Covid-19 & its related shutdowns may be making us feel increasingly helpless, but there's still plenty we can do as individuals to make sure our voices are heard & we are impacting the decisions made by our government. While November 2020 is a critical election month, we can & should bring the same level of energy & civic engagement toward voting in local elections, lobbying our representatives, & educating the community on a consistent basis. At LMHQ's September Women's Breakfast, hosted in partnership with the League of Women Voters, our panel of experts will discuss the concrete steps you can take to make a lasting change in government & policy.
DeNora Getachew, New York Executive Director, Generation Citizen
Jessica Lappin, President of the Alliance for Downtown New York
Allie Swatek, Director of Policy & Research at the NYC Campaign Finance Board
Bella Wang, Chair of the League of Women Voters Voting Reform Initiative
About Our Speakers:
DeNora Getachew is a leader with over a decade of legal, fundraising, & policy & advocacy experience. She's a ninja for democracy: using all of the tools in her toolbox to advocate for systemic change to strengthen our democracy. She began her career at the New York City Council & has worked at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law; then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio; & Citizens Union. DeNora has shaped state & local law & policy on a diverse portfolio of issues, including campaign finance, education, ethics, police accountability, & voting reform.
Jessica Lappin is the President of the Alliance for Downtown New York. The organization manages New York City's & the country's largest Business Improvement District (BID) & works to ensure that Lower Manhattan is a thriving & dynamic community. A lifelong New Yorker, former elected official, & previous Crain's 40 Under 40 honoree, Ms. Lappin has a distinguished record in civic life & public service.
Allie Swatek is the Director of Policy & Research at the NYC Campaign Finance Board, where she helps New Yorkers better understand how campaigns are funded & how voters participate in our democracy. Prior to her work at the CFB, Allie helped improve City governance at the 2019 NYC Charter Revision Commission & supported corporate responsibility at JPMorgan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University's Gallatin School, & a MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas.
Bella Wang is the Voting Reform Chair & DEI Board Chair for the League of Women Voters of the City of New York. As the Voting Reform Chair, she advocates on issues relating to elections in New York City & New York State through legislative advocacy & voter activation. Soon after she joined the League, she received her Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University, where she wrote her dissertation on international territorial disputes. She also currently works as a data technologist in her day job.