Marjorie Velázquez

Marjorie Velázquez

New York City Council, District 13, NY

Marjorie was born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents who moved here in the 1970’s to build a better life. She learned the values of hard work and community services at a young age as her parents worked long hours while struggling to overcome racism and language barriers. Marjorie attended Bronx public elementary schools and St. Catherine Academy before earning a Finance and Accounting degree at NYU. She held several accounting positions, where she designed strategies for regions around the world.

In 2012, Marjorie suffered life-changing injuries in workplace accident and a subsequent car crash that left her temporarily disabled. She struggled through several surgeries and a broken, bureaucratic healthcare system, but found a path to recovery through giving back to her community.

Marjorie’s life went from painful struggle to public service. She volunteered to help elect several elected officials and joined Community Board 10 where she served as Treasurer and now serves as Municipal Services Chair. Here, she has focused on COVID recovery, transportation, parks, budget equity, and overdevelopment while advocating for racial and gender equality. Marjorie serves on the boards of Amplify Her, the Broad Room, St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf Children’s Fund, VISIONS NY, and formerly on the Bronx River Alliance.

After a narrow loss for City Council in 2017 where Marjorie was outspent by over $1 million, she continued her dedication to public service and advocacy. During the pandemic, she organized a mutual aid group to assist residents and coordinates weekly food and mask drives.