Ana Marķa Archila Co-Executive Director, Make the Road New York
Ana Marķa Archila is the co-executive director of Make the Road New York. A native of Colombia, Ana Marķa immigrated to the US at the age of 17. She has emerged as an important immigrant advocate for civil rights, health care access and education reform in New York City.
Since 2003, Ana Marķa worked to build grassroots power in immigrant communities as the executive director of the Latin American Integration Center, and now as co-executive director of Make the Road New York.
Today, Make the Road New York is the largest membership-led immigrant organization in New York City, with over 8,000 dues-paying members, who are primarily low-income Latino/a immigrants, and offices in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Far from City Hall, on the hardscrabble streets of Bushwick, and in the immigrant bustle of Jackson Heights and Port Richmond, Make the Road New York is successfully putting into practice a new model for winning economic and political opportunity, and shaping New York City's civic agenda through a combination of education, leadership development, civic participation, and base-building community organizing with strategic public policy work on a broad range of issues, from environmental justice to workplace rights and civil rights.
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.