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SFC Career Spotlight: Women in Government and Nonprofits

Nov 18 | Wed |
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Hear from top women professionals in government and nonprofit sectors on how their work has a significant impact on our society and world. About this Event This event is presented by St. Francis College's Career Center and the Women’s Leadership Network. The panel will also provide advice and insight on choosing and preparing for a career in their respective fields.

Panelists include:

The Honorable Roxanne Persaud, New York State Senator Ashley Futrell, Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. Elizabeth Peralta '15, Director of External Relations, Rethink Food NYC Briana Mangano '16, Project Coordinator, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs *Please note the Zoom Webinar attendee link , will be sent out one hour prior to the event's start time. *

About the panelists:

Senator Roxanne Persaud

Roxanne Jacqueline Persaud was elected to the State Senate in November 2015 after serving in the State Assembly. She has been reelected twice. Currently, she serves as the chair of the Social Services Committee as well as a member of the Banks, Children and Families, Commerce, Economic Development & Small Business, Labor and Transportation Committees.

Roxanne spent many years as a Higher Education Administrator prior to being elected to the State Legislature. In addition, she is a longtime advocate for the community. She served as President of the 69th Precinct Community Council in Canarsie, a member of Community Board 18 and Commissioner on the New York City Districting Commission. She also is a graduate of the NYPD Citizens Police Academy as well as, the New York City Office of Emergency Management-Community Emergency Response Team. Additionally, she was a member of Community Action Board of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and Chairperson of the Neighborhood Advisory Board - District 18. She also serves on organizations highlighting domestic violence and cancer awareness among others.

Her dedication to community involvement and her interest in helping others stretches well beyond Brooklyn. She has traveled overseas on several occasions as a volunteer on medical and social outreach programs. She encourages everyone to be actively involved in the community.

Roxanne was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the United States with her parents and siblings. She is a graduate of Pace University from which she holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Education Administration.

In the Senate, Roxanne’s legislative priorities for the District will include safer communities, affordable housing, funding for schools and libraries, supportive services for youth and senior and quality healthcare.

Roxanne lives in the Canarsie section of the 19th Senatorial District.

Ashley Futrell

Ashley A. Futrell is an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, where she investigates and prosecutes federal crimes. Futrell also serves on the Northern District of Ohio’s Federal Reentry Team, where she provides assistance and support for men and women who are reentering society after serving time in federal prison. Futrell previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where she investigated and prosecuted state crimes in New York City. Before law school, Futrell served as a senior congressional staffer on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where she worked for several members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Futrell also worked to secure federal funding for urban parks and conservation for two national conservation organizations. Futrell is a leader in her community. In 2019, Futrell was the recipient of Toledo’s 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Toledo Bar Association, United Way of Greater Toledo’s Women’s Initiative, Leadership Toledo and the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (a merger of the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet). Futrell is a mentor in the Sisters in Law program at Mom’s House Toledo, a committee member for the Toledo Women’s Bar Association and a member of Toledo Opera’s Community Engagement Committee. Futrell is also a member of the Toledo Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the International Women’s Forum. Futrell holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Certificate of Leadership

Elizabeth Peralta '15

Elizabeth Peralta is the Director of External Relations at Rethink Food, a nonprofit organization with the mission to create a sustainable and equitable food system. Peralta previously served as the Executive Director of the National Supermarket Association (NSA), where she served to protect the interest of over 400 supermarket owners in the tri-state area. There she helped establish White House contact, passed bills to help the most vulnerable New Yorkers and even was nominated and selected at “City and State Power 100 List”.

Previously Peralta was the Director of Marketing and Recruitment for St. Joseph High School in Downtown Brooklyn, where she developed an initial marketing plan that increased the school’s visibility and highlighted the Sisters of St. Joseph’s countless efforts to empower women. Through these efforts, she was able to forge relationships that brought technological opportunities for these young women throughout their high school experience. Before her time at St. Joseph High School, Peralta was heavily involved in the nonprofit world, where she worked at several museums in New York City and Washington D.C., working in curatorial, research and education. In 2013, Peralta was awarded a fellowship at the Brooklyn Historical Society, where she researched the common misconceptions of American slavery in New York. In her spare time Peralta dedicates her time to help the Human Adventure Corp, where for the past 4 years she has led their social media and marketing for The New York Encounter. Peralta is a proud graduate of St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, NY, where she developed her passion for advocacy and empowerment through education.

Briana Mangano '16

Briana Mangano is Project Coordinator for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. She has served in city government for three and a half years. Briana is a 2016 graduate of St. Francis College with a bachelor's degree in Psychology.

Venue: Zoom Video Conferencing

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