Carlina grew up in the district and is a lifelong resident of the Lower East Side. She is the daughter of a hardworking single mother, who is a civil servant and proud union member. She attended schools and played sports in the area and has spent her professional career directly serving her neighbors.
Whether with local non-profits, on the local community board or in city government, Carlina has fought to preserve and increase permanently affordable housing, created and organized programs for seniors and the homeless, and has advocated for after school programs and small business survival. During Hurricane Sandy, she assisted in coordinating nearly 4,000 volunteers to knock on 15,000 doors of homebound residents who had lost power, heat and water. After Sandy, she supported the formation of the Lower East Side disaster recovery network, which was instrumental in coordinating the response for the Second Avenue Explosion.
Carlina was awarded the Manhattan Young Democrats’ Young Gets It Done Award in 2014 and the Viva Loisaida Award in 2016 for her record of advocating for affordable housing, small business preservation, parks, community resiliency planning and education equality.
She still lives in the building where she grew up with her husband, a small business owner, and their pug Yoshi and turtle Freddie. She is looking forward to working with you to fight for our community.