Athena Moore has served as Director of the Northern Manhattan Office for Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Director of Public Policy at the National Black Leadership Commission on HIV/AIDS, and a budget & policy analyst for former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer. But her true work has been as an advocate for Harlem supporting families and empowering individuals to build a better community.
Athena Moore grew up in a low-income home in New York City. Her father fought in the Korean War but passed away from substance abuse after returning from the war when Athena was just six-years-old. Athena's mother fought mental illness that left her unable to care for her. Athena’s grandparents and siblings raised her in public housing provided by the city. Growing up in New York City, Athena felt empowered by the strength of her grandmother.
After graduating high school, Athena attended Oberlin College where her interest in social justice campaigns and community organizing blossomed. A first generation college graduate and the first in her college to receive a Master's Degree, Athena understands the importance of education to empower young people to build a better future for themselves and their communities.
After college, Athena returned to New York City with the mission to support her local community. She joined the team of former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer as a budget and policy analyst. Athena’s early experience in city government sparked her career in community organizing and leadership to use government as a tool to strengthen individuals and revitalize the community.
Athena continued her work in government for more than 20 years. Her expertise and leadership through the years has spanned working with all levels of city, state and federal government, and serving on boards and as liaison to various community based and civic groups.
Athena’s passion for strengthening the Harlem community has guided her throughout her career.
Athena was Associate Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers-NYC Chapter and a consultant at the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. She served as Executive Director of Black Equity Alliance at the United Way of New York City and as a senior manager for the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. She worked with over 240 nonprofits, multiservice centers and settlement house across New York City. Athena is an advocate for social services that empower individuals to better support their families and strengthen the community.
Athena worked as the Director of the Northern Manhattan Office for Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. She provided critical input in land use, budget and legislative decisions impacting the district. Athena partnered with Harlem community leaders – Congressman Rangel, Councilwoman Dickens, Assemblyman Wright, Assemblyman Farrell and Senator Perkins. She launched initiatives to create greater access to government. Athena improved service delivery for local residents, tenant leaders and block associations through her storefront office.
Today, Athena remains committed to her mission to support and strengthen Harlem. As a proud, single mother of an eleven-year-old daughter, Athena believes in building a strong, safe community for families.
Athena is prepared from day-one to fight for the Harlem community as a candidate to New York City Council in District 9.