2019 Board of Directors

The New York Chapter is governed by a Board of Directors elected bi-annually by the membership. 

Sandra Rivera

Welcome/Bienvenidos to the New York Chapter!

The National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW) is the only national non-profit, non-partisan, organization with chapters in cities across the U.S. dedicated to promoting the full participation of Puerto Rican and other Hispanic women in their economic, social and political life in the United States and Puerto Rico. NACOPRW's Mission is "Preserving Our Heritage and Rights Through Mentorship and Leadership for a Better Tomorrow." 

Launched in 1973, the New York Chapter has maintained a consistent and active membership of dynamic Puerto Rican women representing many government, law, education, finance, non-profit and business sectors across the New York City. As a volunteer-run organization, the Chapter conducts a variety of activities that address the needs and interests of our members and the larger community.

As for myself, I am Puerto Rican woman, born and raised in New York City, and an advocate for our people in need.  I obtained my degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with an Administrative Planning concentration for public works programs.  earned the Pratt Administrative planning Certification for their Masters Program and I've served as a Delegate for over 23 with my Local 371.

María Román-Dumén



María Román Dumén was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and migrated to New York in 1959. She is known for her devoted public service and her civil service career with the State of New York where she had the privilege and honor of working under the leadership of five New York State Governors (Carey, Cuomo, Pataki, Spitzer, and Paterson).  One of her memorable moments in state service was her role as a member of the senior policy staff for Governor George E. Pataki.  As the principal liaison to the Puerto Rican/Hispanic community, she was involved in the statewide planning and policy development affecting the health, safety, and welfare of New Yorkers throughout the State. She was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve as a member of the US Census Bureau Advisory Committee on Race and Ethnic Populations; selected to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee of the New York Daily News Viva Magazine (VNY); selected Chairperson of the Latino Advisory Committee for the American Diabetes Association (ADA); named member of the New York/Puerto Rico Economic Development Advisory Board, accepted to serve as an Ambassador for the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, recruited as a committee member of the  New York Society of Association Executives.


Maria T. Centeno

Honorary Ad Hoc President

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