Jose A. Quiñones is an Attorney and retired United States Coast Guard Commander, who served at Embassies for the Department of State, and numerous tours with the Department of Defense Joint Forces Command. His legal experience centered in areas of homeland/national security, energy, maritime and environmental law. Mr. Quiñones has served as a force readiness/response and operational planning Liaison Officer, integrating and coordinating numerous assets from State, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security (FEMA) and Non-governmental Agencies (NGO’s). He has led numerous responses as a Statutory Federal on Scene Coordinator Representative (FOSCR), man-aging allocated responsibilities with relief resources for a variety of natural and man-made disasters. His career awards include two (2) Defense Meritorious Service Medals, a USCG Meritorious Service Medal, two (2) Joint Service Commendation Medals, two (2) USCG Commendation Medals, USCG achievement Medals, National Defense Medals, and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, along with various meritorious team and unit awards. He is a U.S. NORTHCOM “plank holder”, managing their integration to Federal/State/Municipal stakeholders.
Previously, Mr. Quiñones held a variety of leadership positions; including, Director of Auxiliary for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Seventh District, Diplomat and Military Attaché to the U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and the Greater Caribbean. As the Chief of Maritime Contingency Planning, Force Readiness and Incident Management Response Team at the USCG San Juan, PR Sector, Commander Quiñones was responsible for developing and implementing strategic response plans related to maritime security, port security grants, training exercises, mass rescue operations, and response to terrorist attacks, pollution, catastrophic disasters, and HAZMAT releases. He also managed the operational readiness of U.S. Coast Guard Cutters, and other response assets, providing maritime security, count-er narcotics and immigration Operational responses within the Greater Caribbean.
As the Senior Investigating Officer for the USCG Marine Safety Office San Juan, P.R., Commander Quiñones conducted numerous high-profile maritime casualty (Deaths/Groundings/Collisions) investigations, including personnel actions following white-collar crimes (fraud). Commander Quiñones also worked as a Marine Vessel Inspector. He served as coordinator to develop a prosecution team with foreign legal assets, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice, resulting in prosecution of numerous Human Smugglers/Traffickers.
As the Chief of Waterfront Facilities and Waterways Management at the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Miami, FL, Commander Quiñones coordinated multi-agency strike force operations and supervised various security and inspection teams dealing with oil, refineries, nuclear waterfront facilities, controlled cargoes and explosives.
Commander Quiñones graduated Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, with a B.S. in Biology. He completed a Juris Doctor degree at the Interamerican University School of Law. He holds a Certification in Health Law from the NSU Shepard Broad Law Center and is admitted to practice law before the Puerto Rico District, Appellate and Supreme Courts; the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He also has served as pro bono legal counsel with environmental, immigrations and health law matters. José A. Quiñones is already at his new desk at PHA with a lot of enthusiasm and good energy to serve his community as the new PHA Executive Director. “I believe in transparency and my door is open to any homeowner who would like to talk to me about anything that will make our community head forward, with innovation and development ideas, most important maintaining a secure and safe environment for our families”, he stated.