Jennice is the Founder and Managing Partner of Fuentes Strategies, a boutique government relations firm that provides culturally competent strategic guidance and political access in Congress, Puerto Rico and beyond. Jennice is also the Founder and CEO, of BoricuActivatEd, a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization that seeks to empower, educate, and encourage civic engagement across the Puerto Rican Diaspora. Jennice retired from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, after 25 years of legislative and political success. She has a demonstrated track record of advancing legislative and political strategies, from inception to legal enactment.
As the long-time Chief of Staff for Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Jennice served as the Congressman’s principal advisor, political strategist and top manager. Jennice advised the Congressman on all issues before the House Financial Services committee, including securities, insurance, banking, housing and the $700 billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, as well as immigration and community issues. Jennice is a proven strategist on political and legislative issues and has spent her career developing relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, building coalitions with Congressional leaders and motivating Democratic and Republican officials to act on legislation. She began her career in Congress with the Office of the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico.
Jennice’s public service work has been recognized by The Imagen Foundation, The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, Fundación Azteca, The John C. Stennis Center for Public Service, The Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, the Embassy of Spain and Fundación Carolina. She is a graduate of Clark University (B.A.) and New York University (M.A.) In 2016, she was chosen to participate in the prestigious Stanford Latino Entrepeneurs Leaders Program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Jennice is multilingual and speaks Spanish, French and Italian fluently and has working knowledge of German and Russian.