Mr. Jorge Silva-Puras is a Principal at Interaktiva, LLC, a consulting firm advising Puerto Rican and Hispanic businesses, and a distinguished Lecturer on Business at the Hostos Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Previously, he served as Regional Administrator for Region II of the U.S. Small Business Administration, with headquarters in New York City and responsibility for SBA’s programs and services in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with approximately 2.7 million small businesses and a portfolio of SBA guaranteed loans of over $6.1 billion.
Before joining the SBA, Mr. Silva-Puras served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He also held senior positions at the Commonwealth, including Secretary of Economic Development & Commerce, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), and President of the Economic Development Bank for Puerto Rico. As Chief of Staff, he had responsibility over a $9.5 billion budget and close to 200,000 employees.
Previous to his government roles, he spent 13 years in the private sector, including nine years in brand management with The Procter & Gamble Company, first at its corporate headquarters in Cincinnati and later at P&G’s San Juan office, where he managed marketing efforts for the US Hispanic and Caribbean regions. His experience also includes banking and law as VP for Citibank Credit Cards in Puerto Rico and as a commercial litigator at the O’Neill & Borges Law Firm in San Juan.
Mr. Silva-Puras served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, the Puerto Rico Commerce and Trade Company, and the Puerto Rico Science and Technology Trust, among others. He also served as member of the Board of Directors of the Government Development Bank and the Economic Development Bank for Puerto Rico.
He received his BA from Yale University, JD from the University of Puerto Rico, and MBA in International Management & Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.