Zellnor Myrie is a Brooklyn native, lawyer, and longtime affordable housing advocate. Zellnor derives inspiration for his public service from his mother who moved to Brooklyn 40 years ago from Costa Rica on the promise of a mattress in a friend’s apartment and a job at a factory. His father has been a special education teacher for the past 17 years, and is a current member of The United Federation of Teachers. Zellnor was raised primarily by his mother in a rent-stabilized apartment in Prospect Lefferts Gardens allowing him to attend one of the best public schools in the borough. Zellnor’s mother never let the challenges of being a new immigrant hinder Zellnor’s education.
Zellnor is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, earned his B.A. in Communications and M.A. in Urban Studies from Fordham University. After Fordham, Zellnor worked as Legislative Director for City Councilman Fernando Cabrera where, among other bills, he helped draft and pass the Tenant Bill of Rights.
After leaving the City Council, Zellnor became chair of his Neighborhood Advisory Board where, through community organizing, he helped secure nearly $400,000 in federal funding for job training, after school programming, and tenant protection. Zellnor then went to Cornell Law School where he served as student body president, an editor on the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, a constitutional law instructor in prison, and as a Pro Bono Scholar — a position that allowed him to take the New York Bar early and spend his last semester working full-time at Justice 360, a criminal justice reform organization.
As an associate at a private Manhattan law firm, Zellnor remained committed to public service. Zellnor provided over 600 hours of pro bono service to immigrants seeking asylum, victims of police brutality and illegal stop-and-frisks, special education students not receiving services from the Department of Education, and victims of domestic violence. Zellnor also remained committed to his community as a member of the Neighborhood Advisory Board, junior board for the Legal Aid Society, and president of his building’s tenant’s association.
Zellnor is committed to giving back to the Brooklyn community that raised him and is passionate about securing affordable housing for families like his own, strengthening our public education system, immigrant rights, and criminal justice reform.
Zellnor Myrie (conocido por sus amigos como “Z”) es un nativo de Brooklyn y es un abogado que trabaja en una firma privada de abogados. Zellnor es un activista de su comunidad, miembro de la Junta de Asesoramiento del Barrio (Neighborhood Advisory Board,) y crítico de la Conferencia Democrática Independiente (IDC) en Albany.
La madre de Zellnor es su inspiración y motivo por cual el quiere dedicar su vida al servicio público. Hace 40 años su mama emigró a Brooklyn desde Costa Rica. En ese entonces ella sólo disponía de un colchón y un trabajo en una fábrica. Ella crió a Zellnor en un apartamento de alquiler-estabilizado en Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Ella trabajó duro para que Zellnor pudiera asistir a una de las mejores escuelas públicas de la ciudad. La madre de Zellnor nunca permitió que los desafíos de ser un nuevo inmigrante impidiera la educación de su hijo.
Zellnor es graduado del colegio Brooklyn Technical High School, obtuvo su B.A. y M.A. de Fordham University, y su J.D. de Cornell Law School. Durante sus estudios en Cornell, Zellnor fue presidente de la Asociación de Estudiantes y se graduó un semestre más temprano que sus compañeros para trabajar con Justice360, como abogado “Pro Bono” defendiendo clientes acusados de crímenes capitales.