Angela Fernández is the Executive Director and Supervising Attorney of Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Fernández is a first generation Dominican whose mother migrated to the United States from Baitoa of Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. She brings to the Board 20 years of experience in law, media, non-profit management, government, policy development, and advocacy. Her legal experience has been primarily focused on representing and advocating for immigrants and refugees in the United States and abroad. Fernández founded and managed elementary schools in the South Bronx and in Washington D.C., taught Women’s Studies in Spanish to female detainees at Rikers Island Correctional Center, and was a staffer for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley and District Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Jose Serrano. Fernández co-led the effort to end New York State’s participation in the Secure Communities program, and co-developed the first-in-the-nation, universal court appointed representation program for detained immigrants. She is Chair of the Dominican Day Parade, an Executive Committee Member of the New York Immigration Coalition, and an Executive Committee Member of CommonWise Education. Fernandez is a mayoral designee to the Board appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
J.D., Columbia University School of Law; B.A., Boston University