City of Charlotte announces Federico Rios to Lead Office of International Relations

Jordan-Ashley Walker

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 8, 2018) – City Manager Marcus D. Jones is pleased to announce that Federico Rios will serve as the city’s first immigrant and integration manager.

Rios will work to actively engage Charlotte immigrant communities by creating and enhancing   international community and business connections. This includes making connections through the area consular corps, expanding businesses in overseas markets, connecting with immigrant business owners and building Charlotte’s reputation as a diverse and welcoming community.

“As Charlotte continues to be recognized as a global leader, Federico will strengthen relationships with international businesses and the international community,” Jones said. “His experience, people skills and compassion make him distinctly qualified to lead these community building efforts.”

Rios currently serves as the program director for the Northeast Learning Community and Newcomer Services programs. He also has served as the site coordinator for Hidden Valley Elementary with the Communities in Schools program. Rios has a unique set of skills including experience as a crisis intervention specialist, a qualified mental health professional and a special education teacher. Furthermore, Rios has been an active and engaged community builder in Charlotte including his work with the Leading on Opportunity Council and Charlotte Immigrant Services program.

Rios, a native of Queens, New York, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Rios, along with his wife and two sons, have called Charlotte home for 11 years.

His first day on the job will be Tuesday, Jan. 16.

This news release is available in Spanish here. Copies of this news release translated into Vietnamese, French, German, Greek, Hindi and Mandarin are available upon request.


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