José Rodríguez-Suárez obtained a bachelor’s degree at the Elliot School of International Affairs of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After completing his degree in 1982, Mr. Rodríguez-Suárez worked as an analyst on Latin American affairs at the U.S. State Department.
Subsequently, Mr. Rodríguez-Suárez became Special Assistant to the Secretary of State of Puerto Rico. In said position, he participated in the development and coordination of Puerto Rico’s involvement in the Caribbean Basin Initiative.
Mr. Rodríguez-Suárez obtained his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in 1986. As a law student, he was a member of the UPR Law Review and published two articles one of which was also published in the Puerto Rico Bar Association Journal.
While in law school, Mr. Rodríguez-Suárez was a law clerk of the Honorable Gilberto Gierbolini and of the Honorable Juan Pérez-Giménez at the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
As an attorney Mr. Rodríguez-Suárez worked at Martínez, Odell & Calabria, where he specialized in corporations, commercial contracts and telecommunications and at McConnell Valdés where he co-chaired the Government Relations Practice Group and contributed his extensive experience in strategic communications and public policy development. He is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
As Deputy Secretary of State of Puerto Rico, Mr. Rodríguez-Suárez counsels the Secretary of State and the Governor on international affairs and assists the Secretary of State in the development of public policy.
His prior experience in government includes serving as a consultant to the Chief of Staff of the Governor of Puerto Rico, the Secretary of State of Puerto Rico, and the Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington, D.C.