"Because I was born and raised in Lower Manhattan, it gave me a distinct perspective on life, culture, and community."
Christopher Marte is a community activist and lifelong resident of District 1. With his experience in housing, education, job creation, criminal justice, immigration policy, and disaster preparedness, he is ready to fight for Lower Manhattan in the City Council and work to improve the quality of life for everyone.
Christopher is an active member of the Coalition to Protect Chinatown & Lower East Side. Along with many community leaders, he has advocated for waterfront resilience and supports the Chinatown Working Group (CWG) Plan. Christopher has spoken out against massive luxury developments in the Two Bridges neighborhood and the Rivington House dealings. In addition, he lobbied for the SWEAT (Securing Wages Earned Against Theft) Coalition an organization that empowers workers living on the Lower East Side and in Chinatown to recover their stolen wages. Christopher was a founding member of the Residential Green Committee of NYCHA's LES Infill 1 and 2, and is a committed volunteer at the Elizabeth Street Garden, the Bowery Mission, University Settlement, NYC Togetherness, The Old Saint Patrick Basilica, and Nativity Church.
Christopher has always invested his time and resources in the betterment of our community. On the young professional board for Defy Ventures, he helped formerly incarcerated individuals create businesses and encouraged them to become positive influencers in their communities. Christopher also coached and mentored the “Twin Dragons”, the M.S. 131 co-ed basketball team located in Chinatown.
Son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Christopher attended P.S. 20 and Nativity Mission School. Later, he received his B.A. in Global Studies from Long Island University Global, while studying in China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, and Japan. He speaks English and Spanish fluently and Mandarin conversationally.
Christopher has consistently been a leader, bringing innovation and energy to every endeavor. He interned for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office and worked for CastleOak Securities, a minority-owned firm, and was an Investment Analyst at IBM Retirement Fund. Additionally, Christopher worked for an immigration law firm, providing him with the experience to resolve local cases involving undocumented workers fighting deportation.
Christopher Marte is proud to be running as a Democrat for City Council in District 1 as a homegrown, grassroots leader, with a strong record of advocacy for environmental resilience, affordable housing, after school programs, and economic development. If elected, Christopher will be a vocal, passionate, and dedicated representative for the neighborhood, for which he has worked to serve his whole life.