Arleny Alvarado-McCalla is a longtime Brooklyn resident. The third child of Honduran immigrants, Arleny and her family moved from Hoboken, New Jersey to Brooklyn in the early 1980s. Arleny saw educational inequities firsthand as the mother of public school children. She served as PTA treasurer at her children's school, while working full-time at the Bank of New York, studying at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, and acting as a caregiver to her elderly parents. Through the years, Arleny has seen that her neighborhood has gone through many changes and consistently supported her local elected officials in finding solutions to many of her community's problems. The COVID-19 pandemic has given her the opportunity to look beyond her own needs and see to it that the needs of underserved communities are met. She has partnered up with local nonprofits to establish a pop-up food distribution site in her front yard, and delivers food to homebound constituents.
As the 54th AD District Leader and candidate for Chair, Arleny hopes to bring about change in her district, and across Brooklyn. Arleny believes that the only way to accomplish long-lasting goals is through unity. If elected, she will be the first Latino woman to hold this position.