Born and raised in Southeast Queens Latoya’s passion for civic engagement began at an early age. She got her start as an organizer at the age of 13 in a local city council race. As a college student she served as an intern for local Congressman Gregory Meeks. 

In 2012, Latoya served as the Outreach Director to the Second Chance Program at the National Action Network in Harlem. During this time she coordinated on key criminal justice reforms such as reentry programs and the Ban the Box law. A year later, she would be one of the first to volunteer for the late Kenneth Thompson’s campaign for District Attorney. Mr. Thompson thought so highly of Latoya’s efforts and passion for criminal justice reform that her volunteer campaign position became a full time job in his administration. 

She would go on to serve as an Associate to the Office of Public Engagement at the Brooklyn DA. In that role she was able to help craft the education unit agenda and work with a NBA sponsored sports program to combat gang violence while encouraging community police relations.

In 2016, She joined the office of State Senator James Sanders Jr. In this role she was successful at convening hearings with the financial industry, facilitating MWBE initiatives, and developing coalitions around the multi-billion dollar JFK renewal which led to the creation of the JFK Redevelopment Advisory Council within the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Earlier this year, Latoya was elected as a Queens County Judicial Delegate, garnering over 4,000 votes. 

LaToya is a graduate of John Adams High School. She holds a bachelor’s in Public Administration from John Jay College and Master’s in Urban Policy from Brooklyn College. 

A Message From Latoya Benjamin Candidate for City Council District 31

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