Ricardo Rosselló was sworn in as governor of Puerto Rico on January 2, 2017 after his victory in the general elections against five other candidates. His main objective is to guide Puerto Rico in overcoming its government and financial crisis, and obtaining equality for the island by making Puerto Rico the 51st state of the United States.
Rosselló graduated from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Bachelors’ degrees in Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering, with a specialization in Development Economics. He continued his academic career at the University of Michigan, where he obtained a Master’s and Doctor’s degree in Bioengineering. He attended post- doctorate studies at Duke University in North Carolina, where he also worked as a researcher. Rosselló worked as a professor at the Metropolitan University and as an auxiliary professor at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. His research work has been acknowledged with several awards, including the Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons (JCI International.) He was also selected as the youngest member of the Ibero-American Culture and Scientific Academy. His work has been published in several science journals, such as E-life and the cover of the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. As a result of his research, he has been able to develop intellectual property with the purpose of treating diseases such as neurodegeneration and cancer. He was recently acknowledged as a scholar by the International Society of Neurobiology.
In 2012, Rosselló published the book Un mejor Puerto Rico es posible (Another Puerto Rico Is Possible), which analyzes how the island’s situation under its current political system affects both the social and economic parameters of Puerto Rico, and its relationship with the rest of the world. Facing the 2012 status plebiscite, Rosselló Nevares founded the movement Boricua Ahora Es, with the purpose of creating awareness on the importance of achieving a fair political definition for Puerto Rico. Through this movement, he encouraged the Puerto Rican electorate to vote for statehood, to obtain for the first time the victory of this status formula in a plebiscitary inquiry.
On June 5, 2016, 37 year-old Rosselló stood out on the New Progressive Party (NPP) primaries and became the candidate for governor for this party during the general elections on November 8, 2016. He is married to Beatriz Isabel Rosselló, with whom he has two children: Claudia Beatriz and Pedro Javier. Rosselló’s parents are Pedro Rosselló González, former governor of Puerto Rico (1993-2001) and former first lady Maga Rosselló.