Verónica Colón Rosario fiercely advocates for gender and racial justice, anti-colonialism, and human rights. She is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Fundación de Mujeres en Puerto Rico.
Verónica started her career in the healthcare industry at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) after earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. Later, she pursued a master’s degree in Latin American Studies and Democracy from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
After completing her degree at Georgetown, Veronica joined the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Latin American Program. In this role, she oversaw different regional projects and research. In 2016, she joined the National Science Foundation as a Social Scientist for the Social and Economic Sciences Directorate.
After returning to Puerto Rico in 2018, she became a Program Manager at Grupo Guayacán Inc., joining the island’s thriving start-up ecosystem. Later, she teamed up with two local investors to establish Holberton Puerto Rico, a software development school, where she served as the Director for a year. In this capacity, she played a crucial role in strengthening the technology sector and promoting economic mobility among young students by forging partnerships and connecting them with high-profile companies.
Verónica is a board member for True Self, a non-profit organization in Puerto Rico that works with the trans communities, providing them with education and economic mobility. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Haitian Women’s Collective and Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción.
In addition to her work at the Fundación de Mujeres in Puerto Rico, Verónica is a SOAR Fellow at the Aspen Institute. This fellowship allows her to collaborate with other visionary leaders committed to transforming the systems and structures that affect the lives of women and girls worldwide. Recently, she joined the vibrant community of Hispanics in Philanthropy as a Líderes fellow.
Verónica is a native of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, close to the communities she now serves. She is an outdoor enthusiast, ecofeminist, dog mom, and plant collector.