Karina Claudio Betancourt is a program officer for U.S. Programs’ Puerto Rico Project. She is a skilled community organizer with several years of management, advocacy, policy analysis, fundraising, and grant-writing experience focused on empowering low-wage workers, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and people living in the intersection of these identities.
Prior to joining Open Society, Claudio Betancourt was with the New York City Council, where she served as the senior director of the Community Engagement Division in the Office of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. In this capacity, she directed the implementation of a citywide participatory budgeting project, as well as the implementation of several pro-LGBTQ rights policies.
From 2008 to 2014, she worked at Make the Road New York, overseeing its LGBTQ Justice Project. She also helped open the project’s new office in Brentwood, Long Island, where she supervised immigration, housing, civic engagement, and leadership development programs.
Claudio Betancourt grew up in Puerto Rico, where she attended the University of Puerto Rico, graduating with a BA in interdisciplinary studies. She moved to New York City in 2007, and received an MA in performance studies from New York University.