The Board of Directors of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) is pleased to announce and welcome Manuel Castro as the organization’s new Executive Director.
Most recently, Manuel led federal and state advocacy campaigns for the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), the largest and most diverse statewide immigrant rights group in the country.
“We look forward to working with Manuel. He’ll be an effective leader and passionate advocate for the rights of immigrant workers and without a doubt, he’ll help us take our organization to the next level.” said Board Co-chair Alicia Portada.
“I am deeply honored to be selected as the next Executive Director to lead NICE,” said Manuel Castro. “NICE’s mission of ensuring that new immigrants can build social, political and economic power has been a guiding principles for my own work over the years and I’m excited for the opportunity to build on NICE’s 16-year history. NICE is recognized as an important advocate for new immigrant workers and I look forward to growing its work with the NICE community.”
Manuel worked closely with NICE for many years, as the coordinator of the New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform campaign, a statewide coalition of nearly 200 organizations working to pass immigration reform. The campaign played a major role in successfully advocating for president Obama’s executive actions on immigration. He also worked closely with NICE as the coordinator of the 2012 Immigrants Vote! Campaign, the largest, non-partisan voter registration and Get Out the Vote campaign focused on immigrants in New York State, with over 140,000 voter contacts and over 11,000 new voters registered.
For years, Manuel has been at the forefront of the fight for immigrant rights. Some highlights of his work include:
- Leading a caravan for the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in 2003
- Organizing a major demonstration on the historic immigrant days of action in 2006
- Mobilizing hundreds of students to rally in DC for the federal DREAM Act in 2010
- Organizing and leading a march of 5,000 New Yorkers over the Brooklyn Bridge on the National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrants in 2013
Manuel’s family came to the United States from Mexico when he was five years old. He grew up in an immigrant neighborhood in New York City, and his experiences, both as a child of immigrants and as an immigrant himself, shaped his interest in organizing and empowering people to engage in advocacy.
Manuel earned a Master’s of Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College in New York City and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is widely featured in the press as a spokesperson on immigrant rights issues, including Univision, El Diario la Prensa, WNYC, CNN, and the New York Times.
Please join us in welcoming our new Executive Director, Manuel Castro!