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Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Ricardo Rosselló was sworn in as the governor of Puerto Rico in January 2017. Rosselló was a college professor and scientist before taking on the role of governor. Rosselló founded the political advocacy group Boricua Ahora Es, which promoted statehood for Puerto Rico. Rosselló was confirmed as CSG 2019 national president at the CSG 2018 National Conference in December. “As national president of CSG, my goal is to promote diversity and inclusivity and to ensure that the voices of all U.S. citizens are heard in the crafting of effective public policy—including those in Puerto Rico and the other territories whose needs are often overlooked or forgotten,” Rosselló said. “Using this auspicious platform that CSG provides, I plan to continue developing those relationships necessary to advance the relationship between the U.S. mainland and the territories so that we can all develop best practices to serve our constituents and advance the common good.” The governor’s father, Pedro Rosselló, also served as CSG national president during his time as governor of Puerto Rico. Rosselló is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned

bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biomedical engineering with a concentration in development economics. He continued his academic career at the University of Michigan, where he completed his master’s and doctorate. He went on to conduct research on stem cell technology at Duke University. Rosselló created a system of public opinion surveys that applies new discoveries in the cognitive sciences to conduct research in real time. His research has been awarded several prizes including the Biomaterials Conference STAR Award, and has been published in several scientific journals. “My background gives me a unique perspective as to how to make decisions to provide a better quality of life for the people of Puerto Rico,” he said. “As a scientist, I am a problem-solver. I look for solutions. I am not a career politician, and as such, I don’t feel boxed in by the philosophy of ‘political as usual.’” In 2012, Rosselló published a book, A Better Puerto Rico is Possible, which analyzed how the condition of Puerto Rico under the current political system of the commonwealth affects the social and economic parameters of the island, as well as its relationship with the rest of the world.

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He and his wife Beatriz have a daughter, Claudia Beatriz, and a son, Pedro Javier Rosselló.

HE IS THE SON OF F O R M E R G OV E R N O R P E D R O R O S S E L LÓ.

In high school, he was a three-time junior tennis champion. He worked as a researcher at Duke University, focusing on stem cell technology.

He has a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan.

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