Congratulations and Best Wishes to Eileen M. Vélez Vega!
SWE’s own Eileen Vélez Vega has been named as Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP by its Spanish acronym) for Puerto Rico by Governor-Elect Pedro Pierluisi. Eileen will be the first woman to hold this position. To the excitement of her daughter and her classmates on zoom, Eileen’s photo was featured on the front page of local papers following the announcement. “Girls can do anything!” she told her daughter’s class. You’ll be able to read more about her appointment in an article in the upcoming Winter issue of SWE Magazine which will be published digitally in late January 2021.
This historic news is both exciting and bittersweet, however, as Eileen has resigned from SWE’s Board of Directors effective 12/31/2020 in order to fulfill her new duties to Puerto Rico.
“SWE has definitely been my constant for the past 20 years and this is only a brief hiatus in my active participation. Being part of the SWE BOD has been an honor and I hope to be back in the future! I will continue my SWE membership, mentorship, and empowerment of women and girls in STEM fields. I humbly accepted this new role and even though I’m the first woman to be appointed, I’m sure I will not be the last! I’ve always believed in representation and positive visibility and this is a great accomplishment for all of us women in STEM fields. I will honor this new role and I take this responsibility very seriously. As a mother I also have a huge responsibility to serve as a strong role model for my daughter and all young girls. I thank SWE for all the leadership opportunities and being part of my journey and preparation for this amazing moment in my life!”
– Eileen Vélez Vega
While we’ll miss her warmth and enthusiasm in our board meetings, we express our heartfelt thanks for her service to SWE, and wish her the best in her new endeavors!
- Podcast: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with Latina Leader, Eileen Vélez Vega
- A Day in the Life of Civil Engineer Eileen Vélez Vega
- Hispanic Heritage Month: Spotlight on Eileen Vélez Vega
- SWEet Wisdom: How do Mentors Make a Difference?
- Ways YOU Can Help in the Latinx/Hispanic Community!