Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega was born January 3, 1952 in East Harlem in New York City. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Education from New York University and in 1995 received a PhD in African Studies from Temple University.
Dr. Moreno-Vega established the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institue (CCCADI) in 1976, inspired by a vision to create an international organization to promote and link communities of African She has guided the capital campaign for the renovation of the landmark firehouse at 120 East 125th Street that will be the Center’s new home.
Dr. Moreno Vega has been an advocate for cultural equity cultural studies and education. As the second director of El Museo del Barrio, one of the founders of the Association of Hispanic Arts, Network of Centers of Color and the Roundtable of Institutions of Colors
She has contributed to assuring that the contributions of African and African descendants are integral to the lives of civil society in the Americas. She has also conducted research in Yoruba belief systems in the African Diaspora and has organized international conferences uniting scholars and leading traditional experts focused on expanding the knowledge and importance of sacred African Diaspora traditions.