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Mario Matos, Jr.

 

As one of the first Puerto Ricans to serve on the Board of Directors at Municipal Credit Union, a post he has held since 2009, Mario Matos, Jr. advocates not only for the members of MCU, but for the credit union and co-operative movements as well. Yearly, he walks the halls of Congress and the New York State Legislature to deliver the credit union movement’s message regarding its most critical issues. As Municipal Credit Union’s Assistant Treasurer, Mr. Matos is the Chairman of the Budget Committee and Vice Chair of the Fiscal Committee. Mario is also the Chairman of MCU’s Membership & Member Loans Committee, Vice Chair of the Legislative Committee and a member of the Coordinating Committee. Currently he also serves on the Centennial Committee where he chairs the Centennial Journal subcommittee. In addition, Mario is a member of the 2017 Election Committee, and chairs the Ad-Hoc Succession Planning & Evaluation Sub-committee.

Mr. Matos has more than three decades of experience in government and education. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Mario served the Government of Puerto Rico, under the administration of the Hon. Nydia M. Velazquez, at the Department of Puerto Rican Community Affairs in the United States. As Operations Director, he supervised a talented team of individuals in a voter registration drive called "Atrévete" that signed up over 150,000 new voters in the Puerto Rican community.

At City Hall, he served as Legislative Aide to then Councilman José Rivera, Chief of Staff to former Council Member Adam Clayton Powell IV, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff for New York City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera.. As a member of the United Federation of Teachers, Mr. Matos served as his Brooklyn school’s Delegate and Chapter Leader. In addition, he served as Delegate for the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the New York State United Teachers, the New York City Central Labor Council, and the United Federation of Teachers, where he was also an Executive Board Member.

Mario is a graduate of Baruch College’s School of Business and has received a Master's Degree in Special Education at St. John's University as well as a Masters Degree in School Administration from Touro College. He now works in Community School District 24, his home district, at Queens’ Maspeth High School-New York’s Classical High School. Mario served the Bushwick, Brooklyn community for 19 years at the former Halsey Middle School - I.S. 296.

Mario has also volunteered his time as President of the 104th Precinct Community Council, and as a member of the Ridgewood YMCA's Board of Managers.

A native of Brooklyn, Mr. Matos was born in New York City to Lucy and Mario Sr. who migrated from Puerto Rico at the turn of the 1960’s. Both are retired and were members of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union and the International Ladies Garments Workers Union respectively.

He and his wife Cinthia, who is also a New York City educator, reside in Queens, and have three children and four grandchildren. Mario’s sister, Luz, is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, serving at a VA Medical Center.