Manuel Natal is a Puerto Rican attorney and a member of Puerto Rico's House of Representatives since 2013. He graduated from Cornell University, where he was a member of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. and Sphinx Head Society. He served as Co-President of The Class of 2008 Alumni Council. He completed his Juris Doctor at University of Puerto Rico' Law School, where he served as President of the Student Council and graduated with honors.
At age 27, Manuel started his political career with an upset win during a special election held by the Popular Democratic Party to fill a vacant seat in Puerto Rico's House of Representatives. In 2014, he became the first elected official to propose a moratorium, audit and restructuring process for Puerto Rico’s public debt. In 2016, he championed a bill to create an independent commission to audit the Puerto Rico's public debt.
During 2016’s General Election, Manuel was reelected as Representative At-Large, securing the largest number of votes by any elected official within his party. Two years later, Manuel became an independent member of Puerto Rico's House of Representatives, after leaving the Popular Democratic Party due to differences of principles and values with the party's leadership. Representative Natal is currently is part of a new political movement that seeks to end corruption, overturn austerity, and move beyond historic stalemates. He will present his candidacy as Mayor of San Juan representing Victoria Ciudadana, which translates to "Citizen's Victory". Next November 2020, Manuel will become the first elected Mayor in Puerto Rico's history that is not affiliated to one of the two parties that have ruled the island for the last 75 years.