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Head of Federal Affairs Administration stepping down

Outgoing Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration Executive Director Carmen Feliciano

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia announced late last week that the current executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) in Washington, D.C., Carmen Feliciano, will step down from the position on Tuesday.

“I know Carmen Feliciano’s work and commitment closely, because not only did she lead PRFAA during these two years, but for eight years she was the director of my office when I was resident commissioner. Her knowledge and experience in the federal capital was key to the accomplishments we have made in Congress, the White House and federal agencies,” the governor said in a written statement. “Together with the PRFAA team, led by Ms. Feliciano, we ensured that Puerto Rico was successfully included in aid programs such as the extension to all families on our island of the tax credit for dependent minors [Child Tax Credit]. We also achieved a greater allocation in Medicaid funds, as well as funds for reconstruction and flexibility in processes to expedite the use of federal funds, among other issues.”

Feliciano has accepted a position with UnidosUS, formerly the National Council of La Raza, the United States’s largest Latino nonprofit advocacy organization, according to its Wikipedia page. UnidosUS advocates in favor of progressive public policy changes including immigration reform, a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and reduced deportations.

“Now, we will have in the UnidosUS organization a stronger voice that will fight for the civil rights of all Hispanics, including American citizens living on the island and in the 50 states,” Pierluisi said. “Although I will miss her very much for her key role in my administration, I wish her the greatest success and I know that in her new role she will continue to contribute to Puerto Rico.”

Feliciano noted that “serving the people of Puerto Rico from Washington, D.C. has been the honor of my life.”

“For the past two decades, I have put my heart-soul-mind-spirit and experience at the service of our people,” she said. “I am very proud of the achievements and grateful for the lessons learned along the way. I thank Governor Pierluisi for trusting me to lead PRFAA and represent him in the White House, Congress, and the executive branch. Also, I thank the PRFAA team, a great group of committed public servants who will continue to represent our island at the federal level with the same success and professionalism with which they have done so far.”

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