Felix Vazquez-Guemarez is a graduate from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. He also holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Physics from the University of Puerto Rico.
In 2012, he participated in the Minority Educational Student Partnership Program Internship where he worked on environmental justice and diversity and inclusion issues. He used his time at the Department of Energy to network and have conversations with attorneys, which helped him decide he wanted to attend law school. As a result of his networking and hard work, he participated on the MEISPP internship multiple summers at DOE's Office of the General Counsel where he worked with environmental law issues.
In 2015, he attended the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where he completed a postgraduate degree in International and European Union Law and interned virtually this year with the Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
In 2017, Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico. This was one of the worst hurricanes that have ever passed through Puerto Rico. He was a recent graduate from the University of Puerto Rico Law School, studying for the bar exam. Unfortunately, this hurricane took the lives of thousands and knocked down the island’s electricity grid for months; his home was without electricity for 5 months. In 2018, he participated in the EERE Science, Technology, and Policy Fellowship position with Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) in the Weatherization Assistance Program, where he was able to provide direct technical assistance to Puerto Ricans on the island still without electricity a year after the hurricane, and support staff with their mission on reducing energy burden of low income communities, while ensuring their health and safety. In 2020, he was hired by the Weatherization Assistance Program where currently he is an Energy Technical Specialist and Policy Adviser.
While working, he has studied tirelessly for the District of Columbia bar exam, no easy feat as all his classes back home were in Spanish, and the legal lingo itself was very different. After multiple attempts and delays due to Covid-19, in 2021, he passed the DC bar exam and was admitted to practice law in the District.