Mayor of Madrid
Manuela Carmena is a retired Spanish lawyer, emeritus judge of the Spanish Supreme Court and Mayor of Madrid since 13 June 2015. After graduating law school in 1965, she became a defender of the workers and detainees during Franco’s dictatorship, and co-founder of a labor law office where the1977 Massacre of Atocha took place. As a judge she began an almost solitary fight to prevent corruption in existing courts. In 1986 she received the National Human Rights Award. She was a member of the general Council of the Judiciary, and a founder of the progressive association Judges for democracy.