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Elizabeth Adams, Policy & Research Associate, Planned Parenthood of New York City

	Elizabeth	Adams	Elizabeth Adams currently works as a Policy Associate for Planned Parenthood of New York City, fighting for legislation that expands all New Yorkers’ access to affordable healthcare and protects one’s right to reproductive autonomy. Since joining the organization in 2012, Elizabeth has worked to develop its community partnerships with justice-based organizations, and advocate for progressive legislation at both the grassroots and grass-tops levels.

A native New Yorker and former teacher, she is committed to social justice and education reform. Elizabeth worked full-time in the service industry and as a learning assistant during her undergraduate career and understands the importance of access to affordable education. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Cruz, she taught English abroad in South Asia. Elizabeth returned to New York City to work within her own community, and has since been active in supporting local political campaigns and community organizing efforts, believing our generation can and will change the current stymied political landscape. A resident of Brooklyn, Elizabeth also hopes to be an advocate for tenants' rights and housing security. As a participant in FemSexNYC, she is continually striving to improve her own education in anti-oppression work.


 


Ted Anastasiou, Assistant Counsel, New York State Department of Financial Services

	Ted	Anastasiou	Ted Anastasiou is a progressive political organizer, leading voting rights advocate, and currently serves as Assistant Counsel to the New York State Department of Financial Services. Ted first became active in politics while attending high school, where he interned for U.S. Representative Steve Rothman and protested against the Iraq War. After graduating from NYU, Ted worked for several successful political campaigns, including the 2008 Obama presidential campaign in New Jersey and Ohio, and Andrew Cuomo’s 2010 campaign. Ted has been a forceful advocate for voting rights in New York State and across the country, leading several successful voter protection programs with a particular focus on traditionally underrepresented and under-served communities.

While attending Brooklyn Law School, Ted served as Co-Chair of the Law School Committee of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, the New York State Democratic Party’s voting rights affiliate; as State Chair of the New York Democratic Law Students Council; and was later unanimously elected by the representatives of 95 law schools to serve as the 2011-12 National Chair of the Law School Democrats of America, the official law student arm of the Democratic National Committee. In these roles, Ted worked with leading Democratic attorneys to organize law students to volunteer as poll-watchers, to perform election law research, and to assist Democratic campaigns across the country. Following graduation, Ted served as the Deputy Voter Protection Director for Pennsylvania for the President’s 2012 re-election campaign. There, Ted developed and executed the campaign’s successful voter protection program with national campaign leadership and state campaign operations throughout the Northeast. Ted continues to fight for voting rights, most recently as special advisor to the Voter Protection Director for Battleground Texas and the 2014 Wendy Davis Texas gubernatorial campaign. Following the Obama campaign, Ted was appointed to the Cuomo Administration as Assistant Counsel to the Real Estate Finance Division of the NYS Department of Financial Services (“DFS”). At DFS, Ted assists Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky in the State’s regulation of all real estate and homeowner issues, ranging from mortgage banking and servicing to flood insurance to the foreclosure crisis. His work includes researching and drafting legislation, proposing and implementing regulations and policy initiatives, sourcing and assisting with agency investigations, fostering and strengthening relationships with public and private sector stakeholders, and speechwriting. In his spare time, Ted enjoys listening to old school hip hop, booing all New England sports teams, and going on epic adventures, like the Mongol Rally.


 


Ryan Baxter, Senior Policy Analyst, The Real Estate Board of New York

	Ryan	Baxter	Ryan J. S. Baxter is a life-long New Yorker who grew up in Midtown Manhattan. After he graduated with honors from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in June 2012, Ryan joined the Real Estate Board of New York (“REBNY”) as a Policy Analyst. Working within the Government Affairs and Management Services divisions of REBNY, Ryan’s work involves liaising with various agencies and lobbying the City and State legislatures on behalf of the real estate industry. His policy focus includes affordable housing and sustainability, as well as construction, and he was promoted to Senior Policy Analyst in the summer of 2013. In addition to his work with REBNY, Ryan sits on the Advisory Board of the Young Eisner Scholars program (“YES”) and serves as a volunteer educator. YES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that serves almost 400 students in Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago by helping them overcome obstacles that undermine their capacity to succeed. Over the last fifteen years, YES' multifaceted education program has assisted children from under-served neighborhoods where 65% of students drop out of high school and only 8% enter post-secondary programs. Thus far, 95% of YES Scholars have gone on to attend the finest universities in the country; while, more significantly, 97% of YES students complete their undergraduate degrees.

Prior to joining REBNY, Ryan worked with Motivating Action through Community Health Outreach (“MAChO”) as their High School Personnel and Corporate Partners Manager. MAChO, a student-volunteer organization founded out of the Community Service Office of Weill Cornell Medical College, aims to address the dramatic health disparity between New York City’s Upper East Side, one of the healthiest neighborhoods in the world, and East Harlem. MAChO strives to impart an understanding of healthy lifestyles to underprivileged children (and their parents) in East Harlem while teaching them the decision-making skills needed to live healthily. Ryan also assisted in Assembly Member Dan Quart’s office, where he researched pressing issues and represented Assembly Member Quart at various municipal events. He has also worked in investment banking with Lazard LTD and Gordian Group LLC. Ryan is passionate about New York City, film and television, as well as the pursuit of awe.


 


Alessandra Biaggi, Assistant General Counsel, NYS Governor's Office of Storm Recovery


Alessandra Biaggi is a graduate of Fordham Law School, where she served as a member of the Fordham Law Review and Co-Chair of the Law Review’s Academic Action Committee. With a strong interest and faith in empowering women through legal and political processes, she attended the Women’s Campaign School at Yale Law School to guide her pursuit of a career in public policy and politics.

Alessandra has interned for Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY), the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and was an editor for the Presidential Succession Clinic at the Feerick Center for Social Justice. She was recently appointed as the Assistant General Counsel for the NYS Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery.


 


Brian Blake, Vice President, CRA Officer, Corporate Secretary, Spring Bank

	Brian	Blake	For the past (almost) six years Brian has been happy to serve his neighbors as a senior bank officer focused on economic self-determination for low income communities. Since 2009 he has worked at Spring Bank, an FDIC insured, independently owned, Bronx based community development bank focused on providing innovative and affordable financial services to underbanked and low income communities. As Vice President, CRA Officer and Corporate Secretary, Brian organizes strategic direction within the bank, with regulatory authorities, and with the bank’s customers and its stakeholders. Brian carries on his mission outside of office hours, serving on the credit committee of Business Outreach Center Capital, a leading New York micro-lender. He is also Founding Director of the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance (FDBA), a 501(c)(3) consisting of stakeholders working to provide stable growth on the 8th Avenue corridor in Harlem. Brian is a frequent guest speaker on small business access to capital panels and a commentator on the occasional radio podcast or local news article, and he advocates for economic inclusion in such forums as the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund Bank On 2.0 Initiative, the Community Development Bankers Association and the New York State CDFI Coalition Steering Committee.

Born in New York and raised all around the Northeast, Brian holds an MBA from Baruch College, CUNY, and a BA in English from Dickinson College. In his past life he was an overnight bellman, author of short plays, exchange student in the former East Germany, candidate for the foreign service exam, and an international investor relations executive. He is also a Founder and the Chief Evangelist for ArgoFund.com, an online market place connecting small business borrowers to traditional local lenders nationwide.


 


Jerry Bruno, Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner for Family Services, NYC Department of Homeless Services

	Jerry	Bruno	Jerry Bruno is Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner for Family Services at the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS). The mission of DHS is to prevent homelessness when possible and to provide short-term, emergency shelter for individuals and families who have no other housing options available to them. As Special Assistant, Jerry serves as project manager over several initiatives within the Family Services division. He is part of a team that implements protocols and procedures such as Client Responsibility, Public Assistance Compliance, Census Reduction strategies and general coordination of the division. In addition, he develops innovative techniques to enhance programs and interface with DHS contracted sites and other agencies directly involved with providing a continuum of care. Jerry recently completed a seven-month professional development fellowship, the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service (FELPS) at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he enhanced his leadership abilities through discussions with high-level public service executives and cross-sector investigation, exploration, and knowledge sharing. Prior to that, Jerry came to City government through the Urban Fellows Program, a career development program that introduces recent college graduates to local government and public service in New York City. As an Urban Fellow, Jerry was placed at the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), where he played a central role in managing project updates for programs throughout the division and coordinating inter-agency work with the Mayor’s office and multiple city agencies. In addition, he facilitated the renewal submission of major contracts with the federal government on behalf of his division’s leadership team.

Originally from Miramar, Florida, Jerry graduated from the University of Florida with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Public Leadership. He completed internships with the Florida Senate and the executive team of Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations and communications firm. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Gates Millennium Scholarship, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since arriving in New York City, Jerry is a polling site coordinator for the New York City Board of Elections, a docent (tour guide) at Grand Central Terminal and President of the Junior Board for Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. In his off hours, Jerry pretends to be a food critic and is an avid lover of Batman movies.


 


Aaron Carr, Chief of Staff, Assemblymember Michael Blake

	Aaron	Carr	Aaron Carr is the Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Michael Blake. He has a degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, an unstoppable drive for progressive politics, and a plethora of political campaign leadership experience acquired while working on federal, state, and citywide campaigns. Over the past two years, Aaron has served in a wide variety of roles including Scheduler, Special Assistant, Intern Coordinator, Political Director, Deputy Campaign Manager, Campaign Manager, Deputy Director of Voter Protection, and now Chief of Staff. Passionate about communications, Aaron has worked with candidates to craft speeches tailored to a wide variety of audiences. As campaign spokesperson, Aaron has been quoted in numerous publications. Currently serving as a NYS Assembly Member's Chief of Staff in one of the most impoverished parts of the country, Aaron notices the wealth of potential that surrounds him each and every day. But he also notices the lack of transportation, jobs, support for seniors, funding for schools, banking, healthy food options, and so on, which serve as an impediment for progress, and a better quality of life. Aaron is determined to actualize the potential of those who have been marginalized, disenfranchised, and pushed to the side by working to ensure the opportunities to which every person should be entitled.


 


Chelsea Davis, Research Analyst and Special Assistant, Vera Institute of Justice

	Chelsea	Davis	Chelsea Davis is a Research Analyst and Special Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Research at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City. Her current work with the Substance Use and Mental Health (SUMH) Program at Vera includes projects regarding justice involved individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders, drug policy, alternatives to incarceration, information sharing between justice and health, and the impact of health reform on the criminal justice system. She also focuses on the Justice Reform for Healthy Communities Initiative, which aims to examine the public health impacts of mass incarceration and improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities most affected by it through public education, coalition building, briefings, and publications.

She has worked on public health and criminal justice research and policy since receiving her MPH with a concentration in History and Ethics from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 2012, where she received the Community Scholar award. Her published thesis work focused on the role of mental health and drug courts in the public health system. Prior to joining the SUMH Program at Vera, Chelsea coordinated and managed the Mass Incarceration and Public Health Initiative at Columbia University, was in the Health Research Training Program for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and interned for Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice. Chelsea completed a year of service for AmeriCorps through the Palm Beach Literacy Coalition, creating both a literacy and conflict resolution program for middle school aged girls. She is faculty for the Bard Prison Initiative, having taught undergraduate Medical Anthropology for the public health concentration at Woodbourne Correctional Facility. Chelsea is active in the city’s feminist and women’s rights advocacy communities and is Co-Chair of WIN.NYC’s Women’s Health Network, where along with the pro-choice network, she leads an ongoing series on Birth Justice. She began her work on women’s rights as a junior commissioner for the Bergen County Commission on the Status of Women at age 17. Chelsea received her BA from Vanderbilt University, during which time she worked at the Institute for Global Health and led campaigns for living wage, nonviolence, and sex education.


 


 Elvin Garcia, Bronx Borough Director for Community Affairs, Office of the Mayor of the City of New York

	Elvin	Garcia	As a lifelong resident of the Bronx, home to the poorest congressional district in the country, Elvin witnessed the greatest concentration of systemic inequality. This reality inspired him to became civically engaged, but his political activism was amplified during his college years when his alma mater failed to close the financial gap to continue support for the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). In response, Elvin founded a minority student organization focused on advocating for increased enrollment and financial aid for underrepresented students, and shortly thereafter, the institute president agreed to re-prioritize student enrollment and financial aid. Elvin had enrolled in the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), but he ultimately graduated in 2011 from a different school of thought - one centered around actively taking a stand in our democratic values. In his first job out of college, Elvin chose to take a $100-a-month stipend at an environmental justice organization over a $40,000 starting salary at an architectural firm, where he fought for and won the historic preservation recognition of the South Bronx waterfront.

In the years that followed, he worked his way up through state government in the Assembly and Senate to service communities of struggle, joined President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, and learned the power of grassroots organizing. But Elvin's very first political campaign was his "Coming Out" campaign, named thus because it required advanced strategic planning, coalition building, and a lot of guts to stick it out through the end. As the first person in his family to come out as gay, Elvin learned from this enlightening and empowering campaign never to underestimate the power that comes with being true to who you are. Currently as Bronx Borough Director for the Mayor of New York City, Elvin organizes and empowers Bronx residents around the Mayor's progressive policies and initiatives. He firmly believes the socio-economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century are best addressed by bold progressive leaders - the kind of leaders New Leaders Council prides itself in shaping.


 


Noah Gillespie, Associate, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

	Noah	Gillespie	Noah Gillespie is an Associate at the law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and criminal and regulatory investigations. His pro bono practice includes a major class action lawsuit against the State of New York and five representative counties that seeks to reform the State's system for providing attorneys to persons accused of crimes who cannot afford an appropriate attorney. The historic settlement agreement in that case is currently awaiting court approval. Noah has also been active in seeking LGBTQIA justice and ecojustice in various communities over the past decade. For example, he led a broad network in successfully petitioning his university's administration to establish and fund an Office of LGBT Initiatives, which has since worked to counter harassment and to educate the campus community. Noah is a member of the United Church of Christ and is a part of the World Student Christian Federation, a collective of grassroots, student-led movements in 107 countries.

He currently serves as one of two North American delegates to the Identity Diversity and Dialogue process of the Federation, in which Christians from around the world meet to share diverse perspectives on issues of gender and sexuality and to find common spiritual ground to direct the Federation’s future in the midst of differences that continue to divide many faith communities.


 


Crystal Hudson, Principal Officer, Sports & Affinity Marketing, Amtrak

	Crystal	Hudson	With a background in creating integrated marketing campaigns and strategic partnerships in sports, entertainment, live events and multicultural marketing, Crystal Hudson currently directs all national sports and affinity advertising efforts for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). Prior to joining Amtrak, Crystal worked at Monumental Sports & Entertainment in Washington, DC as the Director of Game Operations for the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics. She is passionate about sports and the related social, economic and racial justice issues within the industry.

She received her Master of Tourism Administration degree with a focus in Sports Management from the George Washington University School of Business, and graduated from Spelman College with a BA in Economics and Sociology. Crystal has also pursued entrepreneurial endeavors catered to the LGBTQ community. She is a native New Yorker from Brooklyn, where she currently resides.


 


Shari James, Deputy Comptroller, City of Long Beach, New York

	Shari	James	Shari James is the Deputy Comptroller for the City of Long Beach, New York. In her current role she assists in managing the Comptrollers’ office, including preparing and monitoring the City’s budget, all financial transactions and staff management. Shari is also the Founder and CEO of I aM a KiD tHat GiVES, a 501(c)(3) youth-led not-for-profit organization that brings awareness, education and advocacy to various causes that impact children globally. The organization affords its youth members the opportunity to practice team work, social responsibility, humanity and cultivate leadership skills while working towards changing the landscape of the future. It is Shari's belief that if children have a platform to practice social responsibility and humanity, we will create a world of future adults that care not just about individual life but also community. Shari also serves on the Executive Board of Black Women for Black Girls Inc.

Prior to joining the City of Long Beach, Shari worked in the private sector at JP Morgan Chase as an Assistant Vice President in the Commercial Bank. In this role Shari specialized in debt structuring while developing financing and restructuring opportunities within acceptable risk parameters. Shari has also held positions at Bloomberg LP and Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP. Shari holds a BS in Finance from St. Johns University. She looks forward to joining the NLC community and working with a diverse network of individuals towards the forward progression of America.


 


 Min Kim, Leadership Fellow, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

	Min	Kim	Raised by social-minded immigrant parents, Min has always held a commitment to understanding the root causes of social issues and pursuing sustainable solutions to effectively address them. Her quest for equity and positive change has led to professional experiences spanning the realm of social policy, public health and urban planning. In her current role as a Leadership Fellow at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, she contributes to the establishment of efficient operational policies in the region’s airports. Additionally, she has contributed to the development of long-term resilience strategies to protect critical infrastructure against future storms. Previously, Min worked as an outreach specialist at a community-based health services organization, and led alternative justice programs on HIV/AIDS prevention and gender empowerment for victims of human trafficking at the Midtown Community Court. Her commitment to reducing gender inequality and improving the rights of marginalized communities took her to Indonesia, where she drafted a policy action plan in support of labor and human rights of domestic migrant workers at the Jakarta office of the International Labour Organization. While there, Min also helped to strengthen Indonesia’s healthcare and social welfare programs, improve services for people living with HIV/AIDS, and evaluate the pay equity of female migrant workers in Asia. In addition to her work abroad, Min has conducted research and analysis on social service partnerships available to undocumented immigrant communities in the western United States.

Min received her BA with a focus in documentary filmmaking from Amherst College and her MA in policy from the University at Albany. A Washingtonian since her most formative years, Min has lived in New York City for the better part of the last decade. In her spare time, she enjoys reading “The New Yorker,” keeping up with current events, cooking slow food, and exploring new cities and cultures.


 


Antonia Koch, Budget Analyst, NYC Office of Management and Budget

	Antonia	Koch	After graduating in May with a BA in Communication Arts from Allegheny College, Antonia moved to the city and accepted a position at New York City's Office of Management and Budget on the Health Task Force. While in college, Antonia had assumed a variety of leadership positions both on and off campus, ranging from water fluoridation and the Community Health Needs Assessment to helping first year students transition to the college lifestyle.

Her summer months were spent in NYC interning at Hunter College and working on political campaigns. Through her undergraduate work, Antonia developed passions for studying the role women play in politics and the current state of healthcare - two passions which have since been her driving force. A native of New Orleans, Antonia enjoys working out, reading, and crawfish.


 


Nathaniel Koloc, CEO, ReWork

	Nathaniel	Koloc	Nathaniel is Co-Founder and CEO of ReWork, a recruiting company that specializes in placing exceptional professionals into roles at companies that are making social, environmental, and cultural progress. Nathaniel is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, 99U, The Daily Muse, Inc., and Entrepreneur.

He is a 2015 NYC Venture Fellow, a 2011 Unreasonable Fellow, and a 2010 StartingBloc Fellow. Nathaniel holds a BA in Global Human Impact Studies from the University of Vermont.

 


 


Sydney Kornegay, Program Coordinator, One to World

	Sydney	Kornegay	As the coordinator of Global Classroom, Sydney combines her love for international issues, youth engagement, and education equality. She connects under-served public schools with visiting Fulbright scholars and students, where she co-facilitates workshops on global citizenship, cultural diversity, and sustainability. She also coordinates a homeless shelter in West Harlem for immigrant men. In both roles, she strives to shape programs that go beyond just charity, and that give youth and homeless individuals the education, support, and strategies necessary to be agents of change in their communities. Sydney has worked in non-profits both locally and internationally.

As the former Program Manager of Spark MicroGrants in Rwanda, Sydney helped spearhead a new model of community-led development, and formalized a curriculum that trained more than 25 rural communities to design and implement their own social impact projects. While living in Rwanda, Sydney also co-founded a youth entrepreneurship school, enabling 30 high school students to manage their own agricultural business. Sydney has also worked in the education field in New York. As a teacher at a special education school in the Bronx, Sydney coordinated community service projects, facilitated art and music clubs, and partnered with local non-profits to provide social media jobs for high school youth. Sydney graduated from Davidson College in 2011 with a BA in Political Science. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys organizing community “bread bakes” in Harlem, cycling, and attempts at salsa dancing.


 


Max Markham, Legislative Aide, New York State Senate

	Max	Markham	Max Markham currently serves as a Legislative Aide for Brad Hoylman, New York's only openly LGBT State Senator. Max works on education, health and labor policy in the district office in Chelsea. Since joining the State Senate in 2014, he has been actively involved with a number of different hot-button issues including the New York Public Library renovation plan, the Metropolitan Opera labor dispute and the City's response to its first Ebola patient. Prior to the State Senate, he worked for a communications consultant on various New York City and State political campaigns, including a mayoral campaign as well as a campaign for Manhattan Borough President in 2013.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Max attended the United Nations International School and graduated from Stanford University with a BA in International Relations and Modern Languages focusing on public policy and human rights. He is a dual citizen of New Zealand and has traveled to over 40 countries and 6 continents. His political idols are Ann Richards and Thurgood Marshall, and he reads an unhealthy amount of political non-fiction. Max enjoys pinot noir, playing tennis, R&B music, foolishly supporting the Knicks and watching Veep. He is the same height as Mayor de Blasio.


 


Kristina Pecorelli, Senior Project Manager, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)

	Kristina	Pecorelli	Kristina Pecorelli is an economic analyst at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where she uses big data analytics to improve the ways in which economic development initiatives are designed and implemented throughout the five boroughs. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, where she received a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree in 2013. Kristina took courses in International Management at Oxford University as part of her graduate studies, and holds a BA in Political Science from DePaul University. Kristina interned with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), a non-profit leadership organization comprised of top economic developers from all over the world, and conducted her client-based policy analysis capstone project with Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI), a global development firm operating in more than 150 countries.

Her prior experience with these organizations has helped inform her ongoing work at the NYCEDC, where she integrates her institutional knowledge with proficiency in statistical computing languages such as R and Stata. Kristina helped design and build the New York City Employment Data Hub (http://www.nycedc.com/resources/nyc-employment-data-hub), an interactive web tool offering dynamic employment data visualizations based on user-selected criteria, and frequently authors industry reports and economic snapshots covering various aspects of the NYC economy. Her work has also been featured in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and the INCAE Business Review.


 


Lance Polivy, Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

	Lance	Polivy	Lance Polivy is an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison where he practices in the Litigation Department. At the New York University School of Law, Lance served as the Co-Chair of the National Law School Democrats and as the President of the Student Bar Association. Lance graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Government and History in 2008.

Lance serves on the Steering Committee of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, where he advocates for election law reform and has traveled to Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Florida to engage in voter protection work. He is also involved in local politics in his community on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where he is a member of the Executive Board for the Four Freedoms Democratic Club.


 


Britney Whaley, NYC Political Director , Working Families Party

 Britney D. Whaley is the New York City Political Director for the Working Families Party (WFP), New York’s liveliest and most progressive political party. She is responsible for working with the WFP leadership bodies and senior staff to manage the NYC political program, identify candidates for the newly launched WFP Progressive Candidate Pipeline Project, and oversee candidate recruitment and vetting. Britney has varied experience working in government relations, nonprofit management and electoral politics. She served on President Obama’s reelection campaign in the battleground state of Virginia and continued to work on and manage local races in Virginia and New York. Britney has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Black Graduate Student Association and is a founding member of Capital Cause, a 501(c)(3) organization that uses a crowd-sourcing model to promote philanthropic giving among millennials and provide micro-grants to nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC.

Britney earned a BA in Political Science from Howard University and a Master of Public Policy from George Mason University. She is a native of Las Vegas, NV and loves sharing the history of African Americans in Las Vegas.


 

 
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