The Consulting Lead Inc.
Leading the way to think and shape the future
Gloria Fernandez, MA, CRA
President and Principal
Gloria is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) with over 20 years of experience in management and grant management, sponsored programs, and research administration.
Before founding TCL, she spent many years as an independent consultant serving non-profits and government entities. Gloria served as a FEMA Grants Management Specialist for Public Assistance. In 2009, as a contracted consultant she worked for CSA Group Inc. in the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for the Department of Education and the Puerto Rico Infrastructure Investment Authority (AFI).
She was Assistant Vice President of Sponsored Programs at the Ana G. Méndez University (UAGM), Director of Sponsored Programs at the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.
Gloria holds a Master of International Politics and Development from the University of Leeds, UK, and a BA in Biology with a concentration in Environmental and Natural Resources from Kansas State University. Gloria currently pursues a Master of Science in Research Administration from Johns Hopkins University.
Gloria serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Fundación Asistencia al Centro de Trauma Inc. (FACT)
Jeffrey Quiñones Diaz, MS, JD
Jeff is a public affairs/strategic communications professional with over 25 years experience in academic as well as the public and private sectors. He has held various positions in various spheres of public affairs at the municipal, state and federal levels. In his tenure with the federal government handled media relations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Jeff served as Executive Director of the Office of Public Security Affairs where he managed a grant portfolio of $25 million for municipal governments in the island.
He holds a Juris Doctor from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, a Master's Degree in Communication Sciences from Illinois State University and a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. He has been a lecturer in Public Relations, Communications and Security at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, the Inter-American University in Ponce, the Metropolitan University, and the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan.