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Ariel Guerrero

Manager for Tactical Support and Outreach, Race, Equity, And Leadership (REAL) Program

National League of Cities


Ariel Enrique Guerrero, MPA, is a born and raised New Yorker. His career has been marked by bold choices and service. Prior to joining National League of Cities as both regional membership manager and now as Manager for REAL’s Tactical Support and Outreach, Ariel served as Director of Member Services for Lutheran Services in America, leading a national senior services network. This network is recognized as one of the largest health and human services networks in the country whose members touch 1 in 50 people in the US each year.

Ariel is a proud alumnus of Fordham University where he obtained his BS in Psychology. He is also a 2015 graduate of the National Urban Fellows (NUF) program at Baruch College School of Public Affairs where he received his Master’s in Public Administration. During that time, he completed his NUF fellowship at the Annie E. Casey Foundation where he worked on both state and federal level child welfare policies. In his tenure at the foundation, he developed a national self-assessment tool for Foster Parent Associations to increase effectiveness and efficiency within the child welfare field.

Ariel prides himself as a local government guy. He has strong roots in advocacy, organizing and community mobilization through his experiences as a government Community Relations’ Consultant to The National Housing Partnership (NHP) Foundation; a national non-profit committed to preserving and building truly affordable communities across the United States. He served as the East Harlem Coordinator for Congressman Rangel’s 2014 re-election congressional campaign.  In this role, he was tasked with the strategic mobilization and organizing of the community and key East Harlem stakeholders to re-elect Congressman Rangel. Additionally, Ariel served under the Bloomberg Administration at the New York City Department of Education as both a Borough Director for the Division of Family and Community Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs Director with the Office of Public Affairs. During his tenure with the Department of Education, Ariel significantly increased collaboration among parent leaders and elected officials in the Bronx and Northern Manhattan.

Informed, organized and empowered are the core values of Ariel’s work. He is committed to supporting and encouraging communities to be the catalyst for the sustaining change they hope to see. Ariel finds great joy in leveraging his core values to create a path of action for the intersections of policy and community service. He is humbled and excited to embrace the values and expectations of public service that promotes equity, equality and justice. Ariel is a diehard New York Mets fan, salsa dancing fanatic, foodie and avid movie goer!


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