Washington, DC— The Dominican American National Roundtable, the only Washington, DC based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization advocating for the socio economic and political advancement of Dominicans residing in USA; and the National Dominican American Council, congratulate all Dominicans who won elected office across the United States on November 8, 2016. So far, the number of Dominicans elected on November 8, 2016 makes a list of over 15 new elected officials around the United States, including Puerto Rico.
Join us in congratulating:
Mr. Adriano Espaillat, elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (NY Congressional District 13)
Mr. Franklin Garcia, reelected U.S. Representative (Shadow) District of Columbia
Ms. Marisol Alcantara, elected to the NYS Senate (District 31 in Manhattan)
Ms. Carmen De La Rosa, elected to the NYS Assembly (District 72 in Manhattan)
Jelmin Caba, Elected to the City Council, Perth Amboy, NJ
Claribel Martinez-Marmolejos, reelected to Legislature, San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is currently President of The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR).
Camille Garcia Villefane, elected to Legislature, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Jimmy Zorrilla, reelected to Legislature, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ana Quezada, Senator, Providence, Rhode Island
Grace Diaz, Representative, Providence, Rhode Island
Sabina Matos, Councilwoman, Providence, Rhode Island
Carmen Castillo, Councilwoman, Providence, Rhode Island
Flavio Rivera, elected Commissioner of the Board of Education, Paterson, NJ.
Luis Felipe Fernandez, elected Commissioner of the Board of Education, Jersey City, NJ
Daisy Baez, elected Assemblywoman, Miami, Florida. She is currently Vice President of The Dominican American National Roundtable representing FL
Juana Matias, Elected State Representative, MA
Joel IA Santana, Councilman, Harvestraw, NY
Please submit information about Dominicans elected to public office around The United States of America on November 8th, 2016: Send information via e-mail via firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT CARMEN DE LA ROSA
Carmen De La Rosa is a young mother of a daughter entering pre-school, a career public servant and a resident of northern Manhattan deeply committed to serving her community. She was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the Inwood section of New York City as a child. She attended elementary and middle school at St. Jude’s School, before going to High School at Mother Cabrini on Fort Washington Avenue. She was proudly the first person in her family to attend college, graduating from Fordham University with a degree in Political Science and a certification in Peace and Justice studies. After rising through the ranks in state and local elected officials, Carmen was appointed Chief of Staff to Council Member Rodriguez in 2014, representing the communities of Inwood, Washington Heights and Marble Hill. In this capacity, Carmen managed the daily operations, strategy and focus of both the Legislative and Community Offices. She played an instrumental role in the passage of nearly a dozen bills related to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, among other notable legislative accomplishments. In managing the office’s discretionary budget, she worked to support countless neighborhood institutions, from senior centers, to after school programs, to social service providers, ensuring local non-profits received crucial funding.
Carmen has gained a firm understanding of the true needs of the uptown community and how to address them, through legislative action; smart, progressive budgeting; fierce advocacy; and community organizing. Carmen has taken a laser focus to serving the high needs of lower-income and disadvantaged communities. In 2007, she began working for the NYS Assembly where her passion for government and politics was sparked. Working with communities on the Upper West Side to improve senior care, fight co-locations in local schools and preserve affordable housing. It was here she learned the functions of a state Assembly office. As a lifelong activist, Carmen is passionate about using government as a tool for social change and a vehicle to empower and support communities. In September 2015, Carmen successfully ran and was elected as a Democratic District Leader for the 72nd Assembly District. This past May, Carmen completed the Coro Leadership Institute- New York. She is a candidate for the New York State Assembly 72nd District. A lifelong resident of Inwood, Carmen resides on the same street she was raised, with her fiance Jose and two-year- old daughter, Mia.
ABOUT MARISOL ALCANTARA
For more than 20 years, Marisol has fought injustice with principle and passion.
Marisol Alcantara is a longtime labor organizer, community organizer, and activist who has devoted her life to empowering low income communities, women, workers, and immigrant New Yorkers. Since coming to the United States at the age of 12, she has seen firsthand the problems facing our community, from underfunded schools and public services, to insufficient protections for workers and immigrants, to a healthcare system that leaves so many behind.
Marisol believes that every child and family should have equitable access to a high quality public education, affordable housing, and quality healthcare. In Marisol’s 20 years’ of experience, she has been a fierce advocate for labor and working communities. In Albany, Marisol will fight both for the robust social safety net that people in the 31st State Senate district deserve and for an end to the system of patronage and corruption that skews policy in favor of monied interests.
Marisol is a graduate from Manhattan College, where she earned an B.A. in Government and Politics. Next, she earned a Masters in Labor Relations from the CUNY Murphy Institute of Labor. She then went on to be a Coro fellow, which allowed her to work at the New York Immigration Coalition and become a Graduate of the New Americans Leadership Institute. Afterwards, Marisol began her career in labor as a union organizer for SEIU 32 BJ in New Jersey for 8 years. There, she coordinated SEIU’s Latino outreach efforts in 2008. Today, Marisol continues to fight for the working class and serves as an organizer for the New York State Nurses Association.
ABOUT ADRIANO ESPAILLAT
Mr. Adriano Espaillat was elected to the New York Senate in November 2010, where he represented the 31st district. This uniquely diverse and dynamic district stretches from Manhattan’s Upper West Side through Washington Heights and includes Riverdale, Marble Hill, and Hamilton Heights.
In 2000, Mr. Espaillat was elected as the Second President of The Dominican American National Roundtable at the third national conference held in New York City.
In 1997, Mr. Espaillat joined over 200 leaders to organize the launching of The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR).
In 1996, Mr. Espaillat was elected to the New York State Assembly.
He served as chair of the Senate Puerto Rican/Latino Caucus. He served on the Senate Housing Committee and also on the Environmental Conservation, Economic Development, Codes, Insurance, and Judiciary committees. Additionally, Governor Andrew Cuomo selected him as a member of his Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise team where he chaired the subcommittee on monitoring and compliance.
From 1994 to 1996, Espaillat served as the Director of Project Right Start, a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to combat substance abuse by educating the parents of pre-school children. This pilot program was implemented in six cities throughout the country and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
From 1992 to 1994, Espaillat served as Director of the Washington Heights Victims Services Community Office. The organization offered bilingual support groups for battered women, and provided relief, compensation, counseling and therapeutic services to families of victims of homicides and other crimes.
During the 1990’s, Espaillat helped resolve hundreds of conflicts among his constituents by volunteering his services as a state certified conflict resolution mediator for the Washington Heights Inwood Conflict Resolutions and Mediation Center.
In 1991, Espaillat was chosen as a member of Governor Mario Cuomo’s Dominican American Advisory Board, where he served for two years.
From 1986 to 1991, Espaillat actively served on Community Planning Board 12 as a member of the Executive Board.
During the mid 1980’s, Espaillat was elected President of the 34th Precinct Community Council. Throughout the 80’s, he worked with the community and law enforcement agencies to help eradicate drugs and crime from Washington Heights and Inwood.
In 1980, Espaillat joined the NYC Criminal Justice Agency, a non-profit agency contracted by the city of New York to provide pre-trial services to the New York Criminal Court system, where he worked as the Manhattan Court Services Coordinator for eight years.
Espaillat graduated from Bishop Dubois High School in 1974. In 1978, he earned his B.S. degree in Political Science from Queens College, and later completed postgraduate courses in Public Administration at New York University and the Rutgers University Leadership for Urban Executives Institute.