Iris Fagundo Cole is a strategic and bi-lingual leader with an international profile and 18 years of experience working as an executive and consultant in both the public and private sectors.
Ms. Cole specializes in the design and management of large-scale, multi-disciplinary projects, which combine her experience in the areas of start-up, strategic planning, risk management, marketing, corporate responsibility and sustainability. Her experience working in a variety of industries/sectors including government, energy, development/construction, sugar industry, environmental, transportation, pharmaceutical, education and the arts, among others, highlights cross-sector best practices and helps drive strategic results for her clients.
In 2005, Ms. Cole cofounded FEF Group, Inc., a design and project management firm with a focus on sustainable development, and in 2010 SEquilibre, Inc. (SHE RAISES THE BAR), one of the only companies in the Caribbean solely focused on Sustainable Enterprise and Corporate Social Responsibility. Through these companies, she has managed large scale projects for the government of Puerto Rico including a $43M infrastructure investment in over 450 public schools, a reallocation program for 1200+ residents living in flood zones, feasibility studies for the first wind farms to be constructed on the island, and infrastructure related to the Central American and Caribbean Games, among others. She has provided services to the PR Authority for the Financing of Infrastructure, PR Housing Finance Authority, PR Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, PR Highway and Transportation Authority, Department of Sports and Recreation and various municipalities across the island. In addition, FEF Group and SHE RAISES THE BAR provide services to private clients in the Caribbean, Latin America and the US.
In 2017, Iris launched the social enterprise Do Good Artist, an innovative company creating social impact through multi-sector collaborations between the arts and other industries. Do Good Artist and its network of strategic partners are focused on sustainability, innovation through multi-sector collaboration, inclusive economic development and creative industries’ role in creating social change.
Iris holds a Bachelor's degree in Flute Performance and a Master's degree in Wind Conducting from Louisiana State University, and a Professional Certificate in Music Business (Creative Entrepreneurship) from Berklee College of Music. Her background and passion for the arts has made her a strong advocate for the arts and how the arts can impact our world.