Damarys Varela Vélez

Operations Manager Professional Development and University Relations Institute
Puerto Rico DE

Damarys Varela Vélez (Ed.D., Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico) is Operations Manager of the PRDE Institute for Professional Development and University Relations. In this capacity, she leads all collaborative projects between the PRDE and universities across Puerto Rico and the mainland United States. She also leads all professional development initiatives targeting the PRDE personnel. She has served the PRDE as Undersecretary of the Institute of Professional Development since 2016 and in other teaching and administration capacities since 1999. Dr. Varela Vélez is Co-PI of the University of Toronto-PRDE RPP. She leads consultation with PRDE leadership to receive input on how the analysis might be adjusted to make the results useful to policymakers and practitioners