Departing Puerto Rico governor makes several appointments
Taps Marrero as CFO and fiscal agency director, and Chávez for COR3
SAN JUAN — Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who is resigning Friday, appointed Omar J. Marrero as executive director of the Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (Aafaf by its Spanish acronym) and chief financial officer of the Government of Puerto Rico; and recommended Ottmar Chávez to serves as the executive director of the Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3).
He also recommended Fermín E. Fontanés as executive director of the Public-Private Partnerships Authority (PPA); Noelia García Bardales as executive director of the Convention District Authority; and Margarita Nolasco as executive director of the Automobile Accident Compensation Administration (ACAA by its Spanish acronym).
The governor also recommended Erik Rolón as executive director of the Housing Financing Authority. Ottmar Chávez will remain as the administrator of the General Services Administration (ASG).
In all these appointments, except that of Aafaf’s executive director, the governor recommended to the boards of the corresponding entities to approve his recommendation.
“I announce these new appointments with the assurance that the officials will carry out their duty in a capable and responsible manner. All have vast experience working in the Government and their commitment to the Island is demonstrated in accepting these positions that allow us to continue executing our administration’s agenda,” the Rosselló said.
The governor’s office, La Fortaleza, gave the following short bios for the officials:
“Omar Marrero holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton in Ohio, a juris doctor from the Law School of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s degree in Law from the Law School of the University of New York.
“Marrero served as executive director of several agencies in the Government of Puerto Rico, which include COR3, the PPPA, the Convention District Authority and the Port Authority. He has also served as secretary of the Department of Consumer Affairs.
“On the other hand, Ottmar Chávez – who since January 2019 has worked as the main purchasing officer for COR3 – earned a bachelor’s degree in International Administration from Assumption College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree in Project Management and Supply Chain from George Washington University.
“Chávez has served as supply chain director, as director of programs and portfolios, and as a global purchasing leader.
“Meanwhile, Fermín E. Fontanés has a Bachelor of Science, Environmental Policy and Planning, from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor from the George Washington University School of Law.
“Fontanés has been a legal adviser to the PPPA since March 2018 and has handled aspects of the Electric Power Authority transaction under the Law to Transform the Puerto Rico Electric System.
“His experience has been focused on corporate transactions, regulatory compliance, permits and environmental litigation. He has provided consulting at all stages of a project, from the review of procedures and site selection, to the review of environmental impacts and permits.
“Furthermore, Noelia García Bardales holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Río Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico and postgraduate studies in International Business Administration from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.
“García Bardales – who was serving as deputy director of the Convention Center District Authority until yesterday [Tuesday] – has over 20 years of experience in public policy implementation.
“Among her work experience, her municipal integration consulting for the 911 Emergency System stands out, as well as her work as an independent consultant for the municipality of Corozal and for the Bona Fide Union of Municipal Employees.
“García Bardales also served as executive director of the Committee on Health and Women’s Affairs of the Senate of Puerto Rico.
“Finally, Margarita Nolasco has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in Mathematics from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, a master’s degree in Education from the State University of New York and a doctorate in Education from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.
“Nolasco’s experience in the Senate began in 2005, where she has been appointed majority leader and vice president of the body. Nolasco also served as mayor of the municipality of Coamo from 1997 to 2000.”