Meet Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine

Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine was elected on November 2nd, 2021 and took office on January 1st, 2022. A former bi-lingual math and science teacher and the founder of Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, Mark was first elected to represent the 7th Council district–one of the most diverse in New York City–covering West Harlem/Hamilton Heights, Morningside Heights, and parts of the Upper West Side and Washington Heights. In his eight years in the New York City Council, Mark was a leader in New York City for tenants rights, public health, and equity in our schools, transit, parks, and housing. 

Mark’s work in the City Council included chairing the Committee on Health, a role he had throughout the COVID 19 pandemic. During that time, he helped guide the city and New Yorkers through the public health emergency, emphasizing science-based policies, pushing the city to prioritize equity in its response, and providing  information that New Yorkers needed to keep themselves and their families safe.  

In addition to his work on the Committee on Health, Mark passed first-in-the-nation legislation guaranteeing a right-to-counsel for tenants facing eviction in housing court, leading to significant declines in the number of families in the city losing their homes due to eviction. He championed the creation of hundreds of units of affordable housing, and fought to improve public transit, invest in infrastructure and ensure New York City streets were safe and efficient for all New Yorkers to use. He also served as the Chair of the Council’s Parks Committee on Parks and Recreation, championing greater investment in green space and securing millions of dollars in funding for neglected parks in neighborhoods that have not received adequate support and investment. 

At the start of his career, Mark taught bilingual math and science at Junior High School 149 in District 7 in the South Bronx. He went on to found Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, a community development financial institution which has made $25 million in small loans to low-income families and small businesses in Northern Manhattan. Mark earned a B.A. in physics from Haverford College and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. 

Mark lives with his family in Washington Heights. He and his wife Ivelisse are proud parents of their sons Alejandro and Daniel. He speaks Spanish, Hebrew and a smattering of other languages.