Carlos Manzano is a consultant specializing in public relations, marketing and business development projects for business and individual clients. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor in the M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications at New York University. He worked as Executive Director of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Latin Media and Entertainment Commission developing business plans to spur economic development, enhance the culture of the city, and attract tourism. His past professional experiences include working as an independent consultant and project manager in information technology and marketing projects for business and individual clients; as an Assistant Commissioner for the after-school "Beacons" program at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) managing a budget of nearly $37.9 million and a large staff; as a Project Coordinator-Computer Specialist for the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) where he was recognized with the 2001 Excellence in Technology Awards Program; as a recertifier for Section 8 Housing; as an Administrative Assistant for the Board of Elections; as an instructor and Teacher’s Assistant for the New York City Department of Education; and as a Computer Operator for Commerzbank.
Manzano has been involved in Democratic Party politics for two decades. He served as the New York State Democratic Committeeman from 1994 to 2007 on the Westside of Manhattan and served as the president of the McManus Democratic Association in the Clinton (Hell's Kitchen) for 20 years where he established an unprecedented record of membership, and community programs and activism.
In 1999, he ran unsuccessfully for the New York City Council on the Westside of Manhattan, coming in second place in a field of four candidates. In 2005, he ran unsuccessfully for Manhattan Borough President. He emphasized preparedness in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. In the race, he received the endorsements of former New York schools chancellor Frank Macchiarola, The Sopranos star Michael Imperioli, and former New York Giants head coach Allie Sherman.
Manzano graduated from Martin Van Buren High School with honors. He holds a B.A. degree from Queens College and an M.S. degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications and an M.P.A. degree in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, both from New York University (NYU). He is a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.