I am new to genealogy and want to learn as much as possible about the field and my family history. I am really enjoying WikiTree and hope to be a great contributor. I have personally adopted my complete Puerto Rican name, Felipe Luis Vélez Viera Gómez, to fully honor my ancestors. Feel free to just call me Phil.
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Phillip Luis Vélez is a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent who was born in 1967 in East New York, Brooklyn.
Phil's mother, Lydia Gómez Ruiz, was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in 1949. Phil's father, Ferdinand Vélez Padilla, was born in San German, Puerto Rico in 1948. Phil was raised by his step-father, Angel Luis Viera Carmona, who was born in 1948 and whose family is from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
Early on in his life, Phil's family lived briefly in Spanish Harlem, then moved back to Brooklyn before settling for some time in the Bronx, NY. Phil attended public school in Brooklyn and the Bronx and graduated in 1985 from Murry Bergtraum High School in Lower Manhattan.
In 1991, Phillip L. Vélez graduated from SUNY New Paltz then worked as an editorial assistant, temporary reporter, and researcher at the Associated Press from 1993 through 1999.
Phil then attended graduate school at Baruch College of CUNY, earning a master's degree in corporate communication in 2004.
From 2004 to 2009, Phil was employed at Columbia University where he held the positions of communication and insurance specialist within the health services division of the educational institution.
Between 2010 and 2020, Phil formed his own communication consulting firm, worked for an IT company, a community college, a management consulting firm, and a restaurant hospitality group. During this time, Phil also wrote/blogged about politics and Puerto Rico, and researched and self-published the history book of the Delphic Fraternity.
Phil's interest in genealogy began in 2018 but gained great momentum in 2020. He is enjoying learning as much as possible about his family history and looks forward to making genealogy a lifelong hobby.
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