The Consulting Lead is a boutique management-consulting firm with a multicultural and multidisciplinary approach to resolving systemic problems and challenges.   The Consulting Lead aspires to adapt to the changing global landscape by matching the services that our clients need to achieve sustainable goals. 




The Consulting Lead will serve as a catalyst and conduit for knowledge-based and innovation centered endeavors in critical areas within Puerto Rico in the short term and globally in the long term.




The Consulting Lead seeks to support, advocate and foster the creative endeavors of researchers, educators and innovators in diverse fields within the public and private spheres.  



Gloria Fernandez Estebanez, CRA

Principal and President


Gloria has over 20 years of experience in management and grant management, sponsored programs and research administration.  Since 2005 she had an independent consulting practice serving various clients at the government, NGO and private sectors.  She started The Consulting Lead as a means to diversify her consulting practice and introduce new partners.


Gloria served during the Hurricane Maria recovery as a FEMA Grants Management Specialist for Public Assistance.  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 Infrastructure Investment Authority (AFI).


She served as Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs at the Ana G. Mendez University and as Director for Sponsored Programs and Research at the Graduate Deanship of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. She also served as Director of the Caribbean Environmental Information Center (CIAC - Centro de Informacion Ambiental del Caribe) at Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan.  




Certified Research Administrator (CRA), granted by the Research Administrators Certification Council

Johns Hopkins University, Master of Arts in Research Administration (In Progress) 

Kansas State University, Bachelor of Science, Biology/ Environmental Science   

The University of Leeds, (UK), Master of Arts in the  Politics of International Resources and Development

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Certificate in Environmental Regulations and Permits 




Collaborators and Advisors


Jeffrey Quiñones Diaz, M.S., J.D.

Partner and Resident Agent


Jeff is a public affairs/strategic communications professional with over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors.  He has held various positions in various spheres of public affairs at the municipal, state and federal levels.  During his tenure with the federal government handled media relations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Jeff served as Deputy Director of the Office of Public Security Affairs, under the Office of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, where he managed a grant portfolio of $25 million for municipal governments in the island.  Served as Director of Economic Development and Housing, and Special Assistant to the Mayor of the Municipal Government of Carolina. He writes grants for The Consulting Lead Inc.


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 Ana G. Mendez University, and the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan.


Jeffrey has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, and a Master of Science in Communications from Illinois State University, and a Juris Doctor from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.  He completed in October 2014 the Joint Expeditionary Public Affairs Course at the Defense Information School (DINFOS).


He started the Non-Profit Leadership Certificate program at the Harvard University Kennedy School.  



Miguel E. Orta Rosado

Business and Forensic Economist


Miguel is a seasoned economist with government and private sector experience.  He served as Manager of Planning and Performance for Telefonica Empresas, a subsidiary of the Spanish telecommunications conglomerate, and Director of Management and Budget for the Municipal Government of Carolina, Puerto Rico.  He also served as Operations Auditor for Advanced Management Service Group and Marketing Advisor for Franchise Development for the Minority Business Development Administration (MBDA).  Since 2009, he ventured into business analysis and financial risk consulting practice serving various local and international clients.  


Mr. Orta brings solid experience in areas such as Forensic Economics for Tort and Contractual claims, the development of Standard Operating Procedures, Business Financial models, Strategic Planning with Balance Scorecard, Logic Models for Special funds in Municipal projects, Feasibility Studies for capital investment, Competitive Intelligence, and the application of ABC Methods to create costs centers, quality standards, customer satisfaction, public administration and regulatory compliance.   


He has been a lecturer at the Ana G. Mendez University Teaching Business Administration courses such as Corporate Finance, Managerial Economics, and Inferential Statistics.


Miguel has an Associates Degree in Business from the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce; a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce; and a Master in Financial Economics from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. 


Paul Perez Barroso



Paul Perez Barroso retired from the United States Army after 20 years of service and is a veteran of Operation Just Cause, and Operations Desert Shield/Storm. Paul has more than 27 years of experience in devising strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals and priorities. He has been part of senior leadership, and accountable for the outcomes of several public and private agency programs and initiatives. As a member of the Federal Government Senior Executive Service, Paul served as the Division Director of the Division of Administrative Services at the National Science Foundation where he received the Directors Award for Collaborative Integration and the Directors Commendation for Dedicated Service – Visionary Leadership. Paul led complex administrative operations in areas including budget preparation and management, information technology services, logistics, human capital, contracts and procurement, governance and policy formation, and evaluating and building infrastructure. Paul also has in-depth government experience working with the federal budget process and life cycle and the federal procurement process and has played a major role in the strategic and emergency management strategy for business and continuity of operations planning. Paul’s previous assignments within the federal government include Protection Security Advisor, Department of Homeland Security, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Director of Personnel Security and Access Control, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD and Director, Division of Administrative Services, The Export-Import Bank of the United States, Washington DC.


Paul holds a B.A. from Excelsior College and completed the Key Executive Program at American University and the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executive Fellows Program. Paul is a former Board Certified Protection Professional with ASIS International. He holds a myriad of training certificates that have supplemented his knowledge base and is a certified contracting officer representative in procurement negotiations. Paul was a member of the Union-Management Relations Board at the National Science Foundation. 




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