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Board of Trustees

José A. Fuentes Agostini

Chairman, Operation Sail, Inc.

Fuente is currently the chairman of Eastport Strategies LLC, a government consulting, business development, and public affairs firm. Fuentes served as Attorney General of Puerto Rico.  During his tenure he was the chairman of the Puerto Rico-US Virgin Islands High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Executive Committee. 

He was president of the Puerto Rico Sailing Federation for six years, Commodore of the Puerto Rico Yacht Club, and principal director of one of the premier Caribbean sailing events for 11 years. Fuentes was president of the Puerto Rico Optimist Dingy Association. He was a Silver Medalist for the J/24 sailing class in the Central-American Games in Mexico and organizer of the Pan-American/Central-American Games sailing events in Puerto Rico.  In addition, Fuentes sailed from Spain to Puerto Rico as Captain of his crew during the 1992 Transatlantic Christopher Columbus Regatta and helped coordinate the regatta events in Puerto Rico. Fuentes served as director of OpSail 2000 in Puerto Rico.  Recently he has served as Fleet Captain for the Annapolis Yacht Club Etchells Fleet 28. 

He holds a degree in business from the University of Tampa and a law degree from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law. 

Fuentes has been an OpSail board member for 10 years and its chairman for the last five. He is very active in the sailboat racing scene and presently lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

Christopher J. Dodd

The Honorable Christopher J. Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, served as a senior Democratic leader in the United States Senate from 1980 to 2010 representing the state of Connecticut. A respected legislator who worked in a bipartisan fashion to better peoples' lives, Chris Dodd is known for his work to make America safer, stronger, and more prosperous. Following his graduation from Providence College, Dodd, who is fluent in Spanish, spent two years in the Peace Corps working in a rural village in the Dominican Republic. Upon returning to the United States, he enlisted in the Army National Guard and later served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

In 1972, he earned a law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law. He practiced law in New London before his election to Congress in 1974, where he served three terms in the House of Representatives on behalf of Connecticut's Second District. Dodd was elected to the Senate in 1980 and is now the longest-serving Senator in Connecticut's history. Dodd's contacts among the chiefs of naval operations throughout South America, as well as his command of the Spanish language, were vital in arranging the participation of South America's tall ships in OpSail 2000. Dodd lives in East Haddam with his wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, and their two daughters, Grace and Christina.

Board of Trustees

Charles A. Robertson, Chairman Emeritus
Jose A. Fuentes, Esq., Chairman
Melissa B. Hubner, Vice Chairman and Secretary
Robert A. LaBanca, Treasurer

U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd
Jose A. Fuentes, Esq.*
Melissa B. Hubner*
Robert L. James*
Gary Jobson
Robert A. LaBanca*
RADM Richard Larrabee USCG (Ret.)
ADM Robert J. Natter USN (Ret.)
Urban Miyares
Charles A. Robertson*
Alma Viator*

William H. Whte

* Executive Committee