The Bronx Democratic County Committee chairman Jamaal Bailey has appointed Ariana Collado as the organization's new Executive Director.
Before her appointment, Collado, who has years of experience in organizing campaigns and New York City government, served as Chief of Staff to council member Andrew Cohen of the 11th Council District.
While at the council, Collado also served as the liaison to the New York City council's Bronx delegation.
"Ariana's dedication to the betterment of the Bronx has been demonstrated through her work in the City Council and extensive involvement in her own Bronx neighborhood.
She is dynamic, hard-working and tenacious woman who is committed to moving the Bronx forward and stronger every single day," Bailey said in a statement Monday.
"Ariana embodies the same goals of inclusivity, transparency, and fairness of this organization. She is a proud Latina of Dominican descent who resides in Wakefield with her loving husband.
"Ariana is incredibly well-respected and will continue to do amazing things for this borough. Ariana has already hit the ground running, playing a key role in the formation of the Advisory Board process, created by the organization to assist us in decision making.
"She is a true asset to our borough, city and state, and I am incredibly excited to have her serve as the Executive Director of the Bronx Democratic Party," Bailey said.
In accepting her appointment, Collado said, "I am honored and excited to serve as the new Executive Director for the Bronx Dems and I am eager to work with chairman Bailey who is smart, passionate, and a proven leader in the Bronx."
"In this new capacity, my priority will be to make sure that the Bronx has dedicated and committed individuals representing the needs of our borough. I also want to ensure that the Bronx Dems are known for being inclusive now more than ever it is important that we work together.
"The past presidential administration left many individuals with a desire to engage in the democratic process and we need to create opportunities for those who want to participate," Collado concluded.
Since moving to the Bronx from the Dominican Republic at the age of two, Ariana has lived in various neighborhoods throughout the borough including Mott Haven, Westchester Square, and most recently Eastchester.
As a lifelong Bronxite, she comes to the organization with a wealth of knowledge and extensive relationships with people and organizations across the borough and the city at large.
Prior to her work in government, Ariana spent years organizing volunteers, fundraisers, and marches to support ALS (known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) research, mentored high school students through the iMentor program, and volunteered on multiple Democratic campaigns.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Lehman College and is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society.
Currently, Ariana is pursuing a Juris Doctorate at the City University of New York School of Law where she intends to focus on constitutional law and civil rights violations.