José R. Izquierdo II, Esq., was appointed by Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rosselló Nevares as Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company on January 2017. Prior to his appointment, Izquierdo practiced law in San Juan and was Secretary General of the World Boxing Association (WBC) and Chief Executive Officer of both the North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and the Intercontinental Boxing Organization (IBO) establishing himself as a major figure in the sport at an international level.
Previously, Izquierdo was Executive Assistant and Director of Legal and Legislative Affairs at the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC) where he oversaw key matters on public policy as well as coordinated all aspects of the Legislative agenda of the Department and its agencies. Moreover, he developed and implemented strategies for the approval of incentive programs, in the areas of services exportation, transference of high income individuals, finance, film industry and related creative industry services, amongst other designed to advance Puerto Rico’s competitiveness at a global level.
Born in Ponce and raised in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, Izquierdo, obtained a BA in History and Latin American and Iberian Studies from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and studied Government and Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London, England.
While attending college, he was chosen to participate in the prestigious White House Internship Program during President George Bush’s term.
Following an extensive career as counsel of various important legislative commissions, including those on Government and Economic Development, Izquierdo obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, where he distinguished himself as Assistant Editor of the Law Review publication of the University of Puerto Rico, was elected President of his class, and President of the Federal Bar Association (FBA).