About Julio

Mr. Julio Pabón is an accomplished professional with experience in all aspects of management and operations gained through more than 40 years of work experience. He attended New York University and worked towards a Masters Degree in Public Administration and has a Bachelors degree from H. H. Lehman College in the Bronx. He has been a community and political activist since the early 1970’s.  Mr. Pabòn has labored towards issues affecting poor communities including the growing Puerto Rican/Latino community on health, education, employment, poverty and civil rights.

Mr. Pabón has worked to develop, refine and implement strategies to assist in launching and growing local businesses. Mr. Pabón has collaborated in establishing three businesses in the South Bronx and has a deep commitment to investing in the future of the community. He is the founder of Morivivi Language Services, Inc. which is one of the first minority owned and operated interpreting firms in the city. He is also the founder of a sports media and marketing firm “Latino Sports”. Today, Latino Sports is recognized as a leader in promoting positive Latino role models, assuring equal coverage for Latino athletes and providing career opportunities to young people in sports. He is also co-founder of the first Bed & Breakfast in the South Bronx, Mi Casa Tu Casa.

Mr. Pabón is an established writer who has been published in the Daily News, New York Times, El Diario – La Prensa, Periodico HOY, ViVA magazine, and a host of community newspapers. He is also a contributor to the Huffington Post and writes a blog on www.nyclatinopolitics.com.

Mr. Pabòn, son of a migrant farm-worker, came to the South Bronx from Puerto Rico with his father, when he was just  4 years-old. He has raised 3 beautiful, educated children who are currently working in various fields across the country. He also has 6 grand-children who are being instilled with the values of social justice.

Mr. Pabón has a home in the South Bronx where he initiated a homeowners’ organization – The South Bronx Community Association – to protect and improve the quality of life of the neighborhood. He was one of the key persons responsible for the establishment of the South Bronx Job Corps program and one of the founding members of the South Bronx Community Congress. He has two daughters and a son (who like himself) attended Public School in the Bronx. He is very proud to have raised his children in the South Bronx. He also has six (6) grand children.

His personal & professional mission statement:  “I am committed to living my life with care and compassion for all people, with a strong emphasis on family. Professionally, I am committed developing strong economic community empowerment. Personally, I am passionate about raising a self-aware, engaged, and happy family, and to ensuring physical, spiritual, and mental health for all people. Everyone must strive to help others in every way one can.”

Accomplishments:

Founder of the Herbert H. Lehman College Latino Alumni Association

Founder of the Young Caciques Youth Leadership Program

Founder of the Latino Sports Writers & Broadcasters Association (LSWBA)

Founder of the Retire 21 Campaign (to retire Roberto Clemente’s number)

Co-Founder of the South Bronx Congress

Co-Founder of the Coalition in Defense of Puerto Rican & Hispanic Rights

Co-Founder National Puerto Rican Business Council

Co-Founder of the Rainbow Push Latino Sports Project

Co-Founder of “La Hora Deportiva” first bi-lingual radio sports talk show in NY

Co-Founder of the Latino Sports Initiative

Co-Founder South Bronx Community Association

Member at La Resurrecion United Methodist Church

Co-Founder of Boricuas For A Positive Image

Co-Founder of Open Discovery

 

Served on the following Board of Directors:

United Bronx Parents

Bronx Museum of the Arts

Pueblo En Marcha

Promesa Foundation, Inc.,

Martin Luther King Health Center,

Angels Unaware

NAICA

 

Prior political office experience:

NY Congressman Jose Serrano’s 1986 campaign for Bronx Borough President

Executive Director for Assemblyman Serrano’s Constituent Office

Director of Latino Affairs for NYC Council President Andrew Stein

Press Consultant on Liz Holtzman for Comptroller campaign.

Media Consultant on Mayoral campaign for David Dinkins and co-founder of Latinos for Dinkins

 

Awards and Recognitions:

1991 – NY State Federation of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award

1993 – The American Dream – Community Service Academy IS 218

1995 – Shining Stars of the Community Award – Bronx Chapter Red Cross

1996 – Appreciation Award, Promesa, Inc.

1997 – Hispanic Entrepreneur Award given by the Mutual of New York

1998 – Yankee Doodle Award – One of New York’s Most Concerned Citizens given by the Jack Newfield in the New York Post along with Michael Moore and 8 others.

1998 – Lo Mejor de Nuestra Communidad Award – Comite Noviembre

1999 – Hostos Community College – For Devoted/Loyal Service to the Betterment of the Hispanic community

2000 – One Hundred Most Influential Hispanics – Hispanic Business Magazine

2001 One Hundred Moving Companies by Impacto Magazine.

2002 National Puerto Rican Day Parade’s Betances Award

2003 Clemente Community Award

2004 Awarded the Bronx Borough President’s Community Achievement Award for service to youth.

2005 Inducted into the Latin – American International Sports Hall of Fame

2006 Named one of the most influential Latinos in Sports by NY Post

2007 Named the #1 most influential Latino in sports by Latin Tempo magazine

2008 Maestros Illustres Award NJ State Puerto Rican Parade

National Hispanic Heritage Community Service Award by Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

2009 Community Service Award – South Bronx Community Coalition

2010 Reconocimiento Exemplar – Municipio de Guayama, PR

2013 Proclama del Alcalde de Guayama, PR (Proclamation from the Mayor of Guayama, PR)

2014 LSWBA award for in depth publishing site, Latinosports.com

2015 Recognition Certificate of Merit from The Boston, MA City Council

2016 Man of the Year Award (With Woman of the year-Sen. Elizabeth Warren) – LULAC, Wash. DC