Carlos Delgado is a dynamic and high-performance professional with more than 12 years of combined experiences and increasing responsibility in the public, private and not for profit sectors of the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Passionate about economic development, equity, public policy, future of work/workforce development, community engagement, and public-private partnerships, Carlos leads the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship, a technical assistance, capacity building and leadership program in partnership between National League of Cities (NLC), Policy Link, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). In this role, he works with an annual cohort of U.S. cities to help them pursue more equitable and inclusive economic outcomes, advising Mayors, city leaders and diverse stakeholders how to create access to economic opportunities within all of their communities and to intentionally include an equity lens in their economic development strategies. The former cohort of cities included Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Phoenix and Sacramento. The current cohort includes the cities of Birmingham, New Orleans, St. Louis and Stockton. He also co-leads another technical assistance program in partnership with the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI), the Shared Equity in Economic Development (SEED) Fellowship program, where he is advising the cities of Atlanta, Durham, Miami and Philadelphia to make broad-based business ownership an essential tool in their equitable economic development strategies.

Prior to this, Carlos built his economic development career in Canada where he worked for the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) agency of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and for the Region of Durham, a regional municipal government in the GTA. During his tenure at the Region of Durham, Carlos was also part of the Region’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, which was responsible for designing and drafting the Region’s first Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, and he also was appointed Chair of the Ontario Manufacturing Communities Alliance (OMCA), a sector-based partnership between five Ontario municipalities, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, the Ontario Ministry of International Trade, and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to collectively promote the advanced manufacturing sector of the five member municipalities internationally. He holds master degrees in Business Administration (MBA) from Syracuse University and in Public Administration (MPA) from Queen’s University. In addition, Carlos completed a Certificate Program in Economic Development offered by the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

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