graduate School of Business Administration.
Juan Carlos Blanco is the Director of the Puerto Rico Office of Management and Budget, from where he offers the Governor and the Legislature advice on the development and administration of the budget of the government and its dependencies. He was designated as Director by Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi on January 2021.
Mr. Blanco is an attorney and business advisor with over 20 years of experience in the public and private sector. While in the private sector, he worked in different private law firms in New York and Washington DC and focusing on areas such as financing, investment funds and financial regulation. In Puerto Rico he worked for various years in commercial banking in leadership positions in multiple areas like strategic planning, treasury, and commercial credit as well as advisor to financial institutions and private clients on operational, financial and compliance matters. Additionally, he has been an active member of the Board of Directors of different nonprofit organizations.
In the public sector, he served as Chief of Staff to the Governor under the administration of former Governor Luis G. Fortuño Burset and collaborated in the development of various critical government programs.
He completed his bachelor’s degree in Economic Sciences with a concentration in Finance and Public Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and later went on to obtain a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is admitted to practice law in New York, Washington DC and Puerto Rico.