NOW-NYC Election 2018
Every two years, the members of NOW-NYC vote to elect their President and Board of Directors. Here’s what you need to know:
Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 6:30-8:30pm
Please be there by 7pm to vote!
NOW-NYC Office (RSVP for address).
WHO CAN VOTE
You must have been a NOW-NYC member by December 18th, 2017 to be eligible to vote in this election. Not a member? JOIN TODAY
MEET THE CANDIDATES
“I am honored to be running for president of our NOW chapter at such a critical juncture for our country and for women’s rights, civil rights, voting rights and democracy itself. Since the presidential election a little more than a year ago, NOW-NYC has been a powerful and unrelenting feminist voice for women in the face of a backlash unlike we have seen in our lifetime.
My goal as president is to build on the phenomenal work done by our current board of directors, staff, interns and team of activists who have transformed our chapter into a powerhouse that has kept the spotlight on how women’s lives are affected by the laws, policies, executive orders and culture being driven by the White House. Over the last two years, under my leadership, the chapter has had a successful campaign to make child marriage illegal in New York, has started a direct services program for survivors of sexual assault navigating the criminal justice system and been a major organizer of events, protests and rallies to protest women’s rights and our democracy.
True to our grassroots mission, we have invested time, energy and resources to create timely member programs, a series of Women’s Town Halls, and unifying events for activists who want to team up and take action here in our city and across the state.
The chapter has been at the forefront in many areas of feminist activism– from mobilizing women and men across New York City to take a stand against rape culture as part of our Take Rape Seriously Campaign to lobbying and building public support for legislation on pay equity, workplace fairness, human trafficking, domestic violence, LGBT rights and reproductive health care. Working with allies, we successfully advocated for stronger laws on shackling of pregnant incarcerated women.
Working with an amazing team of dedicated activists and leaders, we have re-imagined this organization, the founding chapter of NOW. As we close out our 50 birthday, the chapter today is poised to grow. We are highly visible in the media and have worked diligently to establish productive working relationships with key ally organizations to amplify our voice and actions, and I’m most proud that we are a powerfully relevant force for the women’s movement in the 21st Century.
If my fellow NOW-NYC members extend the privilege to allow me to continue to lead this chapter, I will undertake with continued zeal to build upon the chapter’s successful legislative and political track record, build our financial future and be a place where women can find their feminist power. Together we can be the voice and the force to push change forward to advance women’s rights and improve the lives of women and girls in New York City and beyond.”
“I aim to continue to seek ways to make NYC and New York State a haven for women by continuing NOW’s leadership in the #Resistance. I will maximize the impact of the efforts exerted by the amazing Sonia and her terrific staff, as well as those of our time- and-money-strapped membership. I will support proper financial and process oversight to ensure maximum benefit for the time and money spent by the Chapter, as well as maximum sustainability. I will sharpen NOW’s communications focus at all levels. I am eager to help build on our successes and fight for more.
I have always been proud to call myself a feminist and have lobbied face-to-face with Scott Stringer, Jerry Nadler, Charles Schumer, and Kirsten Gillibrand, and have built a lobbying relationship with Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. I lobbied several members of the NYS Assembly as part of NOW’s successful effort to end child marriage in New York State. I led NOW-associated delegations to the 2004 March for Women’s Lives and the historic 2017 Women’s March.
I am a resourceful team player who has, for 30+ years, negotiated corporate America’s bureaucratic minefields by focusing on results through strategy, execution, and partnerships. I have served on the NOW National Board, Northern District, since 2016. I have served on National Campaigns such as End the Criminalization of Trauma and Advance Voting Rights as well as contributed to the Structure, Process & Budget Committee. My board involvement with NOW-NYC dates back to 2003.”
“It has been one of the great privileges of my life, while taking minutes of our Chapter Board or Women’s Justice NOW Board meetings as Board Secretary since 2010, to bear witness to real activism taking shape. And to put forward that activism with my professional skills as a law firm secretary, whether by preparing refreshments ahead of meetings, taking time after them to solicit corrections and additions so that the minutes can be approved at the next meeting with a minimum of Board Meeting time, or preparing them for a place in our archives.
This, as well as my experiences as Membership Coordinator from 2008 to 2010, or as a simple NOW chapter member by lobbying in Albany, going to national and state conferences, escorting at clinics, or attending protests, rallies, and actions all at the side of our inspiring Board, Activist Alliance, and chapter membership have allowed me to proudly claim a personal part in NOW-NYC’s goals of fostering gender equality, choice, and bringing a supportive voice to those who struggle against gender-based violence, ignorance, and indifference. A part I hope to continue in the years to come.”
“I am running for position of Treasurer for the 2018-2020 election cycle of the board of directors for NOW-NYC. I have served as Board Treasurer since 2012 and oversee the NOW-NYC financial records.
I am currently a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York with over 15 years of experience in corporate finance, audit and internal controls at various Fortune 500 companies. In addition, I hold professional memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New York State Society of CPAs. I earned an MBA in Finance from Hofstra University.
I look forward to continuing to serve the members of NOW-NYC as Treasurer in the coming year.”
Vice President of Action
“I have served on the Board since 2008, during which NOW-NYC has expanded its reach, programming, and visibility significantly. I have hands-on experience motivating and mobilizing activists to join NOW-NYC’s ranks, having helped to devise and launch NOW-NYC’s Activist Alliance and Activist Nights, strengthening NOW-NYC’s commitment to grassroots, membership-based activism, as well as mentorship and support of rising female leaders.
Over the course of my board tenure, I’ve been involved in the planning and execution of the Women of Power and Influence Awards, the Susan B. Anthony Awards, and the Take Rape Seriously Campaign, among other programs and campaigns. I was proud to lead a contingent of activists to participate in the 2017 Women’s March in Washington DC. Over the years, I have contributed to the Steering Committee, the Board Development Committee, and I’ve spearheaded the Outreach Committee. I have headed tabling efforts, Love Your Body Day and have participated in protests and rallies, including representing NOW-NYC at the 2010 March for Equality. Previously, I served as the Chair of NOW-NYC’s Queer Advocacy Project and led NOW-NYC’s Gay Pride March. I also launched a weekly yoga program for survivors of violence.
By profession, I am a non-profit marketing and fundraising professional committed to advancing social causes, namely in the realms of healthcare, equality and social justice. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology; Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies; and Women and Gender Studies. My broad chapter knowledge and record as a grassroots organizer will enable me to drive chapter activism.”