Melissa Mark-Viverito currently serves as interim president of the Latino Victory Project. She previously served as vice president of strategic e
Mark-Viverito has served as the Speaker of the New York City Council, the first Puerto Rican and Latina to hold a citywide elected position. She represented the 8th District, which includes El Barrio/East Harlem and the South Bronx.
Mark-Viverito was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She worked for over a decade 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.
Mark-Viverito 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.
About Latino Victory
Latino Victory is a progressive organization working to grow Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government and building a base of Latino donors to support this critical work.