(born June 23, 1951 as Angel Manuel Falcón) is a political scientist
best known for starting the Institute for Puerto Rican Policy
(IPR) in New York City in the early 1980s, a nonprofit and nonpartisan policy center that focuses on Latino issues in the United States
. It is now known as the National Institute for Latino Policy and Falcón serves as its current President. He was also recently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia University School of Public and International Affairs
Falcón has been able to combine academic and policy research with an aggressive advocacy style based on broad coalition-building and community organizing. Noted for his caustic sense of humor and his progressive politics, he has become one of the longest-serving chief executives of a Latino nonprofit in the country who easily straddles the academic and community-based aspects of policy advocacy and organizing.
Angelo Falcón was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
on June 23, 1951, the only son of Dominga "Minga" Cordero and Angel Manuel "Mel" Falcón. He has lived in New York City since the age of six months and grew up in the Los Sures
(Southside) section of Williamsburg
, where he currently lives.
Falcón attended Public School 17 in Williamsburg, where his first grade teacher unilaterally changed his name to "Angelo" from "Angel," thinking it was a typo. He went on to attend the citywide specialized......