Carlos Menchaca

Fellow, Leadership in Government, Open Society Foundations

Former New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca has more than 18 years of New York City government experience. As an elected official and senior staffer, he developed strong relationships with city agencies, direct service providers, and advocates who continue to shape the life of immigrant New Yorkers; organized successful multi-sector partnerships to tackle endemic issues; grew and trained grassroots community leaders; and engaged immigrant activists to build coalitions and effective advocacy campaigns to win critical budget and legislative victories. He recently taught at Pratt Institute to share his experiences in civic engagement and value-driven placemaking in communities confronting inequality caused by gentrification.