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UPRAA’s History

Members of this group included: Ms. Betty Paugh, Mr. Mario Acosta-Vélez, Dra. Margarita Benítez, Ms. Sara Clemente, Ms. Grace Dewan, Mr. Tomás Esterrich, Ms. Nalini Lamba-Nieves, Dr. Jacob Lozada, Mr. Adán Rodríguez-Arroyo, Mr. Armando Valdés-Prieto, Mr. José Vega, Mr. Javier Vélez-Arrocho, and Ms. Loida Velilla. UPRAA is the first Association to include alumni and friends from all the 11 campuses of the UPR Educational System.

During the second half of 2003, the organizational group established an interim Board of Directors, completed the incorporation of the Association, and submitted the application for tax exemption, as prescribed by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Finally, on November 24, 2003, at a reception held at the Hall of the Americas at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC, the President of the UPR Educational System and the UPRAA Interim Board of Directors officially launched the Association. Since its inception, UPRAA has conducted activities and membership drives in consonance with its mission statement, purpose, goals, and objectives.

The Association serves as a link between UPR alumni and friends abroad and the University of Puerto Rico educational system and works towards promoting opportunities and creating a support network for its membership.

Our primary purpose is to establish an organization in which University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area converge in fraternal union to foster common interests and support charitable and scholarship programs. As we continue to expand the organization, we aim to increase our reach beyond the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

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

Our Vision

To connect, empower and mentor UPRAA women in Washington, DC and beyond with the goal of increasing our UPRAA women’s participation in leadership roles and increase overall awareness of UPRAA beyond its membership.

Our Programs and Activities

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

Board of Directors

José O. Torres


Jose O. Torres is a retired U.S. Army military officer currently working as a Strategic Communications Analyst with the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, The Pentagon, Washington, DC. He is responsible for policy and oversight of National Leadership Command Capabilities programs and communication systems. Throughout his military career he held positions of increased responsibilities, from leading small units to commanding an Army Battalion.

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Alida Rodríguez

Vice-President and Chair, Membership Committee

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

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Robert Alvarez

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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Amy de Jesús-Encarnacion

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

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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Jomar Martinez-Feliciano

Membership Committee

Jomar Martinez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez as an Industrial Engineer. He finished his bachelor’s degree while working as a COOP student in Ethicon,LLC in San Lorenzo Puerto Rico.

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Josué E Rivera

Membership Committee

Josué E. Rivera is the State Director of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development (RD) in Puerto Rico.

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Richard A. Negrón

Co-Chair, Outreach and Business Development Committee

Richard is the founder of JVR Tech LLC, a business development and technology consulting company. He is also the co-founder of Tek Advisory Group where he helps companies solve highly complex technology problems that are restricting their business.

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Rosanna Torres

Co-Chair, Communications

Rosanna Torres have been in public service for over nine years and have long stressed the importance of advocating on behalf of the people of Puerto Rico.

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Association of University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA)

P.O. Box 2600 Merrifield, VA 22116-2600
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