Mayor de Blasio Appoints Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune First Ever Democracy Officer

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune as the City’s c. In her new role, Fonseca-Sabune will continue to develop and expand the Mayor’s DemocracyNYC agenda which aims to strengthen democracy locally and nationally by engaging more people in civic life.

“… Ayirini and her experience helping communities of all backgrounds will be key in developing plans to get more people from across all demographics involved in our democracy locally and nationally. I look forward to working with her to expand DemocracyNYC.”

“Our democracy works best when everyone gets involved, when all voices are heard and when government provides its people with the resources and information necessary to do these things effectively,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “That’s why I’m excited to bring Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune on board as our first-ever Chief Democracy Officer. Ayirini and her experience helping communities of all backgrounds will be key in developing plans to get more people from across all demographics involved in our democracy locally and nationally. I look forward to working with her to expand DemocracyNYC.”

“Without a strong democracy, there is no strong America,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Phil Thompson. “In New York City, we want to build the strongest democracy in the country by making sure every New Yorker has a voice and knows how to be civically engaged. Strong democracy and civic engagement mean better schools, more engaged young people, active and improving communities and a more equitable city. That’s what we are building in NYC.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining DemocracyNYC as New York City’s first Chief Democracy Officer – giving a voice to every New Yorker is essential to the health of our city and our democracy. I look forward to partnering with New Yorkers from all walks of life to democratize our city and engage residents in voter registration, participation and more opportunities for engagement throughout our shared civic life,” said Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune, Chief Democracy Officer.

Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune is an accomplished civil and human rights lawyer who most recently worked at the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center. During her time there, Fonseca-Sabune represented low-income tenants facing harassment by their landlords.


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In her new role, Fonseca-Sabune will be responsible for amplifying the voice of every New Yorker by engaging people from across all demographics in our democracy. This includes developing robust voter registration drives, expanding civics lesson plans for teachers in New York City school through Civics for All, and engaging local and national partners to develop new ways to engage people civically at all levels of government – from community boards to the City Council, to our state legislature and federal government.

Via cityhall.nyc.gov

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