Luis A. Miranda Jr.
How do we build community to change the world forever? Luis Miranda Jr. is more than just the father of Hamilton playwright, Lin-Manuel Miranda. He is a prominent thought-leader who embodies the unyielding spirit of progress of American immigrants. Drawing on his four decades of experience as a leader in the public, private, political, and advocacy sectors, Miranda will join us in Sonoma to reflect on what his experience tells us about our ever-changing politics, demographics, and society.
Miranda is a remarkable figure on the Latino, New York, and national political scene. In the 1980s, he was a special advisor for Hispanic Affairs to Mayor Ed Koch, and he continued to serve in key roles for the Dinkins and Giuliani administrations. As a founding partner of the MirRam Group, Miranda consulted on the senatorial campaigns of Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
His upcoming memoir, Relentless: My Story of the Latino Spirit That Is Transforming America, tells the moving story of his life and career. It begins with his early days as a Puerto Rican activist and follows his journey through decades of providing political advice and solving problems. The book offers a glimpse into the excitement of the phenomenon that was and is Hamilton and the pain of the devastation of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria.
Miranda’s book is essential reading from an expert voice our country needs. His personal and political memoir reveals a deep understanding of Latino culture and the importance of building community to change the world for the better.
Miranda moved to New York City from Puerto Rico in 1974 to study psychology at NYU. However, he soon found himself drawn to community action, organizing his neighbors to fight for better schools for their children. During the 1980s, he served as a special advisor for Hispanic Affairs to Mayor Ed Koch and continued to hold key roles in the Dinkins and Giuliani administrations.
In 2020, his documentary “Siempre, Luis” premiered on HBO Max. The documentary follows Miranda’s life as a longtime fighter for the Latinx communities, showing his journey from Puerto Rico to the halls of government as a powerful lobbyist in NYC, and later as a leader in relief efforts following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.
Under Miranda’s stewardship, his family has dramatically expanded their philanthropic endeavors since Hamilton’s critical and commercial success, with a focus on increasing people of color’s representation throughout the arts and government, ensuring access to women’s reproductive health, and preserving and strengthening the arts in Puerto Rico.
Miranda was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to New York City after earning his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puerto Rico.
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