Meet Diana Reyna
Diana Reyna is an experienced government leader running as candidate for Lieutenant Governor and when elected, she will become the first Latina ever elected to statewide office in the state of New York. Diana is a lifelong common-sense Democrat with a record of results and distinction with over 22 years in public service. Diana has been a trailblazer from the beginning of her career as the first woman of Dominican heritage ever elected in the history of New York State. Diana is a first-generation Dominican American, born and raised in Los Sures, Williamsburg, in Brooklyn where she felt the calling to get involved in her community to tackle the struggles faced in that neighborhood. Her tenure began with twelve fruitful years on the New York City Council, representing the multicultural Williamsburg, Bushwick and Ridgewood in Queens. As a Council member, Diana focused on fighting crime by reducing gang violence, creating employment opportunities, building more affordable housing, and increasing funding for educational opportunities for youth and seniors.
She also served with great success in the multifaceted role of Deputy Brooklyn Borough President for Eric Adams from 2014 until 2017. As Deputy Borough President Diana led and developed unit staff, chaired critical cabinet meetings, helped prepare annual budgets, monitored the delivery of city services to seek best practices and deliver for her constituents. She worked tenaciously to expand public/private partnerships and foster collaboration amongst stakeholders for the betterment of her district and all committees she served on.
Diana earned citywide attention for her efforts in championing affordable housing, economic development, improving equity in education, and seeking environmental justice. She is committed to inspecting what she expects out of government. Diana continues her commitment to the building of the “BQGreen,” a visionary project she began in 2006 to transform a section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway into a 3.5 acre of green park land. She has secured more than $20 million in development funds. She became the inaugural Chair of Habitat for Humanity New York City, was a member of Brooklyn Public Library’s Board of Trustees and recently served as the Development Chair for the National Dominican Day Parade, Inc. raising money for scholarships and mentor opportunities for New York City students. She also championed the New York City Council project, “21 in 21” a grassroots army of women and colleagues that was dedicated to electing “21” women to the Council in 2021. (Actually, 30 women were elected!) Today she remains active in numerous community and neighborhood advocacy groups.
Diana has a deep love and passion for mentoring young women & men in her community and uses her role to open doors for them. Many of those mentees and young professionals have gone on to have fruitful careers including elected positions in government. Diana received her bachelor’s degree from Pace University and is committed to policies that will facilitate accessible and quality education for young people. Diana has been married for 20 years to a Lieutenant with the NYPD and is a proud mother of two teenage boys, ages14 and 16.
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