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Tonantzin Carmona

David M. Rubenstein Fellow - Brookings Metro

Tonantzin Carmona is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at Brookings Metro. She has committed her professional career to designing and implementing inclusive and equitable public policy solutions that center the voices and needs of marginalized communities. Her research interests include public finance, race and ethnicity, economic inequality, and immigrant integration at the state and local level.

Carmona is an experienced practitioner, and her professional background spans roles in public policy, communications, community outreach, politics and philanthropy. Previously, Carmona spearheaded innovative, citywide policy initiatives when she served as the Chief of Policy for the Chicago City Clerk and as the Director of the Office of New Americans at the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office. As Chief of Policy, Carmona led the Chicago Fines, Fees & Access Collaborative, which culminated in significant reforms of the City’s regressive public finance policies. She also launched Chicago’s municipal ID program and led the creation of several immigrant integration policies in Chicago, including the city’s first language access ordinance. Additionally, Carmona championed federal policies through her work as the Illinois Political Director for the 2020 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and as Senator Warren’s Deputy Press Secretary.

Carmona holds an M.P.A from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University.

Tonantzin Carmona is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at Brookings Metro. She has committed her professional career to designing and implementing inclusive and equitable public policy solutions that center the voices and needs of marginalized communities. Her research interests include public finance, race and ethnicity, economic inequality, and immigrant integration at the state and local level.

Carmona is an experienced practitioner, and her professional background spans roles in public policy, communications, community outreach, politics and philanthropy. Previously, Carmona spearheaded innovative, citywide policy initiatives when she served as the Chief of Policy for the Chicago City Clerk and as the Director of the Office of New Americans at the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office. As Chief of Policy, Carmona led the Chicago Fines, Fees & Access Collaborative, which culminated in significant reforms of the City’s regressive public finance policies. She also launched Chicago’s municipal ID program and led the creation of several immigrant integration policies in Chicago, including the city’s first language access ordinance. Additionally, Carmona championed federal policies through her work as the Illinois Political Director for the 2020 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and as Senator Warren’s Deputy Press Secretary.

Carmona holds an M.P.A from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University.

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