Peter Fontanes has been involved in the real estate, building construction, telecommunications and information technology industries for over 20 years. He is the founder of The Fontanes Group, which brings together numerous enterprises he owns, including The Fontanes Development and Construction Group, the RENOVIT Construction Group, Contractors Clearinghouse, Paylexx Telecommunications, Su Casa Funding, and WOIP TV.
Peter graduated from the University of Chicago and attended Antioch Law School in Washington DC. He has held leadership positions on the boards of the New York Building Congress, the National Hispanic Construction Association, the Puerto Rico Empire State Trade Association, the New York Association of Hispanics in Real Estate and Construction the New York City School Construction Authority Advisory Board, the New York City Housing Authority Small Business Advisory Council and the Mayor’s Task Force on Minority Businesses, in addition to numerous other charitable organizations. He also served on the White House Conference on Youth and was a trustee for the continuing Education Division of the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
He was appointed by President Richard Nixon to represent the United States on an American Lecturer Tour sponsored by the United States Information Service and the Department of State to visit 22 different countries to speak to numerous audiences from Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
He was elected as a Democratic Party District Leader in Washington Heights, Was a delegate to the Democratic Party Midterm Conference during the Carter Administration and was the Vice Chair of the New York County Democratic Committee.
Recently, Mr. Fontanes also served on the State and National Boards of the League of United Latino American Citizens
Mr. Fontanes is known for his strong advocacy of progressive causes and the development of Minority Owned Enterprises opportunities. He is also active in the struggle to get Puerto Rico to be accepted as the next state of the Union by Congress.
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