Ariel Guerrero is a born and raised New Yorker and his career has been marked by bold choices and service. Prior to being selected as a National Urban Fellow, Ariel served as a Government and Community Relations Consultant to The National Housing Partnership (NHP) Foundation, a national non-profit committed to preserving and building truly affordable communities across the United States.

Prior to NHP, Ariel served as the East Harlem Coordinator for Congressman Rangel’s 2014 re-election campaign.  In this role, he was charged with the strategic mobilization and organizing of key East Harlem stakeholders and the community to re-elect Congressman Rangel in a historic congressional race.

Ariel also served at the Department of Education as both a Borough Director for the Division of Family and Community Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs Director with the Office of Public Affairs. During his tenure with the Department of Education, he significantly increased collaboration among parent leaders and elected officials in the Bronx and Northern Manhattan. Informed, organized and empowered are the core values of the work Ariel has done and continues to do. As the co-founder and president of Opportunity Connect, he works to empower and support his peers to be the change they hope to see in their communities through examining policy and community service work.

Ariel is a proud alumnus of Fordham University where he obtained his Bachelor’s in Psychology. Ariel is humbled and excited to embrace the values and expectations as a National Urban Fellow.

Ariel has dedicated himself to being a representative of the entire community. As a fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, he worked on state and federal level child welfare policy. Ariel was charged with developing a self-assessment tool for foster parent associations nationally to increase effectiveness and efficiency within the child welfare field. Completing his mentorship at the Annie E. Casey Foundation allowed him to take his impact to the next level bridging the gap between policy and community execution.