What does it take to move the world?
Meet the individuals who represent a new guard of social justice, building a future grounded in equality for all.
Filantropía PR wasn’t the first brush with hurricane recovery efforts for Pagan-Ortiz, an electrical engineer who had a long career at technology companies. After seeing the devastation left behind by Maria, she founded nonprofit Rayo de Luna and co-founded Harimau Conservation, and built 41 water purification towers so people had access to clean, safe drinking water.
Now, as she works to reimagine philanthropy as the head of Filantropía Puerto Rico, Pagan-Ortiz has an opportunity to help build back her home for her fellow 3.2 million Puerto Ricans. She’s wasted no time. This fall, with her urging, 22 foundations and major donors committed to redoubling their support to restore the U.S. territory.
She couldn’t pass up an opportunity to make a positive impact—and for something so deeply personal as her homeland. She’s proving that after the storm comes a calm when the sky’s the limit.
Illustration by Agata Nowicka