Angela Fernandez, Esq., is the Executive Director and supervising attorney of Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, an organization at the forefront of the immigrant rights movement. With 20 years experience in law, media, non-profit management, government, policy development and advocacy, Fernandez is deeply attuned to the current policy gaps within New York City and the progressive solutions to solve them. In the past five years, Fernandez has protected vulnerable New Yorkers by building broad city-wide coalitions to fight potentially devastating policies. She co-lead the effort to end New York State’s participation in the Secure Communities program and co-developed a universal court-appointed representation program for detained immigrants, the first of its kind in the nation. Fernandez was recently appointed by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve on the Civilian Complaint Review Board and is the Chair of the Dominican Day Parade as well as an Executive Committee Member of both the New York Immigration Coalition and Commonwise Education.