Assistance with the recovery in Puerto Rico

PCI is engaged in Puerto Rico to discover and support local efforts leveraging the Internet for recovery, following on the efforts of Mel Cordova to bring attention and resources to the islands. PCI team members have been on the ground several times in the past few months, talking with people in the community, nonprofit, government business leaders academic sectors. PCI will continue to highlight opportunities for its international network to contribute time, insight, and resources to assist the people of Puerto Rico with their resiliency activities.

Melvin Cordova

Melvin Cordova heads Zeus Direct which develops mission critical solutions and capabilities for high stakes environments by accelerating high speed processes for transitioning robust capabilities to operational use, synthesizes unique capabilities in response to client factors and input and delivers critical capabilities to decision makers. before they become available to adversaries. He is the former Director of Innovation for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) who directed investment in more than 100 innovations for the In-Q-Tel Program (CIA’s Venture Capital arm).

Marci Harris

Marci Harris is co-founder and CEO of POPVOX  an online platform for legislative information, civic engagement, and tools for policymakers. A former Congressional staffer and lawyer, Marci says that her “first startup was a town,” as she led Jackson, TN’s rebuilding efforts following a 2003 tornado. In 2018, she led PCI’s  efforts on “Digital Puerto Rico” policy recommendations for the island’s Recovery Plan. She was named a 2012 Fast Company Top 100 Most Creative People in Business, was an inaugural Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center, and a New America California fellow. In addition to PCI and POPVOX, she serves on the boards of LaunchTN and Survature, Inc.

Linton Wells II

Lin focuses on the links between policy, technology and decision-making, especially in community resilience and cybersecurity. He has extensive civilian government leadership experience in national security affairs, including service as acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration and Department of Defense Chief Information Officer. Other executive positions have been related to Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C41) and civil-military relations. From 2010 to 2014 he led the Center for Technology and National Security Policy, a research center at the U.S. National Defense University, where he taught courses on “wicked problems” and complex decision-making and emphasized multi-disciplinary approaches such as the STAR-TIDES network (www.star-tides.net) on sharing sustainable solutions. He also was a career naval officer and completed 51 years with DoD. He is the President and CEO of Global Resilience Strategies and Executive Advisor to the C4I and Cyber Center at George Mason University, as well as at its Community Resilience Laboratory.