I am extremely proud to see a fellow Nuyorican appointed to a senior position in the Obama administration. After months of rumors that Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr. may be offered a seat within President Barack Obama’s administration, last night I was excited to learn the buzz became reality. President Barack Obama tapped Carrión to be Director of the White House Office of Urban Policy.
Since Carrión became Bronx Borough President in 2001 over 2.2 billion dollars has been invested in residential real estate – resulting in 25,000 new units being built. He has directed 40% of his 2007 capital funding to housing development.
Carrión was born in Lower Manhattan and is of Puerto Rican heritage. He is the highest-ranking Latino elected official in the State of New York and also serves as the President of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials. In 1997 Carrión ran and won a seat on the New York City Council. Prior to his role as City Council Member he served as District Manager for Community Board 5 in the Bronx.
Carrión graduated from Kings College, a Christian liberal arts college in Westchester County and earned his Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College of the City University of New York. He lives with his wife and four children on City Island in the Bronx.