Andrés Portela is a Democrat running for the Tucson City Council to represent Ward 6. He is on the ballot in the Democratic primary on August 3, 2021. He is running against incumbent Steve Kozachik and Miranda Schubert, who are also running in the Democratic primary for Tucson City Council Ward 6.
Andrés will speak about Building Community through Prioritizing Our H.O.M.E.
HousingOpportunityMobility JusticeEnvironmental Justice
Today, Andrésis a New American Leader, Monzon institute fellow, and the Deputy Director of Arizona Coalition for Change and Our Voice, Our Vote Arizona.
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Andrés was raised in Sierra Vista. He found home and community in both Tucson as his mother is 3rd generation Black Tucsonan.
He was a policy intern for Congressman Ron Barber during his time at the University of Arizona. He realized constituent services and being a representative of his community is ultimately what he wanted for his life.
After graduating, Andrésworked for SWFHC as a Regional Marketing and Community Development Director, which earned him the distinction of National Fair Housing Alliance Emerging Leader in Civil Rights. Andres began leading community conversations to create change within the city tied to gentrification, displacement, and community development, which ultimately landed him a job working for Council Member Santa Cruz as a Senior Policy Advisor. During this time, he created the Commission on Equitable Housing and Development, the Office of Equity, and the ordinance to denounce white supremacy.
He received national distinctions as a Black Futures Lab Policy Fellow and the Young Black Organizers Project Fellowship.