Territorial Relations

The Committee on Territorial Relations offers policymakers a greater understanding of territorial government structure and governance by serving as a conduit to address opportunities in trade, economic development, and various social issues that impact the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The committee provides policymakers with an opportunity for information sharing, collaboration, and improved relations between states and territories in the CSG East region, and is comprised of members in all 18 jurisdictions.

Committee Leadership

Headshot Carmelo J Rios Santiago
Carmelo J. Ríos Santiago
Senator, Puerto Rico
Carmelo J. Ríos Santiago, was born on May 21, 1973, in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He is the eldest son of Don Carmelo Ríos Nazario and Doña Lydia Santiago Estrella. He graduated from Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Florida, where he earned
the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was selected as one of the top ten prospective players in the state of Florida. In 1993 he moved to Bethune Cookman College with a sports scholarship and managed to obtain a bachelor's degree in political science and economics. During his time at Bethune Cookman College, he was selected to the "All Star" Team of Division I of the NCAA in the "Mid Eastern Athletic Conference" in the discipline of "Baseball." In 1995, he joined the Law School of the Pontifical Catholic University where he is part of the "Student Bar Association", was a founding member of the Delta Theta Phi Fraternity of Law and President of the Student Council. He obtained the degree of "Juris Doctor" in 1998. He began his professional career as a legal advisor to the Office of the Commissioner of Municipal Affairs and then litigation director of the State Insurance Fund Corporation. In 2001, he started his own law firm, specialized in Administrative, Civil and Criminal Law. In 1999, he aspires for the first time to a public seat as a candidate for the Municipal Legislature of Guaynabo, being elected as an alternate spokesperson for the parliamentary majority.
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Myron Jackson
Senator, U.S. Virgin Islands
Senator Myron D. Jackson continues in the 33rd Legislature of the Virgin Islands as Chair of the Committee on Culture & Planning, with a strong commitment to be “True to Service.” His 30 plus years of public service personify the
African proverb “Go back and fetch it” but the saying has been a guiding principle in his life long before he formally knew it. A graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School in 1975 and the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1979, Senator Jackson has remained active in civic organizations and in government. Following his graduation from college, Senator Jackson joined the Department of Conservation and Cultural Affairs and was recruited to the Planning Office which later became the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. He has served in a variety of capacities including graphic artist, senior planner, and cultural advisor to Governor Alexander A. Farrelly; director of the Virgin Islands State Historic Preservation Office; and the executive director of the Virgin Islands Cultural Heritage Institute. In the 32nd Legislature, as head of the institution, Senator Jackson organized and hosted the 2017 Virgin Islands Transfer Centennial on the grounds of the Capitol Building. He also spearheaded collaborations with the Smithsonian Institution to include the ongoing USVI Legislative Records Recovery Project to preserve hurricane-damaged historic journals dating back to the 1920s. Last year, his Search of Identity initiative was endorsed as a territorial Centennial Legacy Project and formation of two non-profits to mobilize resources for the revitalization and rehabilitation of two abandoned government owned properties. The old Christiansted Military Barracks on St. Croix is to be converted into a School of Architecture and the J. Antonio Jarvis Elementary School is to be transformed into a cultural corridor to include a National Museum and School of Conservation and the Arts. Over his tenure, he has represented the Legislature at the Smart City Summit & Expo in Taiwan, at Reparations Conferences in Jamaica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and as a member of the Centennial Commission in Denmark. In the 31st and 30th Legislature, Senator Jackson served as the Chair of the Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Youth and Recreation and as a sitting member on several legislative committees. He pledges to continue his work to promote cultural heritage tourism, protect the environment, and meet the unique needs of elders and youth of the Virgin Islands. His work includes successful passage of a Virgin Islands sports policy, legislation to improve the accountability of land tax records in the Territory, and to support opportunities for young people such as baseball and boxing. He has researched and published widely in the area of preservation and has received many community service awards for his commitment and dedication to the people and culture of the Virgin Islands of the United States.
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For more information on the Territorial Relations Committee, please contact staff liaisons

Wendell Hannaford
Email: whannaford@csg.org
direct: 646-383-5710

Debbie-Ann Paige
Email: dpaige@csg.org
direct: 646-383-5753