Angelique Sina

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Angelique Sina
Angelique Velez

Alma materUniversity of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla (B.A.)
Johns Hopkins University (M.A.)

Angelique Sina is a Puerto Rican businessperson. She is founder of the Friends of Puerto Rico non-profit organization and a commissioner in the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA) in Washington, D.C.

Early life and education[edit]

Angelique Velez was born to Maria T. Roman and Oscar Velez of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.[1] She completed a bachelor's degree at University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla.[2] In 2014, Sina earned a master of arts in corporate and nonprofit communication from Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.[3] She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University's Latino Entrepreneurship Scaling program.[4]


In 2014, Sina worked as an associate for global markets at the International Finance Corporation. In this role, Sina worked to finance affordable housing projects in developing countries.[1] Sina worked for the World Bank as a global relationship manager.[3] She has served on the following boards: Latinas in Business,[5] Art Museum of the Americas, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce[6] and Johns Hopkins Council.[7] Angelique is a writer for the Forbes Nonprofit Council[8] and HuffPost.[9] She is active in social impact efforts for Puerto Rico and Africa, and her work in these areas have been covered by interviews in magazines and newspapers[10][11]

In 2016, she was appointed by the Mayor of Washington, D.C. to serve as a Commissioner[12] in the Mayor's Office of Latino Affairs (MOLA) of the District of Columbia.[13]

Friends of Puerto Rico[edit]

Sina founded Friends of Puerto Rico in 2015.[2] It is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C. Their mission is described as a focus on social impact[disambiguation needed], creating opportunities to develop the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs in Puerto Rico. They have received donations from BB&T, Verizon, and individual donors.[14]

In 2017, Friends of Puerto Rico responded to Hurricane Maria by coordinating national donations to Puerto Rico, providing 300,000 lbs of clothes, food, and supplies[15] flown out of Miami, Florida.[16] The organization also establish a Hurricane Maria Recovery Fund towards rebuilding efforts.[17] The organization has continued to collect donations and help families leave the island in the months after the hurricane.[18]

In 2019, a social impact coffee Café Ama was launched by the organization at an expo in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[19] Sina is president of Cama Ama.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2014, Velez married Jeremy Sina in Añasco, Puerto Rico.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

Sina has been a scholar of the Aspen Institute and a nominee for the Forbes 30 under 30 award and was selected as a “Changemaker” at the White House United State of Women and recognized as an Emerging Leader[20] by the Hispanic Alliance.[21] She has received the Young Leadership Award at The Washington Center,[22] the Redefining Leadership Award from the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement,[23] and the 2017 Brava Award for her work.[24]


  1. ^ a b c "Angelique Velez and Jeremy Sina". Washington Post. 2014-01-05. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Angelique Sina's Friend Network for Puerto Rico". Hispanic Executive. 2019-07-22. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  3. ^ a b c Sugarman, Joe. "Island Giving: Alum Angelique Sina co-founded nonprofit Friends of Puerto Rico". Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins Magazine. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Latino Business Action Network (LBAN) Announces 73 Latinx Entrepreneurs' Completion of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative Education-Scaling Program". 2018-07-07. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Angelique Sina joins the Editorial Advisory Board". Latinas in Business. 2017-03-14. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Our Team". Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Alumni Council Members 2018-2019". Johns Hopkins University. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Forbes Nonprofit Council Angelique Sina". Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Angelique Sina". HuffPost. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  10. ^ Hayes, Anthony (2018-03-09). "Friends of Puerto Rico CEO Angelique Sina: 'Success takes dedication'". Baltimore Post Examiner. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  11. ^ Hayes, Anthony. "Friends of Puerto Rico: Resourceful CEO leads effort to aid stricken island". LA Post Examiner. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs Commission on Latino Community Development". Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs Agenda and Minutes". Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Friends of Puerto Rico CEO Angelique Sina: 'Success takes dedication'". Baltimore Post-Examiner. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Three Cargo Planes Heading to PR With 300,000 Pounds of Aid". NBC 6 South Florida. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Friends of Puerto Rico envía 300,000 libras de suministros". Primera Hora. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  17. ^ "The best charities to donate to for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico". 26 September 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Finding hope one year after Hurricane Maria". WUSA. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Friends of Puerto Rico Launches Social Impact Coffee". Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Angelique Sina Recognized as an Emerging Leader". HACE. 2017-05-01. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Commissioner Biographies" (PDF). Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  22. ^ "Introducing TWC's 2015 Alumni Award Recipients". The Washington Center. 2015-08-31. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  23. ^ "HACE's Annual Summit Extol Latino Professional Success, Charts Pathways to Strengthening It". Hispanic Network Magazine. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  24. ^ "SmartCEO Announces the 2017 Brava Awards". SmartCEO. Retrieved 18 March 2019.