Webinar: Ballot Box to the Podium: Mobilizing Immigrant Voters and New Leadership

January 25, 2011

Whether as voters, organizers, or political leaders, immigrant communities represent a powerful and growing political constituency. How do smart cities bring new voices and new ideas to the decision table? Find out what cities like Boston and Toronto are doing to mobilize new voters and advance civic leadership in under-represented communities.

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Alejandra Bravo
Manager, Leadership Programs, Maytree Foundation
Alejandra Bravo is Manager of Leadership Programs at the Maytree Foundation, where she trains emerging leaders from diverse communities to participate in civic life. A long-time political activist and former candidate for Toronto City Council, she developed and directs School4Civics. As a volunteer, Alejandra is a member of the Toronto Board of Health and board chair Etobicoke-York Local Health Committee. She is also board chair of Art Starts, using the arts for community development in underserved areas of Toronto. She volunteers as a mentor and trainer with a number of organizations that focus on youth, violence prevention and civic participation.
Eva Millona
Executive Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
She has been with the organization for over ten years, working as the director of Policy and Advocacy and as Deputy Director. Prior to joining MIRA in July, 1999, Eva directed the resettlement program at the Friendly House, Inc in Central MA. In her native Albania, she practiced civil and criminal law. From 1989-1992, Eva served as a judge in Tirana’s District Court. Outside of MIRA, Eva is also the co-chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants and also sits on the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights. Eva is a graduate of Clark University and of Tirana University, School of Law. She is the recipient of the 2009 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Outstanding American by Choice Award, the 2007 Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) Detention Attorney Award, and the 2007 National Lawyers Guild Legal Professional Award.

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