BUILDING A STRONGER PUERTO RICO ONE ROOF AT A TIME
WE BUILD CAPACITY - Construyendo Fuerzas
Our Mission: To strengthen underserved communities throughout Puerto Rico through roof reconstruction and related vocational training.
PRoTechos is a 501(c)(3) and Puerto Rico 1101.01 non-profit corporation founded with the dual mission of rebuilding damaged roofs in underserved communities throughout the island while providing residents with basic carpentry training, addressing both housing needs and the shortage of skilled construction workers in Puerto Rico.
We look to local grass-roots organizations that are best equipped to assess the urgency of the needs of the residents of their communities and identify those most at risk. Starting with the most urgent cases, PRoTechos rebuilds roofs with the help of volunteers, skilled carpenters and trainees, drawn from community residents who are willing and able to work in residential construction. We provide basic carpentry training in a "learn and earn" program. Trainees receive minimum wage for time spent learning and building, and they are expected to teach others and continue building in their community once their own training has been completed.
Who We Are
The PRoTechos Team
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Luis Rene Marrero Cordero
Luis Re has extensive experience developing and supporting emerging community ventures to serve the homeless and advance public health, social justice, and environmental justice. From 2011-2012, he was deployed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti as the Director of Operations for Iniciativas de Paz, an international health brigade responding to the 2010 earthquake. In 2014, he launched Raices Urbanas, a public health program for Caras con Causa to improve living conditions in the polluted Cataño Air Basin, focusing on individuals with critical medical conditions. In 2016, working with Corredor del Yaguazo, he created community-based ecological program which employed community residents to give educational tours about local wetlands and sustainable environmental practices. Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, he served as a first responder with Caras con Causa, launching and supporting several community initiatives like Connect Relief for vulnerable populations. Luis Re has a B.S in biology from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s in Public Administration from Rutgers University.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Emily N. Roisman, President and CLO
Emily has more than 30 years of experience as a commercial attorney, beginning as a corporate litigator and transitioning to in-house counsel, providing business-focused legal advice and drafting and negotiating contracts for public and private companies. She was one of the founding members of the Board of Directors of MentorPrize, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that recruits volunteer mentors and matches them with local mentoring programs. She received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Anita Montaner Sevillano, Secretary
Anita is a Capital Member and Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group at McConnell Valdes in their San Juan, PR office. She has been a member of the firm’s Policy Committee for the past 12 years, participating as a voting member in all matters and decisions related to firm governance and management, and she has served as the Secretary of the Policy Committee for 8 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her JD from University of Puerto Rico Law School.
Alejandro Calaf Reichard, Treasurer
Alejandro is a trademark paralegal and law clerk with Reichard & Calaf. He received his undergraduate degree in Finance from St. Joseph’s University, and upon graduation served as a corporate account manager for Banco Santander. He recently received his JD from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law and will take the bar next spring. About a week after Hurricane Maria, Alejandro co-founded Water for Puerto Rico, which distributed over 2000 water filters and over 25 tons of essentials throughout Puerto Rico.
Sylvia M. Iturregui
Michelle Guillemard Noble
Jonathan J. Marvel
Eva G. Salgado-Micheo
Yanel de Angel
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
PROTECHOS INC., P.O. Box 361470, San Juan, PR 00936-1470