Maya Enista Smith: How do we mobilize Seattle?
Hey Seattle! I'm so looking forward to seeing you this week. My name is Maya, and I have the honor of serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Mobilize.org. On November 17th, I'll be at UW for CityClub's Community Matters Campaign Finale – what an honor! I can't wait to learn more about Seattle and the amazing work that your citizens, non-profits and institutions do.
I've spent the past 10 years of my life working in the non-profit sector, and if all goes well – I'll spend the next 50 years doing so as well. At 17 years old, I got my first job with an organization called Rock The Vote and registered over 30,000 young people to vote. As the daughter of Romanian immigrants, working in civic engagement gave me the opportunity to share how grateful I was for the rights, opportunities and freedoms that I had been born into and appreciate the struggles of my family in helping to ensure I had those. I decided to spend the rest of my life working to get other young people engaged and creating the campuses, communities and democracy that we envision. I have been with Mobilize.org for almost 7 years, and our mission is to empower and invest in Millennials (young people, ages 15 – 35) to create and implement solutions to social problems.
We'd love to do some work in Seattle, but first – I need to learn more! How do you think we should Mobilize Seattle? What do you think makes Seattle different from other places around the country? What do you think I should know about your region and unique personality before I arrive? I’ve heard about ‘the Seattle process’ – what’s that about? When have you been the most inspired to get involved? Where have you seen effective examples of Millenials in action locally? What about you Boomers, what do you think I should know? Most importantly – how can I help? I look forward to a conversation with you on the 17th, and please feel free to find me on Twitter (@menista + @mob_org) (this event is #mayamobilize) or send me an email at email@example.com.
I can’t wait to hear from you and look forward to seeing you on the 17th!
You can register for the free event by clicking here.