Yudelka Tapia has worked and organized in her community for over 25 years since coming to the Bronx from the Dominican Republic. Born in Santo Domingo, Yudelka studied Accounting from O&M University in the Dominican Republic, where she was the President of the ‘Union Dominicana de Mujeres’(Dominican Women’s Union), a national organization that organized and educated women. Tapia came to New York, studied at Bronx Community College and works as a Senior Auditor for the City of New York.
In1994, Yudelka founded the Great Alliance Democratic Club, the first Dominican based political club in the Bronx, within the Democratic Party. In 2002 she was elected as State Committee Member for Assembly District 86th, a position for which she has been reelected three times. In 2010, she was elected district leader of the same Assembly District. In these capacities, Yudelka has already been elected by and has served the community in which she is currently running for over a decade.
A fighter for quality education, Yudelka’s four sons attended New York City public schools where Ms. Tapia served as President of the Parent Teacher Association of Theodore Roosevelt High School, President of the Parent Teacher Association of MS 118 and the School Leadership Team of MS 118 and PS 15.
In 2002, one of Yudelka’s son was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. As a mother, she began to promote the importance of organ donation and participates as a committee member of the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America (KUFA) to ensure that our most vulnerable have a spokesperson and an advocate.
Yudelka has been a fighter for workers her whole life and played an integral role in forming the NYS Livery Taxi & Bases Owners Federation on whose board of directors she sat for many years. In her own professional working career, Yudelka serves on the Executive Board of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO- DC37, Local 1407, of which she is a member.
A vocal proponent of civic engagement, Yudelka Tapia became a member of the National Voting Rights Commission where she raised awareness of voting and voters rights throughout New York City, as well as her district. Additionally, Yudelka has been a founding member of many organizations that empower members of her community, including Young Adults Against Drugs and Alcohol (YAADA), Center of Alternative Communication, Dominican Federation of Women, etc.
Ms. Tapia continues working closely with elected officials and the political leadership of the Bronx, to bring solutions to the problems facing our community.