Secretary, Switzerland

I was born and raised in Connecticut, the nutmeg state, but I’m from New York (Harlem to be exact) and proudly vote blue. 

My roots are in New York City where I worked for Vibe magazine before launching a successful career in beauty and luxury PR for brands like CoverGirl, (Schick) Wilkinson-Sword and Rémy Martin. I moved to Switzerland in the wake of the 2009 recession for love and stayed for the opportunity to work and raise my son in a dynamic international environment.

Having been on the frontlines of communications during the dot-com downturn and September 11; the Covid-19 pandemic, social justice and January 6th feels eerily familiar. Our country is at a crossroads and I am so excited to serve as your Secretary and support the efforts of the Leadership Team and our caucuses to engage and grow the membership and provide meaningful impact to our elections at home … from abroad.

And when I’m not copywriting or supporting DACH, I love sneakers and stilettos, eating great food even if I have to make it myself and taking road trips in my electric car.

The Democrats in Switzerland are energized and a wonderful group of people, I hope you will join us!

You can email me at [email protected].


  • is hosting Register to Vote! 2022-01-10 07:59:05 -0500

    Register to Vote!

    Americans living abroad have the right to vote even if they never lived in the States.  We all need to register to vote and request our ballot for this year's elections in November. Join the Züri Democrats at an in-person voter assistance meetup. Assistance will be available at this event in Zürich. Already registered? Come to talk about Vote From Abroad and pick up information for your American friends and for display on bulletin boards. Train to be ready to help with future registration tables in Zürich.

    2G vaccination required.


    Add to your Google Calendar.

    WHEN
    January 29, 2022 at 2:00pm
    WHERE
    GZ Oerlikon - Zürcher Gemeinschaftszentren
    Gubelstrasse 10 2nd Floor
    Tram 14 to Salersteig
    Zurich 8050
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
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  • published The 2022 Midterms in News 2022-01-03 11:35:02 -0500

    The 2022 Midterms

    The 2022 midterm elections aren't until November but the primaries start in March with Texas. We highlighted some key races to watch that could turn State Capitols blue or change the balance in Congress.

    Here are our races to watch. Which races are you watching in your state?

    Texas: March 1st will be a rematch between incumbent House Democrat Henry Cuellar and progressive Jessica Cisneros who gave the incumbent a run for the money and held him to 51.8% in 2020. Will redistricting make this district ripe for Republican picking?

    North Carolina: The state Supreme Court postponed the primaries from March to May because of two pending lawsuits that challenged legislative district maps. The U.S. Senate race has candidates on both sides vying for November since incumbent Richard Burr will not seek reelection. Will North Carolina turn blue?

    Maryland: Republican Governor Larry Hogan is term-limited and the June 28th primary will be crowded including former DNC Chair, Tom Perez and state Comptroller, Peter Franchot. Will Democrats be able to keep this deep blue state blue?

    New York: Andrew Cuomo is out of the picture but his replacement, Kathy Hochul, faces primary challenges from Representative Tom Suozzi and former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Will New Yorkers disenchanted with the Biden administration turn the Empire State red?

    Florida: Governor Ron DeSantis will face Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, one of only a few Democrats in the Republican run state, or former Governor and current House Democrat Charlie Crist. Can Republican Marco Rubio win a third term against House Democrat Val Demings?

    Georgia: Stacy Abrams is back in the Governor race. Georgians are hoping for a Rocky-style knockout against Governor Kemp in November. Can Senator Raphael Warnock stave off a challenge from former NFL player Hershel Walker?


  • published December Elections in News 2021-11-21 06:00:03 -0500

    December Elections

    In the recent November elections, there are two main stories we should pay close attention to:
    1.    Republicans flipped Virginia
    2.    Candidates of color made history

    Michelle Wu is the first woman and person of color to be elected mayor of Boston; Pittsburg elected Ed Gainy, the city’s first black mayor; and Abdullah Hammoud is now the first Arab-American and Muslim mayor of Dearborn, Michigan. These are just a couple of names that reflect the changing and evolving landscape of our country’s political leadership. 

    There are important elections to close out the year including run-off and special elections in Texas, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Massachusetts after the jump.

    For more information and links to the specific state elections pages, go to Ballotpedia.

    Read more

  • published School Voter Registration Team in News 2021-10-29 12:33:31 -0400

    School Voter Registration Team

    We are putting together a team willing to visit international schools and universities around Switzerland from February to May 2022 for the purpose of providing voter registration assistance.

    Each visit would require a standing team of 2 to 3 DACH members from a pool of 5 or 6 members so that members could alternate visits. Team members will be required to take a registration training course which will be offered in January 2022.

    Vivien Beetle and Joe Amato will be leading this project. We are looking for four more volunteers who have some flexibility in their weekly schedules.

    We have designated the following schools as having a large enough American community to warrant a visit, and for which we would offer our help to the entire community (students, teachers and parents):

    • International School of Lausanne
    • International School of Geneva – La Grande Boissiere
    • Leysin American School
    • Zurich International School
    • International School of Zug & Luzern
    • College Du Leman Sarl
    • International School Bern
    • International School Basel
    • TASIS Lugano

    We also ask our fellow DACH members if they have a contact for the Parent Associations from any of these schools. 

    Additionally, if you are aware of an international school with a fair number of Americans that is not on the list, please contact Joe Amato at [email protected].

     


  • published Women's Caucus Survey in News 2021-10-29 11:06:42 -0400

    Women's Caucus Survey

    The DACH Women’s Caucus would like to know how we can best address your concerns. Could you please take this brief survey to share your thoughts? You can complete the survey via the link here.

    1. What topics would you like the DACH women’s caucus to address:

    • Reproductive health/freedom/justice
    • Violence against women
    • Income inequality
    • Women's health
    • Paid leave
    • Combatting voter suppression
    • Universal pre-k
    • Affordable childcare
    • Intersectional feminism
    • Other _____________________

    2. What types of activities would you like the DACH women’s caucus to organize?

    3. Are you interested in organizing any activities for the DACH women’s caucus? If so, please indicate the type of activities.

    4. Do you have any other ideas, suggestions, questions or input for us? Please leave a comment here. 


  • published Upcoming November Elections in News 2021-10-24 07:31:31 -0400

    Upcoming November Elections

    November 2021 Elections By State

    The 2022 mid-terms are almost a year away and Tuesday, November 2nd could be a preview of what's to come. Regular gubernatorial elections take place in Virginia and New Jersey as well as the race for New York City Mayor.

    For more information and links to the specific state elections pages, go to Ballotpedia.

     

    Alabama

    November 16, 2021

    • House of Representatives District 63 Special Primary Run-Off Election

    Arizona

    November 2, 2021

    • Chandler Special Election
    • Tucson Municipal General Election
    • Scottsdale Special Election
    • Gilbert Special Election

    California

    November 2, 2021

    • Woodside Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Moreno Valley Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Indio Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Northstar Community Services District Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Long Valley Community Services District Local Ballot Measure Election
    • San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Education Area 5 Special Election
    • Riverside Municipal Run-Off Election
    • Sonoma Valley Health Care District Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Moreno Valley Unified Board of Education Trustee Area 4 Special Election
    • Commerce Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Isleton Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Alhambra Unified School District Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Inglewood Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Berryessa Union School District Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Orange Cove Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Los Angeles County General Election
    • Brawley Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Menlo Park City Elementary School District Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Los Gatos Union School District Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Kenwood Fire Protection District Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Santa Cruz Local Ballot Measure Election

    Colorado

    November 2, 2021

    • Colorado General Election
    • Avon Mayor and Town Council Recall Election

    Delaware

    November 16, 2021

    • Dover City Council District 1 Special General Election

    Florida

    November 2, 2021

    • Miami Municipal General Election 
    • Florida Congressional District 20 Special Primary
    • St. Petersburg Municipal General Election 
    • Orlando Municipal General Election 
    • Hialeah Municipal Primary Election 

    November 16, 2021

    • Hialeah Municipal General Election 
    • Miami Municipal General Run-Off Election

    Georgia

    November 2, 2021

    • Georgia House of Representatives District 165 Special Election
    • Atlanta Municipal General Election
    • Fulton County Local Ballot Measure Election

    Idaho

    November 2, 2021

    • West Ada School District Local Ballot Measure and School Board Election
    • Boise Municipal General Election

    Iowa

    November 2, 2021

    • Des Moines Municipal General Election

    Kansas

    November 2, 2021

    • Maize Unified School District 266 School Board General Election
    • Goddard Unified School District 265
    • Nemaha Unified School District 115 Amy Sudbeck Recall Election
    • Wichita Public Schools School Board General Election
    • Circle Unified School District 375 School Board General Election
    • Haysville Unified School District 261 School Board General Election
    • Wichita General Election
    • Topeka Municipal General Election

    Kentucky

    November 2, 2021

    • House of Representatives District 51 Special Election 
    • House of Representatives District 89 Special Election
    • State Senate District 22 Special Election

    Louisiana

    November 13, 2021

    • Primary Election

    Maine

    November 2, 2021

    • Statewide General Election
    • Statewide Ballot Measure Election

    Maryland

    November 2, 2021

    • Annapolis Municipal General Election
    • Greenbelt General Election 

    Massachusetts

    November 2, 2021

    • Boston Municipal General Election
    • House of Representatives 4th Essex District Special Primary 

    Michigan

    November 2, 2021

    • State Senate District 8 Special General Election
    • Detroit Municipal General Election
    • State Senate District 28 Special General Election
    • Sand Lake Recall Election
    • Lansing Municipal General Election

    Minnesota

    November 2, 2021

    • Saint Paul Public Schools School Board General Election
    • Minneapolis Mayoral General Election
    • Anoka-Hennepin School District School Board General Election
    • St. Paul Municipal General Election

    Missouri

    November 2, 2021

    • Brian Steele Recall Election

    Mississippi

    November 2, 2021

    • State Senate District 32 Special General Election
    • State Senate District 38 Special General Election

    Montana

    November 2, 202

    • Helena Municipal General Election

    New Hampshire

    November 2, 2021

    • Manchester School District Board General Election
    • Concord Municipal General Election

    New Jersey

    November 2, 2021

    • Statewide General Election including Governor

    New Mexico

    November 2, 2021

    • Bernalillo County General Election
    • Albuquerque Public Schools School Board General Election
    • Albuquerque Municipal General Election
    • Santa Fe Municipal General Election

    New York

    November 2, 2021

    • Erie County General Election
    • Albany General Election
    • New York City General Election including Mayor

    North Carolina

    November 2, 2021

    • Durham Municipal General Election

    Ohio

    November 2, 2021

    • Pickerington Local School District School Board General Election
    • Gahanna-Jefferson City School District School Board General Election
    • Groveport-Madison Local School District School Board General Election
    • Worthington Schools School Board General Election
    • Hamilton Local School District School Board General Election
    • Toledo Municipal General Election
    • Columbus City Schools School Board General Election
    • Olentangy Local School District School Board General Election
    • Hilliard City Schools School Board General Election
    • New Albany-Plain Local School District School Board General Election
    • Cincinnati General Election
    • Sylvania City School District School Board General Election
    • Berea City School District School Board General Election
    • Washington Local School District School Board General Election
    • South-Western City Schools School Board General Election
    • Franklin County General Election
    • Dublin City Schools School Board General Election
    • Statewide Ballot Measure Election
    • Cincinnati Public Schools School Board General Election
    • Maumee City School District School Board General Election
    • Euclid City School District School Board General Election
    • Cleveland General Election
    • Westerville City School District School Board General Election
    • Canal Winchester Local School District School Board General Election

    Pennsylvania

    November 2, 2021

    • Philadelphia Special Election
    • Statewide General Election
    • House of Representatives District 164 Special Election
    • House of Representatives District 113 Special Election

    Rhode Island

    November 2, 2021

    • State Senate District 3 Special Election

    South Carolina

    November 2, 2021

    • Columbia Municipal General Election

    November 16, 2021

    • Columbia Municipal General Run-Off Election

    Texas

    November 2, 2021

    • East Central Independent School District Special Election
    • Statewide General Election
    • Fort Worth Independent School District Special Election
    • Alief Independent School District Special Election
    • Tarrant County Local Ballot Measure Election
    • Judson Independent School District Special Election
    • Texas House of Representatives District 118 General Run-Off Election 
    • Highland Park Independent School District (Dallas) Special Election 
    • Lubbock County Special Election 
    • Canutillo Independent School District Special Election 
    • New Deal Independent School District Special Election 
    • Alamo Heights Independent School District Special Election 
    • Lubbock Special Election 
    • Southside Independent School District Special Election

    Utah

    November 2, 2021

    • Salt Lake City municipal general election

    Virginia

    November 2, 2021

    • Statewide General Election including Governor

    Washington

    November 2, 2021

    • Statewide General Election

    Wisconsin

    November 2, 2021

    • Mequon-Thiensville School District Recall Elections Against Four School Board Members

    Wyoming

    November 2, 2021

    • Laramie County General election


  • Open Days and Earth Beats at Kunsthaus Zurich

    After 13 years in the making the Kunsthaus Zurich Chipperfield extension is finally open to the public and as a thank you the museum and the city of Zurich are offering free entry October 9 - 10. It's also a perfect time to check out "Earth Beats," the museums look at climate change through the eyes of world re-known artists like Vaughn Bell, Anna Jermolaewa and Ana Mendieta.


  • published Elections Coming Up In October in News 2021-09-26 09:35:06 -0400

    Elections Coming Up In October

    October 2021 Elections By State

    For more information and links to the specific state elections pages, go to Ballotpedia.

    Alabama

    • Birmingham Municipal Run-Off Election
      October 5, 2021
    • State House of Representatives District 63 Special Primary Election
      October 19, 2021

    Alaska

    • Juneau Municipal Elections
      October 5, 2021
    • Anchorage Assembly District 4 Meg Zaletel Recall Election
      October 26, 2021

    Colorado

    • Silverton Mayor and City Council Recall Election
      October 12, 2021

    Iowa

    • State House of Representatives District 29 Special General Election
      October 12, 2021

    Nebraska

    • Ralston Public Schools Local Ballot Measure Special Election
      October 12, 2021

    New Hampshire

    • State House of Representatives Rockingham 6 Special Primary Election 
      October 19, 2021
    • State House of Representatives Cheshire 9 Special Election
      October 26, 2021

    North Carolina

    • Durham Municipal Primary Election
      October 5, 2021

    Northern Mariana Islands

    • State House of Representatives District 3 General Election
      October 16, 2021

    Rhode Island

    • State Senate District 3 Special Primary Election
      October 5, 2021

     

     


  • published Join the Swiss Youth Caucus in News 2021-09-26 09:19:34 -0400

    Join the Swiss Youth Caucus

    The Democrats Abroad Switzerland Youth Caucus (DACH YC) is growing and needs you! The newly-minted Switzerland youth caucus chapter is looking for new members and volunteers. We are small team of young Americans living in Switzerland, who are passionate about voting and supporting other Americans abroad. We aim to give a voice to young people standing in for social and political issues close to our hearts. Whether you are a young professional or a student abroad, have recently moved to Switzerland or have lived here for a while, we look forward to getting in touch with you and having you on our team! To get involved and find out more about the DACH Youth Caucus, contact us at: [email protected].


  • signed up on Global Black Caucus Signup 2021-08-31 08:10:40 -0400

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