Social Entrepreneur, Trainer, Politico, motivational speaker and husband
Ariel Enrique Guerrero, MPA, is a born and raised New Yorker. His career has been marked by bold choices and service. Ariel is founder and principal of ArielEGuerrero LLC, a multi-dimensional consultancy and co-founder of the O&G Racial Equity collaborative, a group working with institutions on racial equity knowledge building, leadership and implementation. Prior to, Ariel’s experience has been grounded in over 12 years of work in the non-profit, government and philanthropy sectors with organizations such as the National League of Cities – the national association for over 19000 cities, towns and villages in the United States, Lutheran Services in America - one of the largest health and human services networks in the country whose members touch 1 in 50 people in the US each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation – one of 50 largest independent foundations in the United States, and The National Housing Partnership (NHP) Foundation - a national non-profit committed to preserving and building truly affordable communities across the country.
Ariel is a proud alumnus of Fordham University where he obtained his BS in Psychology. He is also a 2015 graduate of the National Urban Fellows (NUF) program where he received his Master’s in Public Administration at Baruch College School of Public Affairs. Ariel prides himself as a local government guy with strong roots in leadership, advocacy, organizing and community mobilization. He has a unique understanding of the intersectionality of community and the mulit-sector institutions that work together to create outcomes for individuals and families. Additionally, he holds the a holistic framing that requires us to build effective leadership and leaders within these communities and institutions.
Informed, organized and empowered are the core values of Ariel’s work. Building, bridging and bringing together multi-sectored solutions to communities is fundamental to overall success. He is committed to supporting and encouraging communities to be the catalyst for the sustaining change they hope to see. Ariel finds great joy in leveraging his core values and experience to help leadership and community create paths of action that promote equity, equality and justice.
Racial equity is achieving fairness and justice for people of color in our country. To achieve racial equity, it will require a concerted and collaborative approach from black, white, brown and others to dismantle the existing systemic and institutional racist structures that exist to benefit white people and suppress people of color. Our systems currently work the way they are intended, recognizing that the very foundation by which our country has been created, is built upon the ideology of white supremacy. Achieving racial equity will require us to re-design our systems through policy, practice and procedure to work for everyone and achieve racial justice and fairness. Each of us, regardless of color, have a role to play in taking down brick by brick our current system and rebuilding a new. It will demand us to take ownership and love one another like never before.
He is humbled and excited to embrace the values and expectations of public service. Ariel is a diehard New York Mets fan, salsa dancing fanatic, foodie and avid movie goer.
Its about fundamental change. Systems aren't broken, they are working exactly the way they were designed.
Ariel Guerrero, MPA