President Barack Obama named Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr. as his Director of Urban Affairs to oversee federal investments in America's cities. The appointment is a key part of Obama's strategy to lift the American economy through targeted investments in education and infrastructure.
Carrión's appointment "will bring long overdue attention to the urban areas where 80 percent of the American people live and work," Obama said in announcing the selection.
"Vibrant cities spawn innovation, economic growth and cultural enrichment. The urban affairs office will focus on wise investments and development in our urban areas that will create employment and housing opportunities and make our country more competitive, prosperous and strong," the president said.
Carrión earned a master's degree in urban planning from Hunter College in 1990. He also served on New York's City Council, as an urban planner for the city, and as a public school teacher. He currently is president of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
Carrión will report directly to Obama and coordinate all federal urban programs.
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