Alana Pilar Cantillo
Director of Government and Community Affairs, Charter Communications (PLEN Alumna)
Alana Pilar Cantillo has been the Director of Government Affairs for Charter Communications since November 2016. Charter Communications is the second largest cable operator in the United States, serving over 28 million residential and business customers in 41 states. Alana oversees community investment and municipal compliance in addition to national initiatives to expand digital access and diversity and inclusion in partnership with local stakeholders. She also supports agency and legislative goals in the metropolitan area.
Ms. Cantillo previously served as the Director of the New York City Council Progressive Caucus where she coordinated 18 Council offices to advance an agenda that promotes a more just and equal New York. Through legislation, funding of social service programs and advocacy, Alana lead multiple city-wide efforts that address inequalities in education, employment, housing and criminal justice.
Emigrated from Colombia and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Cantillo earned a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from Rutgers University and a MS in Bilingual Special Education from City College, City University of New York. She is a proud alumna of the New York City Teaching Fellows Program and Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. Alana has been recognized in City and State Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars list and is the recipient of the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Community Engagement Award. In addition to PLEN, Alana volunteers with multiple mentorship programs, the Isaac Neighborhood Center’s Junior Board and New York State Archives Partnership Trust Advisory Committee.