Puerto Rico after María | Perspectives from Former Governor Luis Fortuño
The Center for Latin American Studies and the Latin America Leadership program are honored to welcome Former Governor Luis Fortuño to the Hilltop. Mr. Fortuño will share with us his perspectives on the current and future challenges the island faces, particularly in light of the catastrophic damages caused by Hurrican Maria in October 2017. Be prepared to bring questions/comments and take part of this engaging and very pertinent conversation. Hope to see you there!
Kindly note that lunch will be served at 12PM. If you have any dietary restrictions or require special accommodation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill all requests.
Former Governor of Puerto Rico Luis G. Fortuño is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office, where he is a member of the Corporate, Securities & Finance Group and the Government Affairs and Public Policy Group. He is also involved in Steptoe’s Latin American practice. Mr. Fortuño’s served as Governor of Puerto Rico from 2009 and 2013. During his term, Puerto Rico implemented the largest tax cut in the territory’s history, right-sized its government, reined in deficit spending, and developed new sources of government revenue. This resulted in a year and a half long period of economic growth, the only period of economic growth the island has experienced in the last decade. Additionally, Mr. Fortuño’s signature public-private partnerships law paved the way for two of the largest recent infrastructure investments in the US, one in Puerto Rico’s highway system and the island’s main international airport.
Since 2001, Mr. Fortuño has served as Puerto Rico’s National Committeeman at the Republican National Committee. In the 2004 general elections, Mr. Fortuño was elected as Puerto Rico’s sole representative in the US House of Representatives. His peers in Congress then elected him vice-president of the House Republican freshman class. He also served as vice-chair of the Congressional Hispanic Conference during the 109th Congress and as chair during the 110th Congress. Additionally, he served as co-chair of the Congressional Friends of Spain Caucus. In 2007, he was appointed as the Republican minority's Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs for the 110th Congress. He also served as a member of the following House committees: Transportation and Infrastructure, Natural Resources, International Relations, and Education and Workforce.
Mr. Fortuño is a member of the American Law Institute. He served as President of the Council of State Governments (2011-2012) and as Chairman of the Southern Governors Association (2011-2012). He also served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Best Practices of the National Governors Association (2010-2012) and was appointed by President Obama to be one of ten governors serving in the Council of Governors (2010-2012). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of a publicly traded company, Georgetown University’s Latin American Board, and the Board of Directors of the Republican State Leadership Committee, American Action Network, Congressional Leadership Fund and The American Conservative Union, as well as the Advisory Board of the International Republican Institute. Additionally, Mr. Fortuño was a fellow at Georgetown University's Institute of Politics and Public Service in the Fall 2015 semester.
Thursday, March 15 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, 450
37th and O St., N.W., Washington