Speaker - Eduardo Bhatia Gautier

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Eduardo Bhatia Gautier is the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), the Washington DC office of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and officially represents the Governor in the United States on issues important to Puerto Rico. Mr. Bhatia was appointed to this position in January 2005 by Governor An兊al Acevedo-Vil・ As PRFAA’s Executive Director, Mr. Bhatia represents the Governor on matters before state and federal agencies as well as before Congress and the Executive branch. He manages PRFAA’s staff in the areas of Government Affairs, Federal Grants, Communications, Outreach and Public Affairs and Community Affairs, to carry out the agency’s mission of advancing the well-being of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and of Puerto Rican in the United States. Prior to joining PRFAA, Mr. Bhatia was a candidate for Mayor of San Juan for the Popular Democratic Party. Between 2001 and 2003, he worked as a lawyer in private practice and as a professor at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. During this time, Mr. Bhatia was also involved in community work. Mr. Bhatia graduated from Stanford Law School in June 1990 where he founded and edited the "Stanford Journal of Law and Policy", an academic publication with an emphasis on the development of new laws and public policy. He attended Princeton University and the London School of Economics, obtaining his Bachelors Degree in Government and Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1986. During his university years, he was a member of the Princeton Democratic Students Association and the Student Council, actively participating in the student movement against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. In May 1986, Mr. Bhatia was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study law, economics and politics in Santiago, Chile for one year.

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The Future Status of Puerto Rico

06.19.06 | 01:12:36 min | 2 comments