Susan Kalaz

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Susan Kalaz PhD Student | Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) Susan Kalaz is a PhD student in the English program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She is a Board Director of Student Organization for Democratic Alternatives (SODA), through which she helped institute the participatory budgeting process at her undergraduate institution, CUNY Queens College. She is also one of the founding members of PB-CUNY, a coalition of the PB processes on four different CUNY campuses, which focuses on fostering the current PB processes, as well as spreading PB throughout the CUNY system. Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important? Participatory democracy provides a platform where traditionally disenfranchised groups and individuals can feel empowered. Innovations in participatory…
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Gail Johnson

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Gail Johnson Manager of Resident Engagement and Community Development | Toronto Community Housing Gail currently works with Toronto Community Housing as the Manager of Resident Engagement and Community Development. In her 30 years with housing, Gail has held a variety of positions focused on Community Health and resident engagement . Gail is currently the TCHC Engagement strategic lead for Participatory Budgeting and has had the opportunity to speak on behalf of TCHC at the National Conference of Dialogue and Deliberation in San Francisco and the Canadian Conference of Dialogue and Deliberation in Vancouver. Gail is also a member of the Centennial College Program Advisory Committee for the Community Development Worker Certificate Program. Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important? The motto of the Knight's of The Round…
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Jesse Jannetta

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Jesse Jannetta Senior Policy Fellow | Urban Institute Justice Policy Center Jesse Jannetta is a senior policy fellow in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he leads projects on prison and jail reentry, community-based violence reduction strategies, and community supervision. He is the project director for the Safety and Justice Challenge Innovation Fund and co-leads the Risk Assessment Clearinghouse Project. He was previously project director for the Transition from Jail to Community initiative and coprincipal investigator for evaluations of the Los Angeles Gang Reduction and Youth Development strategy and the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy. He applies mixed-methods approaches to process and impact evaluations and provides direct technical assistance to jurisdictions improving justice system functioning. Before joining Urban, Jannetta was a research specialist at the Center for Evidence-Based…
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Jenni Innes

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Jenni Innes Brooklyn College Participatory Budgeting Jenni Innes is a Philosophy major in her final year at Brooklyn College. She has been involved in Brooklyn College's Participatory Budgeting process for three years. Additionally, Jenni is a member of PB CUNY, a group dedicated to bringing Participatory Budgeting to public universities throughout New York City. Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important? More innovations in participatory democracy means more platforms for people to engage in democracy in a meaningful way. What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference? Energy and enthusiasm from other people who work to bring participatory democracy to the people in their community.
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Annelise Grimm

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Annelise Grimm Code for America, previously James Irvine Foundation Annelise Grimm recently left the James Irvine Foundation to join Code for America's Criminal Justice and Workforce team. Annelise was a Program Officer at the James Irvine Foundation from 2015-2018, having previously served as Program Associate since 2014. Her areas of work include Pay For Success, Elections Policies and Practices, and Voter and Civic Engagement. Prior to joining the Foundation, Annelise helped launch the Alameda County Public Health Department’s Innovations in Reentry grant program, which redirected state corrections dollars to reentry services. Before working at the health department, Annelise worked on the development and communications teams of several social justice nonprofits, including Urban Habitat and OpenDoors RI. Her experience includes nonprofit communications, grantwriting, program development, policy research, and advocacy and lobbying…
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Fiona Garven

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Fiona Garven Director | Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) Fiona Garven is Director of the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC). SCDC is a non-government organisation whose mission is to help create an active, inclusive and just Scotland where our communities are strong, equitable and sustainable. Fiona’s main areas of interest are community led approaches to health and wellbeing, community empowerment and democratic participation. SCDC hosts Participatory Budgeting Scotland, which is a national network for PB learning and practice. PB Scotland started in 2015 and currently has 514 members https://pbscotland.scot/ Fiona is a member of the national PB Working Group led by Scottish Government, and is also currently working on a national review of local governance in Scotland. She is a Non-Executive Director of a local Housing Association and a local Women’s…
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Nicolette Del Palacio

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Nicolette Del Palacio Integrative Voter Engagement Organizer | Mi Familia Vota Nicolette Del Palacio is a Phoenix native and ASU student currently working towards a degree in Political Science and Psychology. Her interest in politics grew from her time working in public schools and with the Arizona Department of Child Safety. Nicolette’s experiences made her aware of how underserved Arizona’s most vulnerable children are, and she was inspired to become an advocate for stronger institutional supports for underrepresented populations statewide. As an Integrative Voter Engagement Organizer with Mi Familia Vota, Nicolette works to close the Latino and millennial voter registration and turnout gaps in Arizona by registering and informing voters. Nicolette is a keen observer of local and national politics, and she is passionate about electoral studies, political psychology, and…
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Elizabeth Crews

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Elizabeth Crews Development Manager | Participatory Budgeting Project Elizabeth manages PBP’s institutional fundraising. Elizabeth brings over 10 years in nonprofit management, research and fundraising. She started her own consulting firm, Mockingbird Strategies, where she has consulted political parties, candidates, nonprofits, and foundations on political organizing, advocacy campaigns, and community outreach strategies. Most recently, she founded and led UnifiEd, a public education advocacy organization in Chattanooga, TN focused on improving public education by expanding public participation in the school system, from the class room to the board of education. Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important? I'm excited to learn from the amazing people doing great work in PD. What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference? I'm excited to learn from…
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Tracey Beal

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Tracey Beal Executive Director | School Connect As Executive Director of School Connect Tracey Beal helps local schools build dynamic partnerships among business, faith, government and non-profit organizations. This model of strategic collaboration helps schools accomplish their goals while fostering win/win partnerships. In the spring of 2015 the US Department of Ed and AZ Department of Ed recognized the exceptional results of the collaborative model at Palo Verde Middle School in the Washington Elementary School District. To date School Connect has facilitated partnerships in 429 of the 1171 public and charter schools in Maricopa County. School Connect hosts a yearly summit at Grand Canyon University where top leaders from each of these sectors gather to learn best practices about collaboration with schools. Tracey also spearheads the Love Our Schools Day…
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Jessica Barreto

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Jessica Barreto Youth Researcher | Intergenerational Change Initiative My name is Jessica Barreto I am senior in high school. I am actively involved in various activities in my community, The Briarcliff Rotary Interact Community Service Club, where we go and do midnight runs, feed the homeless, shovel sidewalks and our community neighbors driveways and steps. President of Student Council in my school. As well as part of Intergenerational Change Initiative, where I am an active youth researcher who helps different systems better themselves through active youth research. As well as personal experience with different agencies. I decided to take my experience and help in the process of enhancing our system for future kids. Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important? I believe Innovations In Participatory Democracy are…
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