Sila María Calderón Biography

Governor (1942–)
Puerto Rican politician and businesswoman Sila María Calderón is best known for becoming the first female governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 2001, serving until 2005.


Sila María Calderón is a Puerto Rican politician and businesswoman. Born into a well-off, politically involved family, Calderón attended Manhattanville College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Soon after, she received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Puerto Rico. First serving as an executive assistant in the administration of Governor Rafael Hernandez Colon, she was soon appointed to chief of staff. She later served as both secretary of the interior and secretary of state. In 1996, Calderón was elected mayor of San Juan. In 2001, she became the seventh governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the first woman to hold that position.

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