Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Thursday, Aug. 2 9:00 AM
Ends: Thursday, Aug. 2 10:15 AM
Everyone agrees that we must come together to form powerful coalitions and deep partnerships in order to win in 2018 and 2020 and build long-term power. This session goes beyond the tired tug-of-war arguments about the direction of the party, or whether the new grassroots is effective. Instead, this panel brings the party establishment together with the new grassroots for a frank conversation about navigating partnerships in the current political landscape. With an eye toward developing meaningful strategic alliances, we’ll discuss a range of topics, including how to navigate still-raw ideological rifts, practical concerns about new activist capacity and strategy, and nitty gritty compliance and legal considerations.
Navigating Partnerships with a New Democratic Party and the New Grassroots
Posted by Netroots Nation on Thursday, August 2, 2018
Irene Shin is the Political Director for Crowdpac. She has worked for an array of progressive campaigns and organizations, including Senator Kamala Harris and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. She also serves as the Political Advisor for One Vote at a Time, and on the boards of the Competitive Commonwealth Fund and Virginia Civic Engagement Table. She currently lives in Virginia with Max, her Goldendoodle.
Representative Graig Meyer has served in the North Carolina House of Representatives since 2013. He has been recognized for his legislative leadership by the League of Conservation Voters with their Green Tie Rising Star award and by the Young Democrats of North Carolina with their Legislator of the Year award. As one of only two trained social workers currently in the General Assembly, Rep. Meyer approaches legislation with an eye towards protecting those who are marginalized, vulnerable and oppressed. Rep. Meyer created and leads a grassroots effort called Our Shot to elect Democrats to the NC House.
Jamie Perrapato is the Executive Director of Turn PA Blue, an organization dedicated to flipping the Pennsylvania state legislature by training and mobilizing grassroots groups and volunteers to support candidates in Southeastern PA and beyond. In January 2018, Jamie spoke at the Women’s March of Philadelphia on the topic of “Encouraging Women to Run for Elected Office.” Prior to co-founding Turn PA Blue, Jamie worked as an attorney in the practice areas of commercial litigation, criminal law and civil litigation. Jamie received her B.A. from the College of New Jersey and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.
Lala is Co-Founder and Director of Engagement & Partnerships at the Sister District Project, a national grassroots organization founded in the wake of the 2016 election with the goal of strengthening democratic majorities in the states to build progressive power nationwide. Since its founding, it has grown continuously to ~45,000 members and 90+ active teams and affiliates, each of which are “sistered” with 2-3 state legislative candidates for support each year. In total, Sister District has endorsed 56 races in 11 strategic states, raising over $1.3m in grassroots donations directly for candidates, as well as reaching out to over 1.1m voters via phone calls, doors, texts, and postcards. In 2019 and 2020, Sister District is focused on races where it is our last chance to elect a Democrat who will help to redraw district lines in 2021.
At Sister District, Lala has successfully led the expansion of the organization’s national volunteer infrastructure, as well as the development of strategic partnerships with national and local organizations. Prior to Sister District, she clerked for federal judges in the Northern District of California and the District of Massachusetts, and served as an associate in the environment and energy group at the law firm Morrison & Foerster. Lala is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and U.C. Berkeley, School of Law.
Allison Zelman is the Director of States and Deputy Political & Organizing Director at the DNC. She most recently was a co-founder of Citizen 44 overseeing President Obama’s engagement with political and progressive organizations and major supporters around the country. Prior she worked in the ’16 cycle on the Hillary Clinton campaign as a National Regional Director. Prior to that she served in the Obama Administration at the Department of Labor and in the White House at the Domestic Policy Council and Council on Environmental Quality. She worked on both Obama Presidential campaigns, as Field Director of Pennsylvania in 2012 and in a number of states in 2008. She also spent time at the the Center for American Progress and currently serves on the advisory board of Organizing for Action, Mobilize America and founded the Obama Alumni Association.