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February 19, 2009

Adolfo Carrion Hired by the Administration

Hey Folks,

Today, the White House posted an announcement regarding the appointment of Adolfo Carrion to head the position of urban affairs in the new administration.

This is an important appointment, not only because the man is qualified, but more important because he understands first hand urban issues of this country; having lived and worked all his life out of the Bronx borough (See his bio below the press release).

This comes at an important time, when the WH has opened its doors to Latino groups for the first time in many years. Consequently, Latino issues will be at the forefront among many others to tackle by the new administration. This is where Mr. Carrion's experience and intelligence comes in handy to help the new administration tackles such issues.

Read below:


Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release February 19, 2009

President Barack Obama Announces Key White House Posts

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, President Barack Obama announced the following White House posts: Adolfo Carrion, White House Director of Urban Affairs and Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs.

President Barack Obama said, "I look forward to working with these talented leaders to bring long overdue attention to the urban areas where 80 percent of the American people live and work. Vibrant cities spawn innovation, economic growth, and cultural enrichment; the Urban Affairs office will focus on wise investments and development in our urban areas that will create employment and housing opportunities and make our country more competitive, prosperous, and strong."

President Obama and Vice President Biden created the White House Office of Urban Affairs to develop a strategy for metropolitan America and to ensure that all federal dollars targeted to urban areas are effectively spent on the highest-impact programs. The Director of Urban Affairs will report directly to the president and coordinate all federal urban programs.

The following announcements were made today:

Adolfo Carrion, White House Director of Urban Affairs- Carrion has served two terms as Bronx Borough President and one term as the President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). As Bronx Borough President, Carrion oversaw the creation of 40,000 new units of housing in seven years, 50 new schools, $7 billion in capital and infrastructure expenditures, and over $400 million in new parks and parkland renovation. Prior to his service as Bronx Borough President, Carrion represented the 14th City Council District on the New York City Council and also served as an urban planner at the NYC Department of City Planning and a teacher in the New York City Public Schools. Carrion received his bachelors in World Religions and Philosophy from King's College in 1985 and his Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College in 1990.

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