He comes to Demos with over a decade’s worth of experience as an organizer, campaigner and strategist for social and economic justice.
Most recent, he was Legislative Director at the Working Families Party where he used electoral power to fight for change. He built and led coalitions that worked on democracy fights, economic justice campaigns, and helped elect progressives to office. Notably, Emmanuel was a key driver behind the NYC paid sick days victory in 2013. That campaign in particular and his time at WFP generally, imbued him with the desire to win and the certainty that —with smart planning and hard work progressives can win.
Previously, Emmanuel was a community organizer with groups in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn—where everyday working people taught him the meaning of power. Born in Colombia, raised in Brooklyn, he was the first in his family to graduate from college. He has a BA in History and Political Science from Union College in Schenectady, NY. If you know about Schenectady, you’re cool in Emmanuel’s book.