Nelson I. Colón

Dr. Nelson I. Colón is the president and CEO of the Puerto Rico Community Foundation (Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico), a philanthropic institution with a 35-year trajectory, working with communities in Puerto Rico and sharing its knowledge internationally. He holds a doctorate degree in education from Harvard University, an MA in cultural anthropology from SUNY Binghamton, and a BA in sociology from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). Dr. Colón joined the foundation in the early 1980s as program director and became president and CEO in 2000. Under his leadership, several initiatives aimed at building equity in Puerto Rican communities have been launched, in the areas of education, housing, community, economic development, and—after Hurricane María—renewable energy; water, racial, and gender equity; and sustainable development goals. Also, after the 2020 earthquakes and the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Colón led the design and implementation of the foundation’s philanthropic response to both emergencies, focusing on promoting and strengthening community action. The foundation has centered its strategy on building community capital from the ground up: human, social, physical, financial, environmental, and cultural.