*Reposted from Gotham Gazette. Written by Lachlan Hyatt*

When the next session of the City Council begins in January, multiple seats will be filled by alumni from the Coro New York Leadership Center, a local organization playing a key role bringing new leaders into city government.

The work of the nearly 80-year-old nonprofit leadership institute is also evident given Coro’s representation on Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ transition committee. Coro’s mission consists of training emerging NYC leaders so that “All individuals, communities, and institutions participate in creating an equitable, just, and engaged society” and its new executive director is working to find promising new leaders from historically overlooked communities.

The three Coro alumni in the incoming City Council class are Carmen De La Rosa representing Manhattan’s District 10, Shahana Hanif representing Brooklyn’s District 39, and Kamillah Hanks representing Staten Island’s District 49. They are three women of Color who will be part of the most diverse City Council ever and first with a majority of women. Meanwhile, the mayor-elect’s transition team includes 37 Coro alumni among its hundreds of members.

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