About Us

The Broad Room is an activist training camp. We’re building an army of young women to take political action and resist the right-wing agenda.

Who we are

We’re a collective of young women with backgrounds in politics and local government. Real Talk: the world of politics and political activism can seem impenetrable, bureaucratic, and (no surprise) dominated by men. Because we work in politics, we have access to badass women who have been on the front lines of progressive change for decades—and we wanted to share these networks with women across NYC. We wanted to make sure the women of NYC – who flooded the Capitol and cramped subways to JFK – had the tools, knowledge, and networks, to continue showing up. 

So, we started The Broad Room: a training camp for young women to take political action and resist the right-wing agenda. Every step of the way, we’re applying the skills we learn and taking action together— because we know being passively against something isn’t enough. The Broad Room isn’t a physical location—it’s a nod toward our goal: to build spaces where women feel comfortable to speak up, teach each other, and take action. All trainers, writers, members, and contributing artists of The Broad Room identify as female.

How It works

  • The Broad Room's free monthly trainings, led by experts in their field, teach our members how to understand and change government. 
  • Our weekly action letters include must-know info on key political topics. 
  • And our networking events keep our membership engaged and growing.

What We Stand For

We’re fighting for a pro-women, pro-worker, pro-immigrant, pro-LGBTQ agenda. We want a government and elected officials who are serious about tackling economic, gender and racial inequality. We think it’s time for the Democratic Party to put forward bold, progressive ideas that actually energize voters. And we believe progressive women are the answer.

The Broad Room Directors

  • Monica Klein is a political communications specialist, 2 Dope Queens addict, speed reader, and native New Yorker.
  • Elana Leopold is a native New Yorker with 6 years of experience in NYC campaigns and government and harbors a love for all things fitness/shoe-related.
  • Anna Poe-Kest is a Brooklyn-born baby bureaucrat, working for NYC gov. She spent her childhood in oversized union tees and Hanna Andersson floral leggings. 

The Broad Room Organizing Committee

  • Cat Almonte is a proud Afro-Latina immigrant serving the City of New York. She's a lover of great meals and champion of underdogs everywhere. 
  • Laura Barganier is a brand communications pro who's passionate about women's issues, news and storytelling.
  • Rosemary Boeglin is a Midwest-bred broad, communications specialist focused on immigrant rights and progressive change, and disco queen.
  • Anne Brewer is a New Jersey native who is now happy to be settled in Brooklyn/NYC for the foreseeable future. She runs half-marathons (but not marathons) and adores her cat Satsi. 
  • Emily Cody is a strategist, writer, runner, and upstater-turned-New York City adoptee.
  • Allison Devereux is a literary agent, runner, reader, and proud original Texan.
  • Brittany Jones is a California-native Brooklynite who loves food, travel and activism. When she isn't advocating for underserved New Yorkers, she is avoiding cold weather. 
  • Ishanee Parikh is a true blue progressive from the deep, red heart of Texas. She's a taco connoisseur, Survivor fan, and currently a project manager in City government.
  • Fionnuala Seiferth is a public policy enthusiast, reader, and Air Force Brat. 
  • Seema Vashi Garg is a native Texan, ex-Californian, and a proud New Yorker since 2015. She leads a product strategy team at Google and is a huge lover of margs, pop culture, and standing up for people who need it most.

 

 

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