Mayra Peters-Quintero is part of the Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice team. She has worked on migrant and immigrant rights and her grant making has supported national, state, and local organizations that advance sound policy for immigrants.
Mayra joined the foundation in 2008. Over the course of her career, she has worked on immigrant rights issues in the public, academic, and nonprofit sectors. As director of the Bureau of Immigrant Workers' Rights at the New York State Department of Labor, she led a statewide initiative to protect and advance the rights of immigrants in New York and develop and reform government agency policies affecting immigrants.
Prior to that, she taught at New York University School of Law, co-directing its Immigrant Rights Clinic. Her work there focused on low-wage and immigrant worker representation and providing legal aid to community-based organizations. She also developed the first immigrant rights project at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a national civil rights organization, where she served as a Skadden Fellow and associate counsel. Earlier, she completed a US district court clerkship with Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. of the Eastern District of New York.
Mayra earned a joint degree in law from NYU, where she was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar, and international development from Princeton University, where she was a Ford Foundation Fellow. She completed her bachelor's degree in political economy at the University of California, Berkeley. She is originally from Panama.