Rafel Cortés Dapena is a graduate of Wharton School University of Pennsylvania and possesses a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico. Subsequently, he obtained a masters degree from the University of New York.
Since 1970 he joined the law firm Fiddler, González & Rodriguez, based in Puerto Rico, where he was a distinguished partner and in which he led the Corporate Group. He also served as an officer in the United Stated Armed Forces.
Cortés Dapena has been president of the Fundación Ángel Ramos since 2009. In addition, he sits as a member of the Board of Directors of several local companies and non-profit entities. He is married to Mrs. Marisita González and has three children.