We Have A New Board Member

Welcoming Hector Diaz to SACHR

Dear Reader,

As a founding board member of SACHR, I can remember back to its origins as an underground syringe access program operating out of the trunk of our founder Joyce Rivera’s car. Nearly 30 years later, I am proud to continue to sit on the board and work alongside Joyce, who is still our CEO. Over that time, we have grown into a large, multiservice agency with more than 50 employees and a state-of-the-art harm reduction facility in the Bronx.

We have been fortunate to have attracted such a passionate and dedicated group of individuals to serve on the SACHR board, and I speak for all of us at the agency when I extend my deepest thank you to those who continue to serve as well as to those who have departed. With this in mind, I am happy to announce that we have found an exciting new member to join with us as we enter our 30th year – Hector L. Diaz.

Mr. Diaz has a long history of advocacy and achievement within our own South Bronx community as well as the larger New York City and State political arenas. We are honored that he has chosen the SACHR board to be his next area of focus, and we can hardly wait to see what impact his arrival will have on our continued efforts to serve the most marginalized and stigmatized members of the Bronx.

We hope you will join us in giving Mr. Diaz a warm welcome, and I would like to personally thank all of you reading this for your continued support. We are entering a new chapter in the history of our organization, and we look forward to taking the next steps together.

Sincerely,

Fr. Luis Barrios, Ph.D., FACFEI

A Message from Hector Diaz:

            As someone with longstanding ties to the Bronx community, I have watched as public health issues surrounding substance use, HIV, food insecurity, and other challenges impacted our neighborhoods. I have also observed that St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction has stood on the front lines of these struggles, consistently presenting innovative and cutting edge approaches that continue to serve people who often lack other support structures. In the 30 years since its founding, SACHR has grown into a leader in the field of harm reduction – advocating for policy change while tirelessly serving at-risk members of our community.

         I myself have spent decades within the New York City and State governments, working from the inside to bring progress and change to the area I now call home. The work I have done within the Bronx while serving as County Clerk, among other roles, has led me to fall in love with the borough – but it has also educated me about the challenges we are facing. I am eager to bring my knowledge and understanding of Bronx politics to SACHR as we continue to push for better policy and a healthier community.

         The SACHR board brings together a level of expertise, compassion, and professionalism that is rarely found. Being invited to join this group is a great honor, and one that I do not take lightly. I can hardly wait to see what the next chapter of our work looks like as we join together to elevate SACHR’s impact and fight for true harm reduction reform.

Thank you very much for this opportunity.

Sincerely,

Hector Diaz

Read Hector Diaz's Bio:

Hector L. Diaz was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. He attended Morris High school and Mercy College, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Baccalaureate in Psychology. Mr. Diaz served three years in the United States Army and was honorably discharged.

Mr. Diaz was the former City Clerk and Clerk of the Council, his duties included the overall supervision of the office of the Marriage License Bureau, Lobbying Bureau, as well as attesting to each local law enacted by the Council and all Legislation desired by affecting the City requiring concurrent action by the State Legislature.

Prior to becoming the City Clerk, Hector was the Bronx County Clerk for over 14 years. As County Clerk, he supervised a staff of over 70 employees. He was also the Commissioner of Jurors and the Clerk of the Supreme Court. Hector was the first Latino County Clerk in the State of New York.

Mr. Diaz was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1983. He served with distinction until he was appointed County Clerk of Bronx County. He chaired various standing committees and sub-committees in the Legislature. In 1987, he New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force was created by Hector and since its inception he chaired the Task Force successfully in increasing the involvement of the Latino community of New York State in the political process.

Mr. Diaz was the former City Clerk and Clerk of the Council, his duties included the overall supervision of the office of the Marriage License Bureau, Lobbying Bureau, as well as attesting to each local law enacted by the Council and all Legislation desired by affecting the City requiring concurrent action by the State Legislature.

Prior to becoming the City Clerk, Hector was the Bronx County Clerk for over 14 years. As County Clerk, he supervised a staff of over 70 employees. He was also the Commissioner of Jurors and the Clerk of the Supreme Court. Hector was the first Latino County Clerk in the State of New York.

Mr. Diaz has been active in the civic and political life of his community in the South Bronx for many years. A member of numerous organizations in the Bronx and throughout the State, Hector was also former Chairman of the Bronx Venture Corporation, Vice Chairman of the South Bronx Mental Health Council and Vice President of the Puerto Rican Conference of Bronx County. He also represented Bronx County as Commissioner of the Board of Elections, New York City. Hector is a member of the Board of Trustees of Boricua College, a member of the University of the State of New York Education Departments Local Government Records Advisory Council. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Unify Court System Bronx County Law Library.

Mr. Diaz has been active in the civic and political life of his community in the South Bronx for many years. A member of numerous organizations in the Bronx and throughout the State, Hector was also former Chairman of the Bronx Venture Corporation, Vice Chairman of the South Bronx Mental Health Council and Vice President of the Puerto Rican Conference of Bronx County. He also represented Bronx County as Commissioner of the Board of Elections, New York City. Hector is a member of the Board of Trustees of Boricua College, a member of the University of the State of New York Education Departments Local Government Records Advisory Council. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Unify Court System Bronx County Law Library.

He was the President of Acacia Network a non-for-profit organization, the largest Hispanic Organization in New York State and second largest in the country. Mr. Diaz is married to Miriam Martinez-Diaz – former Principal of Public School #25 in the South Bronx, City of New York. They have two children, Jessica Mia and Ricardo Antonio.