Ricardo Rosselló Nevares is a college professor and researcher and the governor of Puerto Rico. He is also the President of the New Progressive Party which advocates for Puerto Rico to become a state of the United States.
Rosselló came to public life after his father, Pedro Rosselló who became governor of Puerto Rico in 2005. At the time, Ricardo was mostly known for his academic and athletic accomplishments, having represented Puerto Rico internationally in the International Mathematical Olympiads and by becoming a three-time junior tennis champion on the island.
Initially, however, Rosselló dedicated himself to the sciences. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and economics and, later, graduated from the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. After obtaining his doctoral degree, Rosselló worked as a researcher at Duke University, focusing his work on stem cell research. He then published and presented his research on several venues while obtaining several awards in the process.
But after a few years in academia, Rosselló returned to the public life. In 2010, he founded the political advocacy group Boricua ¡Ahora Es! that advocated for changing the current political status of Puerto Rico. After several years of political advocacy, Rosselló announced that he would seek the nomination for governor of Puerto Rico under the New Progressive Party (PNP in Spanish). Several months later he was elected governor during the 2016 general election.
Today, Rosselló is leading Puerto Rico into a new era by making it a prosperous, happy and safe community for its people, and developing cooperation and exchanges with other parts of the world.
Ricardo Nevares, the Governor of Puerto Rico, holding the US China Outstanding Contribution Award, presented by Colin Wu, Vice Chairman of the US China Business Association, at the Fourth Award Ceremony at San Juan Convention Center, Puerto Rico, March 1st, 2017.