Marco A. Carrión currently serves as Executive Director of El Puente. Founded in 1982, El Puente is a community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through the engagement of members in the arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action.
He previously served as the Commissioner of New York City’s Community Affairs Unit, serving as a direct link between the Mayor and our city’s neighborhoods. Through the Community Affairs Unit, Commissioner Carrión and his team were able to bring together community groups, non-profit organizations, civic associations, and concerned citizens to address and rectify the issues facing residents of the five boroughs.
The son of a public school teacher and a community activist, Marco has deep roots in New York City, possessing a keen understanding of our city’s diverse communities, and the respective needs of neighborhoods and their constituents.
Marco’s commitment to communities is deeply rooted in his foundation in the national and local labor movements, fighting for the needs of working people. He worked for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), and later served as the Political and Legislative Director of the New York City Central Labor Council, where he forged deep partnerships among the 300 local unions and 1.3 million members the CLC represented while designing political strategies. Marco began his career at the United Federation of Teachers, where he lobbied governments on education, labor, health, and human rights issues, and organized its members' efforts on electoral and legislative campaigns.
Marco also worked for two New York State Governors, and served as the Chief of Staff for Bronx Senator Gustavo Rivera.
A Bronx native, Marco Carrión is a graduate of Vassar College, and Bronx High School of Science.