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Communities of Color Two Day Training

Communities of Color Two Day Training

Representation Matters: Are You Ready to Run for Local Office?

CCM's Free Two-Day Training will Teach People of Color the Fundamentals to Run for Office or Serve on a Board or Commission!


Please scroll down to register for each day.

Day One - Saturday, February 13th, 10am - 3:30pm back to top

A one-day intensive training from the School for people of color with a newly discovered or revived passion for politics. Will provide a foundation and skill set for launch as community leaders.

The training includes a comprehensive discussion of all of the components necessary to begin a political career, both personally and professionally; cogent and inspiring speaking techniques; and effective networking.

TCS Yale has been training women to lead for over twenty years and in recent years has included men in the training. That training covers a range of topics including: setting up a campaign, fundraising, developing your message, building your communications and strategy plan, digital and social media best practices and more. The first day of CCM’s training for men and women representing communities of color will be adapted from TCS’s great work over many years.

Presentation Topics Included:

  • Making the Decision to Run - Patti Russo, Executive Director, TCSYale
  • Essentials of Fundraising - Francesca Capodilupo, Professor at Fordham University
  • Finding Your Voice, Making It Matter - Gilda Bonanno, President, Gilda Bonanno, LLC
  • Roundtable Discussion with TCSYale Alumnae - YT Bell, Renee Johnson, Babz Rawls Ivy, and Jamie Scott
  • Effective Networking Techniques, Steps and Questions - Patti Russo, TCSYale

Day 2 - Saturday, February 27th, 10am - 3:30pm back to top

Day Two will include presentations from and coversations with individuals with varying local government backgrounds.

Topics Include:

  • How to Become a Leader in your Community and Work for Change
       Shawn Wooden, State Treasurer and former Hartford City Council President
  • I Want to Get Involved in My Community and Local Government—Where do I Start?
       Mark Overmyer Velazquez, UCONN Hartford Campus Director and former West Hartford Board of Education member
  • Panel of Experienced Municipal Officials of Color Discuss Lessons Learned / Best Practices
       Moderator: Melvette Hill
       Suzette DeBeatham-Brown, Mayor, Bloomfield;
       Ed Ford, Councilmember, Middletown City Council;
       Roberta Gill-Brooks, Tax Collector, Branford;
       Cathy Iino, First Selectwoman, Killingworth;
       Aidee Nieves, President, Bridgeport City Council;
    Gerard Smith, First Selectman, Beacon Falls;
       Francisco Santiago, Minority Leader, New Britain City Council
  • Municipal Governance and Finance 101
       Scott Jackson, Finance Director, Hamden; Former CAO City of New Haven; Former Mayor of Hamden; Commissioner,
       CT Department of Revenue Services and Department of Labor
  • Ethics, Public Meetings, Roberts Rules, Freedom of Information and more
       Kari Olson of Murtha Cullina

Questions? back to top

For questions about Day 1, please contact Patti Russo at The Campaign School at 203-734-7385.

For questions about Day 2, please contact Richard Porth at CCM at

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