Assistant Director in City of Charlotte’s Housing and Neighborhood Services Department
Federico Rios is an Assistant Director in City of Charlotte’s Housing and Neighborhood Services Department. Federico helps manage several city initiatives dealing with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Economic Mobility and Immigrant Integration. In his role, he is charged with helping to eliminate systemic barriers. Prior to joining the city, he spent eight and half years with Communities in Schools Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
As the founding Director of the Newcomer Services Program, Federico in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools created a case management model to serve newly arrived and often highly traumatized, Central American youth. As the child of an Immigrant mother, Federico has felt a deep sense of calling to his work. His commitment to service is driven by his desire to see all of the members of our community have equitable access to opportunities. Apart from the roles that have already been mentioned Federico has served the community as a Crisis Intervention Specialist, Qualified Mental Health Professional and educator.
He is a former member of the Leading on Opportunity Council, and currently serves on Mental Health America’s Policy and Advocacy Committee, the Communities In Schools Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Directors, the Equitable Communities Board of Directors, and as the Vice Chair for the Carolina Migrant Network’s Board of Directors. He is a recipient of La Noticia’s 2018 Excelente Award for Community Service Person of the Year and of the 2020 Cesar Chavez Liderazgo award. His proudest accomplishment is being a husband to his wife Lakisha and father to his two boys Elias and Jaden.