February 27, 2014

Melissa Mark-Viverito '91CC First Latina Speaker of the NYC Council

Melissa Mark-Viverito


District 8 - Council Speaker - Democrat
Melissa Mark-Viverito currently serves as the Speaker of the New York City Council, the first Puerto Rican and Latina to hold a citywide elected position. She represents the 8th District, which includes El Barrio/East Harlem and the South Bronx

Speaker Mark-Viverito was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She worked for over two decades in local activism, nonprofit organizations and labor before being elected to the City Council in 2005, as the first Puerto Rican woman and Latina to represent her district in the Council.

In 2009, she was elected to her second term in the City Council, during which she served as Chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation, the founding Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus and as a member of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. In 2011, she was one of four Council Members to pioneer the first-ever Participatory Budgeting process in New York City.

She is a graduate of Columbia College at Columbia University and Baruch College, City University of New York, where she studied Public Administration through the National Urban Fellows Program.

For more information: Melissa Mark-Viverito

Further Articles: 

  • NYC Council Picks Puerto-Rico Born Mark-Viverito as Speaker (Bloomberg)
  • Mayoral Ally Elected Speaker, Furthering City's Liberal Shift (NYTimes)

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