"MY COMMUNITY GAVE MY FAMILY THE GIFT OF OPPORTUNITY. I WILL USE THAT GIFT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY."

Christopher was born and raised in the Lower East Side. He is the son of a bodega owner and a garment worker, who immigrated to Lower Manhattan from the Dominican Republic. He attended local public schools and afterschool programs, and has always been an active voice in the community. 

 

Whether managing the retirement fund at IBM, or founding two community gardens in NYCHA's LES Infill I and II, Christopher has always been investing in the future. When his neighbor was illegally detained by ICE, Christopher rallied his community and got him released, securing his future in the country he immigrated to. 

 

Christopher was a member of the Young Professionals Board at Defy Ventures, where he guided previously incarcerated people through the process of starting their own small businesses. Today all three businesses he mentored are thriving, allowing their owners and their families to re-imagine their lives. 

 

Christopher still lives in the Lower East Side, and in his free time can be found volunteering at Elizabeth Street Garden, the Bowery Mission, and University Settlement. He has been working to unite the different neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan throughout his life, and will continue this mission in the City Council.