Born and raised in Puerto Rico, attorney Zoraida Fonalledas is the National Committeewoman of the Republican Party of Puerto Rico. She has held this position since 1996.
Throughout all these years, Zori has been the backbone of the Republican Party of Puerto Rico, dedicating her energy and enthusiasm to increase its grassroots: coordinating fundraising events and actively participating in local and stateside Republican activities, especially in Florida and Washington DC.
All through her political career she has been inspired by her grandfather, Rafael Martinez Nadal, one of Puerto Rico’s foremost leaders in the Republican Party. She inherited his fierce and determined spirit to promote statehood, equal rights and traditional Republican values to both the residents of Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Ricans living in the mainland.
Fonalledas is married to Jaime Fonalledas. They have four children.
She is currently the elected Republican National Committeewoman for Puerto Rico and was the Chairwoman of the Mitt Romney campaign in Puerto Rico. She has been a member of the Budget Committee, Rules Committee, and the Committee on Arrangements of the Republican National Committee. She also was the Chairwoman of the Committee on Permanent Organization in the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
After the 2012 National election cycle she was appointed by Chairman Reince Priebus as one of the five Co-Chairs of the Growth & Opportunity Project Commission of the Republican National Committee. Mrs. Fonalledas currently serves in an Advisory Committee for the Chairman National Republican Committee.
She was designated by President George W. Bush to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. She has also been a member of the Board of Trustees, Ana G. Méndez University System in Puerto Rico and a member of the International Institute for People with Disabilities of Puerto Rico. She is also a member of the following Catholic Orders: Pro Iglesia appointed by His Holyness John Paul, the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Order of Malta.
She is married to a prominent business leader in Puerto Rico, Jaime Fonalledas and is mother of seven children and proudly grandmother to four boys and three baby girls.