"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Innovation Council

The Eleanor’s Legacy Junior Board, called the Innovation Council, was formed in late 2017 with a small group of committed young women looking to amplify the mission of recruiting, training, and funding pro-choice Democratic women throughout the state of New York.

Our Innovation Council holds quarterly meetings, social events throughout the year, and receives special opportunities free of charge to further their skills, such as workshops with UCB Theatre, and specialized trainings by seasoned professionals from winning local and national campaigns. All members commit to volunteering for women candidates and holding small dollar fundraisers.

If you’re a young professional passionate about New York state and local politics, looking to get involved, learn new skills, and expand your network, join us!

Innovation Council In Action!

In 2018 Our Members:

  • Joined a series of free-of-charge workshops to enhance their public speaking skills with UCB Theatre.
  • Volunteered for candidates like Shelley Mayer, Anna Kaplan, Jen Metzger, Karen Smythe, Tish James, Alessandra Biaggi, and Jessica Ramos.
  • Signed up for a free evening of conversation with Governor Howard Dean and Karine Jean-Pierre
  • Volunteered at our annual events, such as our Spring Breakfast, Fall Luncheon, and Hamptons Reception, getting to hear from women leaders like US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, US Senator Tammy Baldwin, New York Attorney General Tish James, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, Higher Heights founders Kimberly Peeler-Allen and Glynda C. Carr, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, US Senator Mazie Hirono, and many more.
  • Raised critical funds through a partnership with Lingua Franca NYC, as well as hosting wellness events (a yoga evening and a spa day!), happy hours, and a mini golf classic.

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