A people first vision for District 30.
Juan is a lifelong queens resident with a heart and soul for public service.
As a first-generation American and New Yorker, the son of a Colombian father and Honduran-Cuban mother, Juan understands the hardships of working-class families in this city. Now, he’s running for City Council to improve their quality of life, the way his parents and community did for him, by reforming the City’s public education system, advocacy for senior citizens, and housing policies.
Juan’s journey to public service started when the system failed him and his family. When Juan was 17, his mother, Lesly, was unjustly denied her residency and nearly deported. A few years later, Juan’s grandmother, aunt, and young cousin faced persecution from gang violence in Honduras. Rather than lose hope, Juan resolved to channel the fear and trauma of almost losing his mother to deportation and his family to gang violence into a career of public service. That’s why Juan is committed to protecting other families and vulnerable communities so that no one has to face the fear he endured.
Juan is no stranger to City Council, having worked as the Office Manager for City Councilman Brad Lander for 2 years. Juan spent the next two years learning about the policy making process, how city government functions, and how to serve constituents. Juan then worked at the International Rescue Committee, providing at-risk communities the services his family had been denied.
one of juan's proudest achievements is helping institute one of the most successful public education programs in nyc's history.
As a consultant at the NYC Department of Education, Juan supported the expansion of universal pre-K and the historic 3-K for All program, working to ensure that New York City’s
youngest learners had access to free high-quality education.
In particular, Juan focused on the expansion of pre-K Dual Language programs to promote bilingualism throughout the city and serve children and families who speak languages besides English at home. That’s because education, especially early childhood education, is vital for setting up children for success and addressing socioeconomic inequality at its roots.
From the conference rooms of City Hall to the streets of Maspeth, Juan has dedicated himself to connecting people with the help and services they need. Right now, Juan works at a legal service nonprofit to guarantee that New Yorkers, such as seniors, have access to the legal representation they deserve for every issue that matters, from housing, to employment, to disability, or benefits.
Juan earned his B.A. in Political Science from Fordham University, and his master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy Analysis from NYU. Before that, Juan graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood.
Juan is the first Latino to run for this Council District. In his spare time Juan loves dancing (salsa, merengue, and bachata), playing pool with friends, and is a die-hard supporter of Chelsea F.C.
queens borough president
working families party
CWA District 1
New york state
united auto workers
Hotel trades council
Professional staff congress / CUNY
Make the road action
Community voices heard
Lesbian & gay democratic club of queens
AOC's Courage to
PLanned parenthood of greater new york votes pac
Stonewall Democrats of nyc
jimmy van bramer
for fair housing
INDEPENDENT PROGRESSIVES (QUIP)
RUn for something
new york progressive action network (NYPAN)
New York League of Conservation Voters
National Alliance of social workers NYC
The met council
District 30 includes Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, and woodside.
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