Darma Diaz is the NYC Councilwoman for District 37 covering Bushwick, East New York, Cypress Hills, Ocean Hill-Brownsville, and Brownsville, Brooklyn. Darma, born and raised in Brooklyn, holds a Bachelor’s in Human Services and is a former state committee representative and district leader. She is a proud mom and grandmother whose community service work spans more than 4 decades from being a community organizer, social worker, working as a staffer for Assemblyman Daryl Towns, and serving community boards and organizations. In the New York City Council, Darma will fight for more affordable housing, reducing gun violence, having more senior services, improving education, and providing more resources to the community to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Darma’s parents are both from the island of Puerto Rico and is a proud product of a public school education in Brooklyn. As a young mother she was a victim of spousal abuse and was temporarily homeless. Darma believes that those who are closest to struggles should be closest to making change in our communities. This is the primary drive for her commitment in government and public services.
These organizations, groups, boards, and committees have seen Darma’s dedication to support throughout the years: The Department of Probation in an advisory capacity, Parents Against Violence, 75th Precinct Council, Zone Two Advisory Board, WEED/SEED, Immediately School 171; Safety Committee, Cypress Community Coalition Hills Coalition, Cypress Advocates for Education, New York Beacon, Community Partners Association, Bangladesh/American Youth Council, Bangladesh American Community Development Youth Services (BACDYS), Center for Educational Justice, the Lions Club, Brooklyn Fellows, Mount Sinai Haitian Relief Fund, Women in Leadership, Logan Street Block Association, Sunnyside Avenue Block Association, John the Baptist Community Garden, Board of Managers at North Brooklyn YMCA for over 12 years, BMS Board of Directors, Three Kings Day Celebration Committee, and Cesiah Toro Mullane elementary school.
District 37 is a diverse area of neighborhoods filled with new and long-time residents and a plethora of ideas. Darma welcomes all of them for partnership in a collective vision of unity and community building. Community leadership starts with partnership and then ends in a concise vision of policies and advocacies. Stemming from the decades of advocacy she has had in the district, Darma plans to provide the leadership needed.
Darma is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn and lives in Cypress Hills with her family.