Board Member Javier H. Valdés is Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York (MRNY) and Make the Road Action. He leads MRNY’s organizing and supervises the youth program, including community schools and after-school youth programs, as well as the group’s administrative and operations functions.
Javier has been critical in securing new policies that limit the local presence of federal immigration enforcement, improve the quality of affordable housing, expand translation and interpretation services at government offices, and reduce biased policing. He was also critical in securing the creation of the largest municipal identification card in the US and dramatically expanding guaranteed paid sick days for low-wage workers in New York City.
In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded Javier the White House Champions of Change Cesar Chavez Award. Before joining MRNY, Javier was the Director of Advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC).
He is Chair of the Board for the Center for Popular Democracy, Vice-Chair of the Movement of Immigrants of America (MIA), and Vice-Chair of the Flushing Meadow Corona Park Alliance; and sits on the boards of the Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), El Museo del Barrio, and Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). He is also the Secretary of the Working Families Party in New York State. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and his three sons.