Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Salvador Gómez-Colón is a firm believer that his young age will not limit the positive impact that he can have on the world. He shares a vision of hope for a more sustainable, cohesive, and inclusive future where young people have a seat at the table.
When Hurricane María devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, Gómez-Colón created the "Light and Hope for Puerto Rico" campaign, which distributed solar-powered lamps and hand-powered washing machines to over 3,500 underserved families around the island. He ended up raising nearly $200,000. Since then he has led several other disaster-relief missions, including to The Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian in 2019, as well as in Puerto Rico after the devastating earthquakes of 2020.
In September 2018 he was the keynote speaker of Solar Power International held in Anaheim, CA, delivering a message on the importance of fostering youth resilience after natural disasters and catastrophes. In January 2020, Gómez-Colón spoke at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
He has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens of 2017,” and has received the "President's Environmental Youth Award,” the "Diana Award,” and the Straubel Foundation’s “Impact Leader Award'' for his socio-humanitarian work. Gómez-Colón is also a part of Marvel's Hero Project, a docu series that highlights the work of real-life superheroes who are creating a positive impact on the world.