Civics 101 Happy Hour - May 31st- Suggested Donation!


Civics 101 Happy Hour

May 31st 7-9 p.m.

Civics 101 Happy Hour Series Continues - New York City and State Edition!

Join us on May 31st to get to know the 'basics' of how our political and civic system is set up in NYC and New York State, and how you can effectively engage with it to make change happen.

We will learn about the different levels of government, how the issues you care about are tackled at the community, county, city and state levels (and how they relate to the national level), and how you can play a role in shaping the decisions that are made. 

This month our evening will be led by three women who have experience working with and around the New York political system at all levels, and from many perspectives:

Deanna Bitetti currently serves as the Deputy Commissioner in the Mayor's Office for International Affairs*. Prior to joining the Mayor's Office she served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the UK Mission to the United Nations after working for almost a decade in local politics, first for a Member of Congress in the U.S House of Representatives and then for the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly. She is also the former Associate Director of Common Cause/NY where she worked on issues pertaining to campaign finance reform and ethics reform. 

Yuridia Peña is a communications professional with a 12 year track-record. She has held positions for 32BJ SEIU, New York City Council and NYC Department of Education. She’s executed strategic messaging for major union contract campaigns, the Fight for 15 and projects like City Council’s Autism initiative, Participatory Budgeting, and the citywide bilingual education expansion. 

Sara Valenzuela is currently a Vice President for a prominent government relations firm specializing in NYC and NY State politics. Most recently she served as Director of National Latino outreach for Hillary Clinton's Victory 2016 campaign. Sara has held a variety of high level communications and external affairs roles for public figures of NYC and State politics, and before coming to NYC she spent 4.5 years working in federal government affairs roles in Washington DC.

*Title for biographical reference only


Suggested Donation of $10 to either Planned Parenthood or to the local organization, New York Immigration Coalition, for which all three of our speakers are currently raising money -



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