Carlina Rivera represents the 2nd Council District which includes the diverse neighborhoods of the East Village, Flatiron, Gramercy Park, Rose Hill, Kips Bay, Murray Hill, and the Lower East Side. She was born and raised in the 2nd District of Lower Manhattan by a single mother who moved to New York City from Puerto Rico.
Carlina began her career in afterschool programming, working with children at some of New York City’s highest-needs schools. She went on to serve her local community, creating and organizing initiatives for older adults and homeless New Yorkers as Director of Programs and Services at Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), a non-profit focused on social justice.
Carlina has a history of bringing people together to improve the lives, resources, and well-being of the residents of Manhattan’s East Side, whether as a community board member, as an organizer, or on a taskforce that secured funding for East River waterfront resiliency in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. After Sandy, Carlina helped coordinate thousands of volunteers to assist over 10,000 homebound residents as part of a recovery network that would go on to support families affected by the Second Avenue and Flatiron Explosions.