The #GivingTuesdayPR Team

Meet the group of volunteers who manage the coordination of the movement in Puerto Rico.

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Roberto M. Soto Acosta

Global Representative

Roberto Soto obtained his Bachelor's Degree from Manhattan College in New York and his Master's Degree in Education from Harvard University, where he studied for a doctorate in Social Policy and Education. Since the age of 16, he has been involved as a volunteer and leader in community affairs and within non-profit institutions. Expert in fundraising and in the management of civil society organizations with more than 35 years of professional experience in New York, Illinois, Florida, and Puerto Rico, he has worked in the management of funds for the benefit of institutions educational, museums, hospitals, social welfare programs, health, and environmental organizations, among others.

 

With more than 20 years of experience, he has dedicated himself to independent consulting and is a principal partner of the company Imagine Consulting. He has taught courses in the Master's Program in Cultural Administration and Management at the University of Puerto Rico. He was a member of the Ethics Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for nine years internationally. He is the founder of the Alliance for the Development of the Third Puerto Rican Sector, a non-profit entity under which he establishes the #GivingTuesday Puerto Rico movement of which he is its current global representative before the International movement.

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Gionira “Gio” Blanco 

Coordinator of Strategic Relations and #GivingTuesdayKids

Gionira has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master's in Human Rights from the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. She is a Certified Empowerment Coach and has offered courses and workshops on related topics. One of his passions is the third sector, which is why he has been working with non-profit organizations and foundations for more than 13 years. He has experience in strengthening the third sector, technical assistance, advocacy, collaborations, alliances, advocacy, and social movements. She has worked as a mentor for children and adolescents on human rights issues, which is why she is currently the coordinator of #GivingTuesdayKidsPR.

"Belonging to #GivingTuesday is for me an opportunity to continue contributing to the strengthening of the third sector. Making visible and supporting the work of these organizations is one of my passions. The satisfaction you feel helping others is a unique experience. That is why I #ViralizoLaSolidaridad being part of #GivingTuesdayPR.”

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Lcda. Lizannette Morales Crespo, JD

Coordinator of Community Relations and Volunteering

Lizannette is a Biologist and High School Educator who graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. She has a Juris Doctor from the Inter-American University School of Law. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Arizona State University. She is a founding member of Meraki Group, Inc., a non-profit institution dedicated to raising awareness of social problems in faith communities, on issues of domestic violence, child abuse, and protection of the elderly.

“Being part of #GivingTuesday I can serve multiple organizations, facilitating their social work for the benefit of my people.”

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Elena M. Colón Parrilla, Ph.D.

Analysis and Data Coordinator

Elena has collaborated with various non-profit organizations for the past fifteen years and is currently the executive director of the Intellectus Foundation. Her preparation in economics and business is combined with her desire to contribute to improving the living conditions of the people in Puerto Rico.

“Through GivingTuesdayPR I can help hundreds of organizations that attend to the needs that arise from the inequality and poverty that exists on our island."

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Donald C. Escudero Rivera

Operations Coordinator

Donal is a graduate of Social Work from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, currently pursuing a master's degree in Cultural Management and Administration at the said institution. He is a founding member of the #GivingTuesday Puerto Rico movement established in 2017. He has collaborated with non-profit entities for the development of fundraising campaigns and as an operations volunteer.

“Belonging to the #GivingTuesday movement allows me to impact many people, at the same time that I help the third sector.”

Management Team:

Roberto Soto Acosta

Donald C. Escudero Rivera

Gionira Blanco

Elena Colón

Lizannette Morales

 

 

Collaborators:

Ingrid M. Rivera Makeup Artist & Hairstylist

Cristimari Rodríguez Ochoa

Blamilsa Corujo Rodríguez

Katherine A. Márquez Torres

Mark Bedell
Kevin J. Kaufman Ortiz

Aracelis Delgado
Carmen L. Vega (QEPD)
José Joel Delgado

Andrés Salazar Milano, Eli Solutions, Inc.
Pablo Viñas Guzmán, AFS Intercultura, inc,    
Riquelmis Burgos, AGSmart

 

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