Jorge Colberg Toro
Jorge Colberg Toro (born October 7, 1965) is a Puerto Rican politician, a former Member of the House of Representatives and a College Professor. He served as a member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives from 2003 to 2013. He also was Secretary for Public Affairs for the former governors Sila M. Calderon and Alejandro García Padilla and Secretary General of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP). Currently, he is a Government and Public Policy College Professor at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, a political, legislative and government consultant, speechwriter and a TV & Radio political analyst.
Jorge Colberg Toro
|At-Large Member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives|
February 26, 2003 – January 26, 2013
|Succeeded by||Luisa Gándara|
|Born||October 7, 1965|
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
|Political party||Popular Democratic Party (PPD)|
|Alma mater||Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus|
Early years and studiesEdit
Professor Jorge Colberg Toro was born on October 7, 1965 in Río Piedras. His parents are Severo Colberg Ramírez, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Eva Toro Franquiz, a college professor and former Student Dean at the University of Puerto Rico. His older brother, Severo, was also a member of the House of Representatives from 1993 to 2004. Jorge J. Colberg Toro holds a Master's degree in Government and Public Policy from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus (4.0 GPA) and has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Humanistic Studies from the Inter-American University (3.80 GPA). He holds also a Executive Certificate from the Executive Program for Government Officials from the Ibero-American Institute of Cities and the Harvard Kennedy School.
At present, professor Colberg-Toro is doing his doctoral thesis for a PhD degree in Public Administration, Political Science and International Relations at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain.
From 1989 to 1996, Colberg Toro served as Special Advisor, Director of Programming and Press Secretary of then-Mayor of San Juan, Héctor Luis Acevedo. Because of his work, he received the Felisa Rincón de Gautier Award for distinguished public servant in 1995. The next year, he was appointed as Press Secretary for the Popular Democratic Party (PDP). He also worked as advisor in communications and politics from 1997 to 2001.
In 2001, Colberg was appointed Director of the Public Integrity Commission of the Senate of Puerto Rico, and Executive Director of the Joint Commission on the Comptroller's Special Reports. That summer, Colberg also served as Public Affairs Adviser for Governor Sila M. Calderón. In November 2001, Calderón also appointed Colberg as Secretary General of the PDP. She also named him as Secretary of Public Affairs for the Government in 2002.
In January 2003, Colberg was called to fill a vacancy at the Puerto Rico House of Representatives. He was sworn in February 26, 2003. During that term, he presided the Commission of Public Integrity, among others.
In 2003, Colberg Toro officially ran for Representative at the PDP primaries, and was the second candidate with most votes. He was elected in 2004 as a Representative At-large with 134,334 votes. Colberg was reelected again in 2008 and 2012.
On January 9, 2013, Governor Alejandro García Padilla announced that Colberg would serve as Secretary of Public Affairs (Senior Political Advisor to the Governor), thus relinquishing his seat in the House of Representatives. His resignation was effective on January 26, 2013. After two years in office, on July 1, 2015 Governor Garcia-Padilla appointed Colberg, for second time, as Secretary General of the PDP.
Colberg is the only person who occupied both position: Secretary General of the Popular Democratic Party and Public Affairs Secretary of the Governor of Puerto Rico, under two different administrations with governors: Sila M. Calderon and Alejandro Garcia Padilla.
During 2008 and 2016 Presidential Elections in the United States, Professor Colberg was a Delegate for Hillary Clinton national committee and the Democratic National Convention. He also was the political director for the Popular Democratic Party delegation for Hillary Clinton's Campaign that won both Puerto Rico's primaries.
Since January 2017, Colberg is in private sector as a political, legislative and government affairs consultant. Since 2017, he also is a speechwriter, communication consultant and strategist. In 2017, he host a radio program with NotiUno Radio Group and now he host a TV and Radio program with Spanish Broadcast System (SBS) as a political and government analyst. Colberg wrote two books, the first one, "Agenda de Cambios" (Agenda for Change) about political history of the PDP and "Pacto de Futuro" (Compact for the Future) about the future of the Commonwealth as the best political option for the people of Puerto Rico. Colberg also is a featured columnist for El Nuevo Dia and El Vocero newspapers, the main publishing media in Puerto Rico. He was a College Professor in the master's degree Government and Public Policy program at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and in the Political Science bachelor's degree program. At present, he is the Academic Director of the new Rafael Hernandez Colon Foundation-EDP University Public Policy Institute.
Professor Colberg-Toro is married to Ivonne Vilanova and they have two sons: Attorney Jorge E. Colberg-Vilanova, Esq. and Daniel Colberg Vilanova a Law Student.
- Elecciones Generales de 1992, 1996, 2000[permanent dead link] on CEEPUR
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- Elecciones Generales 2004: Representantes por Acumulación Archived 2011-10-09 at the Wayback Machine on CEEPUR
- Elecciones Generales 2008: Representantes por Acumulación Archived 2011-11-20 at the Wayback Machine on CEEPUR
- "Jorge Colberg deja su escaño en la Cámara para trabajar en Fortaleza". El Nuevo Día. January 9, 2013.
- Banuchi, Rebecca (January 14, 2013). "Jorge Colberg permanecerá en la Cámara hasta finales de mes". El Nuevo Día.
- Jorge Colberg Toro on CamaraDeRepresentantes.org