Welcome to Democrats Abroad Italy!

DA Italy is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Italy. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Italy please contact us.

Nancy Fina (Milan), Chair
Bob Vallier (Florence), Vice Chair
Democrats Abroad - Italy

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DA Italy Leadership:

Nancy Fina
| DA Italy Chair
Bob Vallier
| DA Italy Vice Chair, Global LGBT Caucus Co-Chair, DAItaly Florence Secretary
Emily Salm
| DA Italy Secretary
Michael Stiefel
| DA Italy Legal Counsel
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  • News

    Sea Changes

    Maxwell Kennedy and his wife in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. 

    Maxwell Kennedy, son of Senator Robert Kennedy, attempted to sail from San Francisco through the Panama Canal to Washington D.C. on this schooner, The Valkyrien. The ship was intended to be the cornerstone of a memorial to The Pearl, a schooner charted in a failed attempt to free slaves in 1848 that helped ignite the abolitionist movement.

    During a recent visit to Italy's breathtaking Sardinia, Kennedy spoke about his ill-fated voyage where he saw floating plastic, dying coral reefs, and depleted fish and sea creature populations. He witnessed slavery aboard unregulated fishing vessels in international waters, a problem that directly contrasts with his cause, honoring an anti-slavery vessel.

    Kennedy also took a moment to praise Democrats Abroad.

    “They are very well organized, and that is what we need — organization. The NRA is well organized and they get results. We should do the same. It’s all a matter of political will.”


    Please read the full story, written by Claudia Flisi, here


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    Join us at our Annual General Meeting!

    We are looking forward to meeting you in Florence on Saturday, March 30.

    2019 DA Italy Annual General Meeting:
    Venue:  Villa Rossa, Piazza Savonarola 15, Florence 50132
    Google map and directions

    Saturday, March 30 Morning session 10:00 - 13:00
    1) 10:00(ish)-11:30: Florence Chapter meeting and chapter elections (more information to come)
    2) 11:30-13:00: DA Italy and Chapters: Strategy planning for 2019, 2020
    lunch 13:00-14:30

    Saturday, March 30 Afternoon session for the general public: 14:30-17:30
    1) reports from Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Chapters
    2) elections of new DA Italy leadership
    3) bylaws: update on proposed amendments to cover precincts  

    Saturday evening Dinner  (venue to be announced) - feel free to join us for dinner if you can't make it during the day, email us at to reserve and receive venue information)

    To help us plan for the right number of attendees, please RSVP here

    Suggested contribution to organizing costs: €10
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    Elections of DA Italy Officers 2019-2021

    The period for nominations to run for the Executive Committee is now closed.* Thank you to those who accepted or submitted their nominations.

    Next step is to vote!

    The following people have been nominated for:

    Chair:          Nancy Fina (Milan). Read about Nancy here.
    Vice Chair:  Bob Vallier (Florence). Read about Bob here.
    Secretary:   Emily Salm (Lazio). Read about Emily here.
    Counsel:      Michael Stiefel (Rome). Read about Michael here.
    Treasurer:   Lynn Chasson (Milan). Read about Lynn here.

    You will be able to vote in person at our Annual General Meeting in Florence or online (the online ballot and instructions will be sent later). 

    This is just a quick reminder that if you are not yet a member and wish to vote in our elections you must join DA by tomorrow, March 15. If you're receiving this email, this means that you're already a member, so all set.
    * Because we will also hold electronic voting, our bylaws stipulate that candidates must declare themselves by March 14, for announcement by March 15. Candidatures can only be made at the meeting for offices with no declared candidate.

    Let us know if you have the slightest question!

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, May 31, 2019 at 08:00 PM through June 01, 2019
    Makai Surf & Tiki Bar in Rome , Italy

    Rome Chapter’s First Meet Up of 2019

    Come meet the new Chapter leaders and help us celebrate the Comedy Club’s 10th anniversary.

    Rome's Comedy Club is the original English stand-up comedy show. Marsha Cincinnati, fearless leader of the RCC, will be our MC for the evening. A good time will be had by all!

    Doors open at 8:00 pm for drinks and buffet, show starts at 9:15 pm.

    Venue website: ( 

    Please RSVP by 12 noon Monday, May 27.

    Nearest metro stop: Piramide (exit towards Eataly)