Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce
Executive Director - Energy Policy Program
Yan Carlo Oquendo Ramos is an architect in training, with over 13 years of experience in various sustainable projects, including renewable energy, new urbanism,
construction, resilient infrastructure, disaster recovery, project management, retrofitting and environmental design, among others. Currently, Oquendo Ramos is
the Executive Director of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce’s (“DEDC”) Energy Policy Program. He is responsible for the strategic implementation of Puerto Rico’s energy policies and oversees Puerto Rico’s Weatherization Assistance Program, the State Energy Program and the Green Energy Fund, among other projects.
Oquendo Ramos holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, and a Masters Degree in Design Studies in Sustainable
Design from Boston Architectural College of Massachusetts. As part of his Architecture Curriculum, he also studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in Barcelona, Spain. He is also certified as a LEED Green Associate of the U.S. Green Building Council. After obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree, Oquendo worked in Next Step Living Inc., in
Boston, MA, as a PV Solar Designer for the residents of New England. After two years working with the Solarize Boston Program, he worked as a Professor in the University of Turabo’s Architecture Master Program. At the same time, as an entrepreneur, he founded a photovoltaic system at a residential scale business. After Hurricane María in 2017, as part of Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts, Oquendo Ramos worked as State Program Delivery Manager with Tetra Tech Inc., for the Puerto Rico’s Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency. Before starting his responsibilities as Executive Director of the DEDC’s Energy Policy Program, he managed disaster recovery processes in collaboration with FEMA.