Angelique Sina

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Angelique Sina
Born Angelique Velez
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Alma mater University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla (B.A.)
Johns Hopkins University (M.A.)
Occupation Businessperson

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

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

Sina founded Friends of Puerto Rico in 2015.[2][14] 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, 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.[15]

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[16] flown out of Miami, Florida.[17] The organization also establish a Hurricane Maria Recovery Fund towards rebuilding efforts.[18] The organization has continued to collect donations and help families leave the island in the months after the hurricane.[19]

In 2019, a social impact coffee Café Ama was launched by the organization at an expo in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[20] Sina is president of Cama Ama.[3]

Personal life

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

Awards and honors

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[21] by the Hispanic Alliance.[22] She has received the Young Leadership Award at The Washington Center,[23] the Redefining Leadership Award from the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement,[24] and the 2017 Brava Award for her work.[25]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Angelique Velez and Jeremy Sina". New York Times. 2014-01-05. Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Angelique Sina’s Friend Network for Puerto Rico" (in en). 2019-07-22. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sugarman, Joe. "Island Giving: Alum Angelique Sina co-founded nonprofit Friends of Puerto Rico". 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". Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  7. "Alumni Council Members 2018-2019". Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  8. "Forbes Nonprofit Council Angelique Sina". Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  9. "Angelique Sina". 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. Guevara, Tomas (September 17, 2019). "Amigos de Puerto Rico: Trabajando por la isla". El Tiempo Latina: Washington DC Metro Area Newspaper in Spanixh. Retrieved 28 September 2019. 
  15. "Friends of Puerto Rico CEO Angelique Sina: ‘Success takes dedication’". Baltimore Post-Examiner. Retrieved 18 April 2019. 
  16. "Three Cargo Planes Heading to PR With 300,000 Pounds of Aid" (in en). NBC 6 South Florida. Retrieved 18 April 2019. 
  17. "Friends of Puerto Rico envía 300,000 libras de suministros" (in en). Primera Hora. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2019. 
  18. "The best charities to donate to for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico". 26 September 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2019. 
  19. "Finding hope one year after Hurricane Maria". WUSA. Retrieved 18 April 2019. 
  20. "Friends of Puerto Rico Launches Social Impact Coffee". Retrieved 18 April 2019. 
  21. "Angelique Sina Recognized as an Emerging Leader". HACE. 2017-05-01. Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  22. "Commissioner Biographies". Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  23. "Introducing TWC's 2015 Alumni Award Recipients". The Washington Center. 2015-08-31. Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  24. "HACE’s Annual Summit Extol Latino Professional Success, Charts Pathways to Strengthening It". Retrieved 18 March 2019. 
  25. "SmartCEO Announces the 2017 Brava Awards". Retrieved 18 March 2019.