Prats, Rita

Rita Prats-Rodríguez

East Harlem Council for Human Service Inc. Bilingual Head Start
Executive Director

  • Provide direction and leadership for all components. Plan, formulate, coordinate and implement the Program for 314
  • Responsible for the day-to day administrative supervision functions of the program five components
  • Develops policies and operating procedures based on federal, state and city guidelines
  • Coordinates efforts to ensure that the program meets funding Operating budget of $3.5 millions and serve 314 children & families
  • Prepares grant applications. Fund raising
  • Develops systems and procedures to assure implementation of program coordination
  • Directs development and implementation of the fiscal component

Academic Experience

Hostos Community College, The City University of New York
Instructor/Lecturer/Humanities Department
Courses and Other Educational Activities:

  • Latin American, Caribbean &Puerto Rican History, Caribbean & Puerto Rican Culture, African Experience, Puerto Rican Visual Arts History Caribbean & Puerto Rican Folklore, Art & Civilization, Introduction Humanities
  • Educational field trips
  • Student Advisor
  • Curriculum development

Instructional Technology Coordinator

  • Responsible for the day-to day administrative functions for the instructional technology program
  • Coordination of all college policies and procedures for instructional technology curricular enhancement
  • Implementation of College effort to develop Computer Assisted Instruction Courses
  • Chairing campus committee on the development of long-range plans for academic computing & Learning Resource Center, incorporating faculty, students and staff
  • Coordination and schedule of faculty computer basic skills training workshops for Macintosh and PC platform. Introduction to Basic Mac, HyperCard, ToolBook, Presentation Programs, CD- ROM, Authoring

College Discovery Director Interim

  • Responsible for the day-to day administrative functions for the program
New York City Technology, CUNY

Instructor /Puerto Rican Studies Department

(1997- 2002)
Lehman College, Hunter College The City University of New York

Fordham University

(1983- 1992)

Instructor/ Puerto Rican Studies Department

Courses and Other Educational Activities:

  • History & Culture of Puerto Rico, Bilingual Studies, Natural Science and Social Sciences Core Courses
  • Field Trips
  • Student Advisor

United Bronx Parent, South Bronx
Instructor and Facilitator

  • Classes and workshops about Puerto Rican history, culture and society

Aspira of New York, Bronx, N.Y.
Educational Counselor

  • Responsible for the day-to day administrative functions for the health career program
  • Financial Aid Counseling
  • Designed and implemented educational activities; workshops, field trips
  • Coordinated and supervised educational activities
  • Overall supervision of educational activities at four High Schools
  • Organized workshop and conferences on academic and financial issues
  • Established links with institutions and agencies throughout New York City including funding resources

Interamerican University, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Instructor/ Department of Geography
Courses and duties:

  • Cultural, Physical and Puerto Rican Geography courses
  • Physical Geography Laboratory classes
  • Student advisor
  • Educational Field Trips

Development Alternative for Relevant Education for Adult, Llorens Torres,San Juan, Puerto Rico
Educational Facilitator

Escuela de Desarrollo Creativo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Teacher & Collective Member

  • Geography & environmental science pre-school and elementary teacher
  • Administrative and fiscal duties responsibilities
  • Curriculum development for non-traditional educational setting
  • Organization and implementation of students extracurricular activities
  • Educational Field trips

Resource Center for Third World Countries Barcelona, Spain
Research Librarian

Colegio San José Obrero, Barcelona, Spain
English Teacher

Related Professional Experience

Hot Bread Kitchen

Community Advisory Board Member

VIP Violence Intervention Program, Inc.

Board Member, Chairperson


Member: New York City Head Start Commissioner Search Committee.
Appointed by Ajay Chadry, ACS Assistant Commissioner, New York City
April 2006)

East Harlem Council for Human Services Inc.
Board Member, Chairperson

University Research Corp., Bethesda, MD
Consultant Coordination & Implementation of Focus Groups

Instructional Technology and Bilingual Ed Consultant
IF.MC.CA.DI, Bronx, NY
Coordinator of a Two day Conference at Lehman College, CUNY

Association of Hispanic Arts, NYC
Special Events Consultant

  • Coordination and implementation of exhibitions, concert, theater presentations and artistic fair in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Bronx
  • Coordination of Art and Crafts Fair at Bennett Park, Brooklyn
School of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico

Research Methods Facilitator

·        Coordination and implementation of field-work

·        Supervision and monitor students progress

summer classes (1978-1980)
Legal Aid of Puerto Rico

Researcher & Field Work in Vieques Island

  • Organized, Implemented and distributed population sample survey
  • Collected and Analyzed data

Congreso Boricua, Trenton, N.J.

  • Designed instrument for research on urban needs in Old Trenton, NJ

Conference and Lectures Presentations

Numerous presentations on instructional technologies, geographical, historical, environmental and pre- school education topics to organizations and institutions such as:

Babson College, Boston

Bonita Radio with Carmen Enid Acevedo

Head Start Region II Association Annual Conference, Nutrition; Stay Healthy, Sagamore, NY National Head Start Association Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas

Costa A Costa National TV Show- with Malin Falu Marymount College

Hostos Community College, CUNY V.I.P.Community Services, Bronx. Fordham University, PR Student Assoc. Rutger University, Douglas College Puerto Rican Junior College

Universidad Interamericana, Metropolitan Campus

WKAQ & WADO Radio Talk show: Importance of Geography with Malin Falu Eastern Business Education Association Convention

United Bronx Parenthood Lehman College,CUNY

Boriken Neighborhood Health Clinic P.R.A.C.A.

Bronx Voter Registration Project

Catalan Institute of Hispanic Culture, Barcelona, Spain Promesa Inc.

Languages        Spanish, English, Catalonian

Computer Skills PC & Mac

Microsoft Office, Internet Research, Power Point, Multimedia Design

Memberships and Affiliations

Puerto Rican Studies Association American Geographer Association Latin American Studies Association Region II Head Start Association National Head Start Association

New York State Head Start Association UCLA Anderson School of Management

Fellowships and Awards

2010 The Helen Taylor Award for Management Excellence by UCLA Anderson School of Management & Johnson & Johnson

2009- I Can Stay Healthy National Project Training Fellowship – Central Missouri Community Action

2007 UCLA, Anderson School of Management and Johnson & Johnson Fellow 1973-75 Fonalledas Scholarship, San Juan Puerto Rico

1974-78 Instituto Iberoamericano Fellowship, Barcelona, Spain


Photographer, guitar player


2007                             Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program

Anderson School of Management, at UCLA

1999                             Health Care Administration Certificate, HCA

New York University, New York City

1993-95                        HyperCard and and ToolBook Authoring, workshops

La Guardia Community and City College

CUNY and Apple Consortium

1991                             Earth and Environmental Science Dept.

Graduate Center ,CUNY NYC, PhD courses

1981                             Computer Assisted Instruction Training

Science and Engineer Center

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

1976-78                        Studies towards Ph.D. in Urban Studies

Universidad de Barcelona, Spain

1976                             Master of Arts in Geography, & Philosophy

Universidad de Barcelona, Spain

1973                             Bachelors of Arts, Geography Minor: Economy. Cum Laude

Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, P.R.