Edward C. Cerna

Born and raised in New York City to Mexican and Salvadorian parents, Edward has dedicated his entire career to public service. He has successfully leveraged experiences and skillsets into multiple job opportunities including serving as community liaison for two New York State Assembly Members. He most recently worked as a tenant support specialist for the Public Engagement Unit of the City of New York where he provided case management to clients facing housing and social related issues including landlord harassment, lack of repairs, and need for public assistance.

Edward is also involved in his local community of Sunset Park Brooklyn. He serves on community board seven as chair of the immigration committee where he has pushed against draconian immigration policies by hosting “Know Your Rights” meetings and passing a first of its kind resolution affirming that in Sunset Park, all immigrants, regardless of immigration status, are welcomed and that racism, xenophobia, and homophobia are not tolerated.

He recognizes that building and empowering others is the true hallmark of leadership. To this end, he serves as treasurer of the New York Chapter of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Alumni Association. An organization whose mission is to develop the next generation of Latino leaders by connecting them to programs and educational services such scholarships, internships, and fellowships.

Edward received his Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy of law from  the City University of New York’s Brooklyn College, and was the first in his family to graduate from college.