Luis Roberto Rivera-Cruz, Esq., received his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Inter-American University Law Review and received the Alumni Association Award for academic excellence, outstanding leadership and service to the law school community. He also earned a Master of Public Administration from the American University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico.
Mr. Rivera-Cruz entered public service at age 19, when he was elected City Councilman in Morovis, Puerto Rico in 1996. Additionally, he has served as Legislative Assistant to the Majority Leader of the Senate of Puerto Rico, member of the Puerto Rico Governor's Advisory Council on Youth Affairs and as Law Clerk in the Puerto Rico Supreme Court. As a participant of the Córdova-Fernós Congressional Internship Program, he worked in the United States Senate. Mr. Rivera-Cruz also has worked in the District Office of then Congressman Luis G. Fortuño, as well as in the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) all in Washington, D.C. In addition to public service, he has been in private practice working as an associate at a major law firm in San Juan, Puerto Rico, concentrating his practice in the fields of Environmental and Administrative Law as well as Government and Legislative Affairs.
In January 2009, he was designated as Executive Assistant to the Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis G. Fortuño, and served in this position until his appointment in October 2010 as Assistant Secretary for Strategic Planning in the Puerto Rico Department of Housing. In October 2011 he was appointed by Governor Fortuño and confirmed by the State Senate as Commissioner of Municipal Affairs becoming the head of the state agency responsible for regulating, advising and providing technical assistance to Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities in matters pertaining to their organization, administration, functioning and operations, among other municipal governance issues. He has also served as part-time professor in the School of Professional Studies of the Ana G. Mendez University System, teaching a Constitutional Law course. Currently, he is in private practice in the fields of Administrative and Municipal Law, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and Federal grants and programs.