White House Author
Javier H. Valdés
Javier oversees the organizing and policy work at Make the Road New York in the areas of civic participation, civil rights, education, housing, environmental justice, LGBTQ, and immigration. He also supervises MRNY’s youth programming, including school partnerships, Student Success Centers and after-school youth leadership development, as well as MRNY’s administrative and operations functions. Previously, Javier served as the Director of Advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC). Javier also led the Immigrant Advocacy Fellowship, a leadership program for emerging immigrant leaders in the city and state. Until August 2005, Javier was the Program Officer for Latin America at the Synergos Institute where he worked extensively in the US-Mexico border, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from New York University and has two sons.