Next Wednesday, August 13th come meet our 5 amazing honorees under 35 for the 6th Annual Young Gets It Done:
Mayor Svante Myrick
Svante L. Myrick was sworn into office in January 2012 and became, at 24, the City of Ithaca’s youngest Mayor and first Mayor of color. Svante was first elected to the Common Council at the age of 20 while still a junior at Cornell. The Mayor championed and passed a series of economic development reforms, and in 22 out of the 24 months of his term Ithaca has led New York State in job creation. The City now has the lowest unemployment rate in the State. As Mayor he inherited a $3 million deficit. His first budget included a radical overhaul of City government that merged departments, streamlined processes and was able to successfully close a $ 3 million deficit – all while delivering the lowest tax increase in the City of Ithaca since the year 2000. His active advocacy in Albany and in Washington D.C. has resulted in over $20 million of grants and awards from the State and Federal government. Svante has changed the way people in Ithaca view public space by turning his dedicated mayoral parking space into a public park, after years without them he’s brought fireworks back to the City on the 4th into the 21st
Sara Valenzuela currently serves as Director of External Relations for New York City Public Advocate Letitia James. Prior to joining the Public Advocate’s Team, Sara spent the past 3 1/2 years serving in a variety of government outreach roles as New York City Regional Director for State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Community Liaison of Immigrant Affairs, Latino Outreach, and Education for New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison and Latino Affairs Liaison for Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. In these roles, she encouraged progressive legislation and initiatives in partnership with fellow government agencies, elected officials, and advocates in New York. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Teach For America alumna, Sara has dedicated her career to political and minority advocacy. Following her TFA commitment, Sara moved to Washington, D.C. in 2007, to serve as Legislative Correspondent to then Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair, Joe Baca. She was later recruited to serve U.S. Senator Robert Menendez as Legislative Aide/Latino Issues Liaison. In addition, she served as Congressional Hispanic Caucus Liaison and advisor on Latino issues for members of the Senate Hispanic Task Force. During the last months of the 2008 Presidential election, Sara was recruited by Obama for America to serve as Deputy Field Organizer for Hispanic Outreach in Pueblo, Colorado. Following the election she helped found the New Latino Movement, a civic century by embracing social media and overhauling the City’s web presence. engagement group focused on developing young leaders to promote equal opportunity and justice for Latinos. Before her move to New York City, Sara spent the last year and a half of her time in Washington DC as the Associate Director of Government Affairs at Earth Day Network, directing federal policy and national environmental initiatives. ?Sara continues her advocacy even outside the office. Upon arriving to New York City, she began the New York City chapter of the New Latino Movement, a group she helped found in 2008 to engage young Latinos in national and local advocacy. She also joined the inaugural New York City chapter of Women’s Information Network serving as a Political Action Chair. In 2012, Sara participated in the New York City New Leaders Council fellowship and went on to serve as Recruitment and Institute Chairs for the 2013 and 2014 classes. In addition, Sara serves on the Greater New York City for Change board, where she has actively trained and led volunteers during the 2008 election to canvass and register voters in Pennsylvania, organized constituents to join recovery trips to Far Rockaway following the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, and helps to educate members on local and federal policy. Sara currently resides in the East Village of Manhattan.
Monica F. Guerra
Monica Foskett Guerra is Co-Founder and Network Director of the Women’s Information Network.NYC (WIN.NYC), a non-profit dedicated to the professional development of pro-choice, Democratic young women, and works on Wall Street as member of Fitch Rating’s Public Finance Group. Prior to her work at Fitch Ratings, she managed capital budgeting for both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Borough President’s Offices. In her capacity as Director of Capital Budget and Economic Development for the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, she served as a Mayoral appointee to the Board of Directors for the New York City Economic Development Corporation and as a Gubernatorial appointee to the New York City Regional Economic Development Council. She has also managed federal appropriations and developed financial regulatory policies for former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and Congressman Mike Quigley. While working for the U.S. House of Representatives, she was awarded with a Congressional Statement of Recognition in honor of her outstanding public service record. Prior to working in Washington, DC, Monica was a field strategist on numerous political campaigns and served as a Regional Field Director for Hillary for President. Monica received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration in finance from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.
Since arriving on the scene in New York from California, Danny Corum has hit the ground running in the progressive labor world of NYC and politics. While studying Labor Relations at the CUNY Murphy Institute he interned for the United Federation of Teachers. It was there at the UFT that Danny was able to successfully run the member-to-member field program in one of the hottest contested NYC state senate races; outspent nearly 3 to 1, still managed to pick up the win. After completing his internship he went on to get his Master’s Degree from CUNY Murphy Institute and then returned to the UFT where he went back to overseeing the UFT Field Operation for all of their endorsed city council candidates along with their candidates for city comptroller and mayor. Following the 2013 Primary Election Danny was tapped by UFT President Michael Mulgrew to be the COPE Coordinator in charge of fundraising for the UFT VOTE COPE Political Action Fund. Danny has brought a fresh approach to motivating the 200,000 members of the UFT to voluntarily contribute to VOTE COPE. He has brought over his passion and energy from California, and in a very short time has been able to make a name for himself across the city as an up and coming political operative.
Carlina Rivera is an affordable housing activist and District Leader in the Lower East Side. Carlina is a lifelong LES resident and the Director of Programs and Services for Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), a community-based organization focused on neighborhood preservation and eviction prevention reaching 10,000 residents every year. While at GOLES, Carlina has worked on campaigns that helped halt infill on NYCHA property during the Bloomberg administration and helped initiate a State Attorney General investigation into illegal landlord tactics to deregulate affordable units in over 100 Manhattan buildings. During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Carlina was GOLES’ principal disaster volunteer organizer and coordinated nearly 3,000 volunteers to knock on 15,000 doors of local residents. Since the storm, GOLES has been instrumental in establishing LES READY, the Long Term Recovery Group of the Lower East Side of Manhattan and securing over $300m in federal funding for storm protection along the East River. Carlina serves as an executive member of both Manhattan Community Board 3 and the Coalition for a District Alternative, a progressive political organization combining activism with electoral organizing to preserve the rich diversity of the LES. She is a member of the Community Advisory Board of Bellevue Hospital and the NYC Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, and has served on the Borough President’s Senior Advisory Group. Carlina is president of the Tenant Association of her building, which works to preserve the building’s affordability for the 171 families that live there. A graduate of Marist College, Carlina has worked for Kaplan K12 coordinating their academic after- school programs in elementary and middle schools in low-income communities and for Lawyers Alliance to empower new nonprofits with the tools to organize their legal structures.