Elvin Garcia is a lifelong resident of the Bronx, growing up on the corner of Rosedale Avenue and 174th St., and is a product of NYC Public Schools.
Elvin Garcia is a lifelong resident of the Bronx, growing up on the corner of Rosedale Avenue and 174th Street and is a product ofNYC Public Schools. As the son of a single mother of three, Elvin is no stranger to poverty and overcoming adversity.
Growing up in the poorest Congressional district in the country, Elvin learned the value of serving a cause greater than himself, engaging in community service while attending Sunday school at Saint Anthony’s Church.
Public service inspired Elvin to become civically and creatively engaged in high school after school programs and graduated into his college years with an interest in Architecture and the built environment. Yet his political activism was amplified during his college years when Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute failed to close the financial gap to continue support for the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) for students of color and modest income. In response, Elvin mobilized various groups on campus to advocate for increased enrollment and financial aid for underrepresented students.
In his first job out of college, Elvin chose to take a $100-a-month stipend at an environmental justice organization, Friends of Brook Park, over a $40,000 starting salary at an architectural firm, where he fought for and won the historic preservation recognition of the South Bronx waterfront. In the years that followed, Elvin worked his way up through state government as a Community Representative for NYS Assembly Member Marcos A. Crespo, where he learned the values and principles of effective public service. In 2012, Elvin joined President Obama's re-election campaign as a Field Organizer in Nevada, where he learned the power of grassroots organizing and helped to register, empower, and turnout Latino voters. Shortly after, Elvin returned to the Bronx to fight for small business owners caught in red tape with State agency regulations and tenants harassed by landlords as a Community Affairs Representative for State Senator Gustavo Rivera.
And for nearly 3 years as the Bronx Borough Director for Mayor Bill de Blasio, Elvin has been a leader in delivering results for the Bronx, empowered with executive experience at the highest level of NYC government, organizing and empowering Bronx residents around the Mayor's progressive policies like Pre-K, Paid Sick Leave, IDNYC, and Vision Zero. Elvin also served as an LGBT Liaison for the Mayor, addressing the needs of the Transgender community by amplifying their causes at city hall while also ensuring critical funding for homeless LGBT youth beds.
Elvin credits his success to his mother Maria, a single mother of three and an immigrant from the Dominican Republic with barely a high school education. Yet, because of his mothers’ faith in God and love for her family, all three of her children are now thriving young professionals. That progress is a testament to the values of strong motherhood and access to opportunities that come with policies that give working families a fighting chance --the very policies Elvin hopes to preserve and protect as a member of the New York City Council.