Carmen De La Rosa is a career public servant and a resident of Northern Manhattan who is deeply committed to serving her community. She was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the Inwood section of New York City as a young child. She was proud to be the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college, receiving a degree in political science and a certification in peace and justice studies from Fordham University. In 2007, she began her career working for NYS Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell, where her passion for government and politics was sparked. She worked with communities on the Upper West Side to improve the quality of life of residents, fight colocations in local public schools and preserve affordable housing. It was here that she learned the functions of a State Assembly office. After rising through the ranks in state and local government, Carmen was appointed chief of staff to Council member Ydanis Rodriguez in 2014, representing the communities of Inwood, Washington Heights and Marble Hill. In this capacity, Carmen managed the daily operations, strategy and focus of both the legislative and community offices. She played an instrumental role in the passage of nearly a dozen bills related to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, among other notable legislative accomplishments. In managing the office’s discretionary budget, she worked to support countless neighborhood institutions, from senior centers, to afterschool programs to social service providers, ensuring local nonprofits received crucial funding. Carmen has gained a firm understanding of the true needs of the uptown community and how to address them, through legislative action; smart, progressive budgeting; fierce advocacy and community organizing. Carmen is passionate about using government as a tool for social change and a vehicle to empower and support communities. A lifelong resident of Inwood, Carmen resides on the same street she was raised, with her husband Jose and two-year-old daughter, Mia. In May 2016, Carmen also completed Coro Leadership Institute-New York. In November 2016, Carmen was elected to the NYS Assembly for the 72nd Assembly District.