Thurs, May 27th 5PM MDT / 7PM EDT
Join us for a Lively and Engaging Discussion with Q&A!
Your Zoom link will be sent a day prior to the event.
We're excited to host this timely event, bringing back our former Ambassador and friend, Mari Carmen Aponte. Ambassador Aponte participated in DA's Ambassadors for Biden and joined us for our 2020 elections event. And we look forward to welcoming award-winning journalist, Maria Emilia Martin, contributor to NPR and other news media, and based in Guatemala.
Our speaker event is centered around the DA Resolution:Central American Immigration 2021, which focuses on the Northern Triangle Countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, authored by John Chudy, Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad Guatemala. We're fortunate to have his collaboration and for having him join us personally. John will be presenting the resolution, which provides much food for thought - and discussion!
We'll get to hear from our guest speakers and will then follow up with a Q & A discussion session.
U.S. immigration policies have profound consequences for our Central American neighbors, and affect the lives of United States Citizens as well. We have always been, and will continue to be, a nation of immigrants. So please join us from wherever you are.
We look forward to seeing you there,
Alexia Chamorro, Chair; and Hudak Hendrix, Vice Chair
DA El Salvador Formation Committee
Note: We will begin the formal establishment of DA El Salvador this fall, and seek members interested in joining us on our leadership team - or volunteering in other ways. Or simply sign up to be on our Contact List for news and events announcements. Let us know how you'd like to be involved here:
On Tuesday May 11th, the Americas Region held its Annual General Meeting on WebEx. Outgoing Regional Vice Chair (RVC) Kathy Rothschild gave a report of the year that was (2020), and the year to come (2021), followed by a presentation by each one of our country committees, and three formation committees - including the first multi country committee, the Caribbean Islands group! Aftewards, the Americas Nominations and Elections Committee announced the winner of the RVC race: Steve Nardi!
We congratulate Mr. Nardi on his election as RVC. We expect great things under his leadership!
We also want to thank outgoing RVC, Kathy Rothschild, for her amazing term in this position.
AMERICAS REGIONAL VICE CHAIR ELECTION
I’m Steve Nardi, and I live outside Toronto, Canada, with Kevin, my husband of 17 years. I’ve been here 27 years and vote out of MI-07. While a DA member 20+ years, I only actively engaged when I ran for a delegate spot in 2012. Subsequently, I’ve served as Chair of Canada’s Toronto chapter, larger than most DA country committees, and am completing my second term as Chair of DA Canada. The third motivation and focus in my life is hospice. I’ve been a Hospice Toronto volunteer for nearly 25 years, including as Board Chair through two different rotations. I’ve also had a successful career in operations leadership positions with groups across the US and Canada.
It’s been a privilege to lead outstanding teams these four years as country chair. Our collective efforts resulted in 14 active chapters, covering 5.5 time zones, 40% growth in membership, and phenomenal GOTV outcomes. I’m not afraid to lean in when I believe we’re capable of more and was honored our chapters trusted me in 2020 at three critical points, collaborating with resources or finances to enable the whole to communicate with more members than if they’d acted independently.
With 14 country committees in our region (soon 15, 16, ??), in addition to each having its own unique needs, objectives, and abilities, opportunities exist for us to collaborate to grow individually and collectively for a more vital region of engaged members.
I’m not asking to be your RVC based on what Canada’s accomplished; but because of how we did it - together. The combination of DA leadership experience and proven operations skills, guided with the compassion gained through my hospice work, will make me a strong leader for our region these next two years.
I would be grateful and humbled to have your support.Read more
AMERICAS REGIONAL VICE CHAIR ELECTION
My name is Krystal Grullon, I am an American citizen born in New York City. I am also a citizen of the Dominican Republic. I have a Bachelor’s Degree of Architecture from Pratt Institute with a Master’s of Science in Architecture and Urbanism from Columbia University.
I am currently living in the Caribbean, Dominican Republic, between The North Coast and the Santo Domingo the capital. I work in a project called Playa Grande Golf and Ocean Club owned by Discovery Land Company and Third Point LLC from the USA.
In the past I have worked for the public sector as well, such as Managing and leading in the Habitability and Environmental Components Unit for the Vice-Presidency of the Dominican Republic l T.D., Cabinet Office of Social Policies Coordination and later as Architect and Urban Consultant for the Ministry of Public Works and Communications. I am also a member of the MASHAV-Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation, through the Embassy of Israel in the Dominican Republic where we visit various municipalities and provinces learning and helping communities in need.
I adhere to the Democratic Party Principles of the United States and it would be an honor for me to promote its principals as the Democrats Abroad Vice Chair of the Americas Region. I believe in creating communities and in encouraging citizens to be more involved in their environment and be present on important issues. This is one of the reasons I studied urbanism. It plays a key role in politics and in bringing people together, to create and better our sense of place where we live in and present solutions.
If appointed Vice-Chair I would work to get citizens involved by motivating them to do so through informing them of the whole process of voting and in helping them learn more about the various candidates from the different categories. There are many ways to get them involved and understand the process, and I would implement more ideas and listen to the other countries needs in order to meet our goals. The most important is to keep all committees connected and coordinated to make sure we are all on the same page.
In terms of connecting to leaders, their managers and communications team I will do my best in finding ways to do so. When there is a will there is always a way. I will make sure we have presence in the Democratic Party.
We are now accepting nominations for the bi-annual election of Regional Vice Chair (RVC) for the Americas region! The election results will be announced during the virtual Americas Annual General Meeting on the 11th of May at 5pm EDT. One vote is allocated to each country committee that is in compliance and will be cast solely by country committee chairs and vice chairs. The chair and vice chair each country carry ½ vote. If only the chair or the vice chair are able to cast their vote then that vote will be counted as one vote.
Democrats Abroad has three RVCs, one for each region, who:
- Are elected to a two year term that begins and ends with the regional election.
- Cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
- Serve as one of 8 voting members of the International Executive Committee. Meetings are currently held weekly and typically last from two to three hours, but this is subject to change with the new leadership.
- Organize and lead monthly regional calls of about one to two hours to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees.
- Organize and lead a one to three day annual regional meeting to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees. When practical, these annual meetings are held as in-person events with remote participation available.
- Act as a liaison between the International Executive Committee and one or more of the Democrats Abroad committees, lending a hand to the committee chair and assuming chair responsibilities should that position not be filled.
- Assist in organizing and attend the annual Democrats Abroad Global Meeting, preferably in person when conditions allow. Note that travel costs are the responsibility of the RVC.
- Work with existing country committees to mediate and resolve issues within their committees including election issues, membership queries, etc.
- Track compliance status of country committees with Charter requirements and work with emerging and out-of-compliance countries to help bring them into compliance.
- Communicate International Executive Committee decisions, policies, and Democrats Abroad best practices to the country committee leaders.
- Bring regional issues to the International Executive Committee for discussion and resolution.
The eligibility requirements for RVC are as follows:
- Be a citizen of the United States.
- Be a member of Democrats Abroad residing within a country in the Americas region.
- Adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.
- Due to the extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of the region who are temporarily residing outside of their country of residence due to the pandemic may still run for RVC. There must be an intent to return to the Americas following the lifting of travel restrictions.
Self-nominations and nominations by others are both welcomed and encouraged! The nomination form is attached to this email. Please submit any nominations using this attachment to the NEC Chair Jody Quinnell at [email protected] no later than 11:59pm EDT April 15th. Each nominee if nominated by another member is required to accept their nomination by emailing the NEC Chair no later than April 18th.
Candidates who have self nominated or have accepted the nomination from another shall be expected to speak for approximately five minutes at the April 20th regular monthly meeting of the Americas Region outlining their background, experience working with DA, and their unique qualifications for serving as RVC for the Americas.
Ballots will be distributed via email on April 21st with instructions as to how to complete and the deadline to return. Ballots must be returned to the Chair of the NEC no later than 11:59pm EDT May 10th. Email: [email protected].
The winning candidate will be announced at the Americas 2021 AGM on May 11th.
Please forward questions about this election to any member of the Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC).
Thank you on behalf of our entire committee for your participation.
Jody Quinnell (Chair) Former Americas RVC
Stephanie Matthes, Argentina
Michaela Rivera, Mexico
DA COUNTRY COMMITTEES IN THE AMERICAS REGION
Don't live in one of these countries but want to get involved? Please send a message to the Regional Vice-Chair (RVC) for the Americas, Kathy Rothschild.
If you would like to help develop a new Country Committee, we can also help. Just get in touch!