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Pilar M. Torres

Pilar Torres

Born in Puerto Rico, Ms. Torres holds a Bachelor in business administration with a major in accounting from the University of Puerto Rico. She has also completed her graduate studies in the same field.

Ms. Torres currently serves as the director of programs for the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF), where she oversees the foundation's grants and awards programs. She has been part of the PAHEF team since 2005, initially as the grants and finance coordinator. In this role, she provided significant contributions and support to these two key areas which led to the position of grants administrator where she successfully implemented the Small Grants Program. In this role, she effectively standardized procedures the Foundation’s granting function with current regulations, industry trends, and internal policies.

Prior to joining PAHEF, Pilar worked at the investment broker firm Drexel, Burnham, Lambert PR, as an intern and later as an accountant in the institutional operations department. She went on to work at Johnson & Johnson in Puerto Rico as a payroll accountant, where she managed payroll and related benefits for over 200 employees in the executive, manufacturing, and administrative areas. She was later promoted to senior accountant where she was responsible for the company's intercompany activities with its affiliates, administration of fixed assets, expatriate program, insurance program, and internal financial statements. Her leadership initiatives in the workplace and community involvement through corporate committees won her an invitation by its director to belong to the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions Committee.

A Sample of Recent PAHEF Projects in the Region