Braulio Quintero

Director, Energy Transition, Puerto Rico


Areas of expertise:

Puerto Rico energy policy, water quality monitoring and regulation compliance, resilient food systems


 As EDF’s Director, Energy Transition in Puerto Rico, Braulio Quintero focuses on advocating for a just and effective energy transition to a distributed, renewable energy system for the island. He works with key stakeholders – including communities and government agencies – to develop science-based policies that promote clean, affordable and reliable electric power and that align with the territory’s climate goals.  


Prior to his current role, Braulio worked at the Institute for Socio-Ecological Research, an organization encouraging community-lead stewardship of natural resources, which he founded. He is a trained scientist, with experience in energy systems analysis, water quality monitoring and biogeochemistry. After hurricane María, he has worked on the recovery process of rural communities in the central mountain region.


Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Puerto Rico, 2001

Master of Science, Biology, University of Puerto Rico, 2007

Doctor of Philosophy, Environmental Science, State University of New York, College

Environmental Science and Forestry, 2018


Muñoz Erickson, Tischa A.; Lugo, Ariel E.; Meléndez-Ackerman, Elvia; Santiago

Acevedo, Luis E.; Seguinot-Barbosa, José; Méndez- Lázaro, Pablo; Hall, Myrna; Quintero, Braulio; Ramírez, Alonso; García-Montiel, Diana; Pontius Jr., Robert Gilmore; Ramos-González, Olga M.; Santiago-Bartolomei, Raúl; Verdejo-Ortíz, Julio; Ortíz Zayas, Jorge R.; Concepción, Carmen M.; Cusack, Daniela; Giusti, Juan; McDowell, William; Cruz-Torres, María Luz; Vallejo, Julio; Cray, Lindsay; Zimmerman, Jess; Cuadrado- Landrau, Víctor; and Figueroa, Magaly (2014) "Knowledge to Serve the City: Insights from an Emerging Knowledge-Action Network to Address Vulnerability and Sustainability in San Juan, Puerto Rico," Cities and the Environment (CATE): Vol. 7: Iss. 1, Article 5. Available at http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cate/vol7/iss1/5

Muñoz-Erickson, T. A., A. E. Lugo, and B. Quintero. 2014. Emerging synthesis themes from the study of social-ecological systems of a tropical city. Ecology and Society 19(3): 23. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-06385-190323

See, C.R., Yanai, R.D., Fisk, M.C., Vadeboncoeur, M.A., Quintero, B.A., and Fahey, T.J. 2015. Soil nitrogen affects phosphorus recycling: foliar resorption and plant-soil feedbacks in a northern hardwood forest. Ecology. 96 (9) 2488-2498

Quintero, B. and Rodriguez, C. 2021. Which has Higher Real Effects on an US Unincorporated Territory, The Price of Crude Oil or the Monetary Policy? Evidence From the Case of Puerto Rico. Energy Studies Review. 25 (1). 4621 https://doi.org/10.15173/esr.v25i1.4621