And the award goes to…


Next month, more than 700 supporters and elected officials will gather to honor the hard work of NYC’s young progressives at our 7th Annual Young Gets It Done.

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Dozens of elected officials will be in attendance, including:

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Governor David A. Paterson, Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, Public Advocate Letitia James, Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright and more! 

Read on to learn more about each of this year’s honorees.

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The Honorees

Ken Biberaj


Ken Biberaj currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Since 2005, Ken has served as an executive at his family’s real estate company, which is active in Manhattan and the Bronx, and which owns and operates the iconic Russian Tea Room. Through this work, Ken has become an advocate for the hospitality industry, serving on the Restaurant Committee for NYC & Company and the Local Leadership Council of Business Forward.

Ken’s active support for small businesses and hospitality motivated him to run for City Cuncil on the Upper West Side in 2013. His presence on the political scene was quickly recognized. He was honored by City & State Magazine as one of “40 under 40” upcoming political leaders. He also received endorsements from the Small Business Coalition, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Governor David Paterson, the League of Conservation Voters and the League of Independent Theaters.

Ken is active on the Upper West Side, serving on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center at the Amsterdam Houses, and Executive Vice President of the Ansonia Independent Democrats.

Ken received his Bachelor’s in political science at American University, his Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a JD from New York Law School.

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Alex Gleason AG-Headshot

Alex Gleason is the Policy Associate for the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Collaborating with colleagues at the CLC and affiliated organizations, Alex works to advocate for effective policies aimed at ‘lifting the floor,’ and growing the economy ‘from the bottom-up, middle-out’ for all workers.

In addition to his work at the Central Labor Council, Alex is an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Empire State College’s Harry Van Arsdale Center, where he teaches labor studies. This fall, Alex will join the faculty of his alma mater, The New School, to teach at Eugene Lang College.

Alex is originally a year-round resident of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and currently resides in Brooklyn.

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Andrew Gounardes

Andrew Gounardes HeadshotAndrew Gounardes is a native of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and currently serves as Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, where he is responsible for legal and policy matters affecting the Borough President’s Office and serves as a trustee of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System.

Previously, Andrew served as Director of External Affairs at Citizens Committee for New York City, and Legislative Aide for Investigations to United States Senator Robert Menendez.

Andrew is also currently vice president of the Bay Ridge Democrats, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Brooklyn Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2012, Andrew was the Democratic nominee for the New York State Senate in the 22nd District.

After Superstorm Sandy, Andrew co-founded Bay Ridge Cares, which helped prepare 25,000 hot meals for those affected by Sandy’s devastation. In addition to his local and citywide involvement, Andrew is active at a national level on issues affecting the Greek community.

Andrew is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School and Hunter College.

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Eunic Ortiz

Eunic OrtizEunic Ortiz has committed her career to fighting for full equality for all. As Director of Online Communications for 1199SEIU, Eunic manages digital communications for the largest healthcare union in the country, spanning nearly 400,000 members in the healthcare service industry.

Eunic also serves as President of Stonewall Democrats of NYC, the largest LGBT Democratic club in the state. As President, she works with elected officials and community groups to help pass legislation, build policy, and create a better city for LGBT New Yorkers.

Before joining 1199SEIU, Eunic worked with FleishmanHillard‘s reputation management group, and served as spokesperson and Digital Manager for the New York City Council and its then-Speaker, Christine C. Quinn.

In 2012, Eunic traveled to Charlotte as a delegate representing New York State in the Democratic National Convention.

Eunic earned her Master’s from New York University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, and Associate of Arts from St. Petersburg College in Tarpon Springs, FL.

She was born and raised near Orlando, Florida.

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Kat Kane

KatKane-HeadshotKat Kane is a Senior Writer & Creative Strategist on the digital team at Hillary for America. She joined the campaign after completing a master’s degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Previously, Kat served as a Senior Associate at SKDKnickerbocker, where she developed and implemented advocacy strategies for a range of clients, including the successful New Yorkers United for Marriage coalition. She was recognized for her work at the firm as one of City & State’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” of 2012. Kat is also a longtime MYD member and served as the organization’s Vice President in 2013.

Prior to entering politics, Kat held production positions at MSNBC, CNN and New York 1. She occasionally writes about politics and policy for the Huffington Post and WIRED. Kat holds a bachelor’s in journalism and mass communications from New York University.