Luis A. Miranda, Jr.

Luis A. Miranda, Jr., has almost four decades of experience as a leader in the public and private sectors. A native of Puerto Rico, Miranda was director of field services and research at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, and held managerial positions at the Community Service Society, the NYC Department of Employment, the NYC Board of Education, and Aspira of New York.  

In the 1980s he was a special advisor for hispanic affairs to Mayor Edward I. Koch, and served as director of the Mayor’s Office for Hispanic Affairs from 1987 to 1989. He was appointed to the Board of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation by Mayor Koch in 1989, served during the Dinkins administration, and in 1993, was appointed its chairman by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Under Miranda’s leadership New York City’s vast public hospital network saw marked improvements in quality of care and financial stability.

In 1990, Miranda became the founding president of the Hispanic Federation, one of the nation’s leading Latino nonprofit organizations dedicated to addressing the human services and health needs of the Hispanic community. As president, Miranda became one of New York City’s leading voices for increased support to Latino nonprofits and a widely admired partner for corporate and private philanthropic leaders.

Miranda, a founding partner of MirRam Group, has consulted on a number of successful political campaigns. He was part of the team that managed successful US Senate campaigns for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Charles Schumer, and Kirsten Gillibrand. In 2001 and 2005 he was one of the leaders of Fernando Ferrer’s historic mayoral campaigns, and served as lead consultant to many candidates for the New York City Council and the New York State Assembly. Miranda was lead consultant in the election of Letitia James as public advocate, the first African American woman elected citywide.

His leadership extends beyond the world of public affairs. In 2000, he founded the Amber Charter School in East Harlem, one of the few charter schools in New York at the time to welcome unionized faculty. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity.  

Miranda is currently the chairperson of The Broadway League’s Latino audience development program, Viva Broadway. He is a board member of the John Jay College Foundation, vice chair of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and a member of the advisory boards to Nielsen Ratings and R.Evolucion Latina. 

Miranda pursued graduate work in psychology at New York University and holds a BA from the University of Puerto Rico. He and his wife, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, have been married for forty years and have two adult children, Luz Miranda-Crespo and Lin-Manuel Miranda.