ASPIRANTE CARMEN DIAZ-MALVIDO AS NEW CEO
(Photo by Liz Cuadrado)
New York, NY—May 22, 2017—ASPIRA of New York, Inc. has announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Carmen Diaz-Malvido as the new Chief Executive Officer. Diaz-Malvido will succeed former Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mark Gonzalez, and will assume responsibilities on June 5, 2017.
An Aspirante and former Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships for the Center of Health Equity at the New York City Department of Health and Hygiene, Diaz-Malvido is no stranger to ASPIRA of New York and their mission. "Returning to ASPIRA of New York, Inc. reinforces my commitment to the empowerment of Latino youth and families to promote high educational aspirations, access to leadership development, parent engagement, and exposure to positive lifelong learning opportunities," says Diaz-Malvido.
Having thrived from being an ASPIRA Clubs Federation member at Clara Barton High School, to becoming a Leadership and Development Coordinator, Diaz-Malvido has always used her passion for advocacy to elevate her career to new heights.
The Aspirante held her first job as an ASPIRA HIV/AIDS peer educator during her sophomore year of high school. That role served as a foundation for her then future role as the Director of Women Health Services at Brooklyn YWCA where she dedicated her time to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting justice for all.
Prior to her position as Director of Women Health Services at Brooklyn YWCA, she received her undergraduate degree from the City University of New York at Hunter College, while simultaneously working full-time as an ASPIRA Leadership Development Specialist, Senior Leadership Development Specialist, and subsequently a Leadership and Development Coordinator. She then continued to pursue her educational aspirations and received an M.S. in Urban Affairs with a concentration in Non-Profit Management.
The numerous Leadership Development roles Diaz-Malvido held at ASPIRA contributed to her superb leadership, management, curriculum development, and strategic planning skills. These same skills proved to be an asset during her time as Program Director for the Hunter College Liberty Partnership Program, a drop-out prevention initiative that seeks to achieve academic and personal excellence through high school graduation, and later as the Director of Youth and Summer Camp Programs at the Brooklyn YWCA.
However, it was through her experiences as an ASPIRA Clubs Federation member and participant of the Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PRHYLI) that Diaz-Malvido was able to envision a career focused on activism and governmental related affairs.
She joined the United Farm Workers as a Union Summer Organizer through an initiative with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization (AFL-CIO). She also served as a Community Liaison for New York State Senator Gentile, working on immigration, senior services and youth engagement.
A firm believer in supporting the community that helped mold her and her success, Diaz-Malvido has served as a Public Service Scholar at the New York Foundation and member of the Latino Honor Society. Additionally, she has held a position as an Adjunct Professor teaching courses on empowerment through supervision.
Diaz-Malvido’s academic and professional journey thus far has equipped her with a unique and broad skill set that’s rooted in the ASPIRA Triple-A process of Awareness, Analysis and Action. Her abilities and competency combined with her personal connection to ASPIRA will contribute to the fulfillment of ASPIRA’s mission of increasing educational advancement amongst Puerto Rican and Latino New York City youth.
About ASPIRA of New York
Since 1961, ASPIRA of New York, the founding ASPIRA organization, has been dedicated to serving New York City youth and their families and serving as an effective advocate, fighting to improve education in the Puerto Rican and Latino communities. In the 50 years since it was organized by a group of concerned community leaders led by Dr. Antonia Pantoja – a 1996 Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee- ASPIRA of New York has served thousands of New York City children, youth, parents, schools, and other community based agencies, establishing a record of providing high quality, comprehensive programs and services.