Arlenis Morel is Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York and a State Director for Make the Road Action. She immigrated to the U.S. from Venezuela as a teenager with her mother.
Arlenis has been at Make the Road NY for 18 years, MRNY is the largest immigrant-led community based organization in NY with over 24,000 members. She started at Make the Road New York as a part-time receptionist in the Bushwick, Brooklyn office, after her mother, a founding member, introduced her to the organization. Soaking up every opportunity to learn and through MRNY’s leadership development pipeline, she worked her way up to become Director of Operations, and then Chief of Staff, where she oversaw the expansion of MRNY’s Admin and HR departments, the overhaul of the organization’s database infrastructure, and the development and execution of the organization’s current strategic plan.
Arlenis has trained at Coro’s Immigrant Civic Leadership Program and Columbia University’s Senior Leaders Program for Non-Profit Professionals. She represented District 24 in Queens on the Community Education Council for two years. She was named a Trailblazer as a leader in Operations in 2019 by Community Resource Exchange.
She holds an Associate’s Degree from Kingsborough Community College.