Ana Maria Archila

Ana María Archila
Co-Executive Director
Politics, Immigration, Latino Issues, Civic Engagement, Capacity Building

Ana María joined CPD from our sister organization, Make the Road New York (MRNY), where she served as Co-Executive Director since its formation in 2007. Before that, Ana María was the Executive Director of the Latin American Integration Center (LAIC), which merged with Make the Road by Walking to create Make the Road New York. During Ana María's 13 years at MRNY and LAIC, she focused on shaping the organization’s electoral vision, organizing model, expansion to Long Island, and LGBTQ organizing work. Ana María also co-directs the Make the Road Action Fund. 

Ana María emigrated to the U.S. from Colombia at the age of 17 and has become a leading advocate for civil rights, health care access, education equity, and immigrant rights in New York State, and nationally. She was awarded a Coro fellowship in 2004, the year after she became Executive Director of LAIC. Under her leadership, LAIC tripled in size and strengthened adult literacy, youth development and health access services to immigrants in Queens and Staten Island. Ana María helped LAIC to successfully increase immigrant political participation and power-building through voter mobilization, popular education and community organizing.

Articles:

Using Scale and Reach to Battle Inequality
The Hill, 11.19.13

Don’t Put LGBTQ Immigrants Back in the Closet
Gay City News, 4.11.13

No pongan las necesidades de los estudiantes al final
El Diario, 10.9.12

Archila: Electoral maps cheat minorities
Newsday, 1.31.12

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