Luis A. Miranda Jr.

Board Chair

Luis A. Miranda, Jr. has four decades of experience as a leader in the public, private, political, and advocacy sectors.  He arrived in New York City from Puerto Rico in 1974 to study psychology at NYU but soon found himself drawn to community action when he organized his neighbors to fight for better schools for their children. In the 1980s he was a special advisor for Hispanic Affairs to Mayor Ed Koch, and he continued to serve in key roles for the Dinkins and Giuliani administrations. As a founding partner of the MirRam Group, Miranda has consulted on several successful political campaigns, including the senatorial campaigns of Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Most recently he managed New York Attorney General Letitia James’ successful reelection. Miranda is the founding president of the Hispanic Federation and is currently the chairperson of the Latino Victory Fund, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Viva Broadway and the Public Theater. He is a board member of The City, and former chair of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Miranda’s memoir, Relentless: My Story of the Latino Spirit That Is Transforming America, released by Hachette Books in both English and Spanish on May 7, 2024.  In Relentless, he shares the fascinating narrative of his life and career—from his early days as a radically minded Puerto Rican activist to his decades of political advice and problem-solving.

Luis and his wife, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, have three children, Luz Miranda-Crespo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Miguel Towns.  Now as adults, Luz Miranda-Crespo and Lin-Manuel Miranda are married to Luis Crespo and Vanessa Nadal, respectively, with children of their own. For over 40 years, Luis Miranda and Dr. Towns-Miranda have been community activists since their first date in 1978, and since HAMILTON’s critical and commercial success, the family has expanded their work with additional resources through the Miranda Family Fund and Miranda Family Fellowship. Luis shepherds all the family’s philanthropic endeavors, which span increasing people of color’s representation throughout the arts and government, ensuring access to women’s reproductive health, and preserving and strengthening the arts in Puerto Rico.

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