Dr. Damary M. Bonilla-Rodriguez joined Democrats for Education Reform as the Director of the Leaders of Color New York initiative. She previously served as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager of Girls, Inc. To change the political and leadership landscape for Latinos, Dr. Bonilla-Rodriguez ran for State Representative in the 189th District of Pennsylvania in the 2016 election cycle where she became the 1st Hispanic to make a State ballot in Pike and Monroe Counties. In November 2019, she became the 1st Hispanic elected as School Board Director in the East Stroudsburg Area School District. Passionate about supporting professional organizations, she is a Board Member of the Brodhead Watershed Association, Latina VIDA, Latinas on the Plaza, and Los Compadres Modern Caballero and an advisory board member for several organizations including: The Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs and the Alliance for Positive Youth Development. In addition, she was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to represent the Poconos Region on statewide commissions on Redistricting Reform and Latino affairs (GACLA).
Dr. Bonilla-Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Social Work from the College of New Rochelle where she received the College President’s Medal, graduated with Departmental Honors, and was awarded the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Award. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Communications and a Specialized Certification in Corporate Communications, both from the College of New Rochelle. Personal endeavors of overcoming statistics and accessing higher education, led her to earn a Doctorate in Education focusing on Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College.