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MEET CHRISTINA

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Christina Romeo has 6+ years of experience in internal and external communications, social media strategy and content creation, campaign management, alliance development, strategic planning, and integration, interpersonal public relations/affairs and story-telling, digital and legislative advocacy, and grassroots organizing.

 

She graduated cum laude with a BA in English from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, and earned her Masters in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy, and Political Theory at the Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Public Affairs at SUNY Albany. 


Christina began her organizing and advocacy campaign career when she was nineteen years old when she was the lead campus organizer and student/faculty/administration liaison for the Save Our Saint Rose movement. She led many campus-wide educational forums, organized peaceful protests and demonstrations, and gathered over 1,000 petition signatures from Saint Rose alumni, faculty, current students, and concerned community members. She led a national letter of support campaign and secured several letters of support, including the International Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. She was also featured in the Daily Gazette  and Spectrum News as a main spokesperson for the Save Our Saint Rose Movement.  At the end of the Save Our Saint Rose movement, Christina secured a renewed contract for one of the laid-off English professors who were central to the English Department’s success and maintained pressure on the college administration to include students, faculty, and alumni on all campus matters. 


Moving forward, Christina translated her skills in grassroots organizing and advocacy campaign experience to her work at SKD Knickerbocker’s Albany office as a Public Affairs and Political Research Intern. During her time at SKD, Christina worked on a congressional campaign in the North Country, political advocacy and educational campaign in Central New York, and worked heavily on the Bring It Home campaign.

 

The Bring It Home campaign was a statewide coalition of mental health housing providers, mental health advocates, residents, and their families. The campaign focused on urging New York State legislators and Governor Cuomo to adequately fund mental health housing programs for individuals with psychiatric disorders. The campaign’s foundation was on education and advocacy in order to bring better funding for better care to New York. When she worked on the Bring It Home campaign, she drafted their core messaging document, question and answer guides, and all press releases, media advisories, op-eds, letter to the editors, letters of support to legislators, and the Governor, written testimonies, and coalition statements. She drafted messaging and question and answer documents for all coalition members and handled all press matters including, but not limited to, drafting and blasting all press releases/media advisories to local and targeted national media outlets  Two of her drafted op-eds was successfully placed in The Poughkeepsie Journal and the The Daily Gazette. 

 

Alongside assisting in managing the Bring It Home campaign, Christina worked on a congressional campaign in New York's 21st Congressional District. While working on this campaign, Christina drafted messaging documents, helped craft the candidate's policy platform, drafted press statements, media advisories, and press releases. Christina also drafted talking points and educational memos for the congressional candidate. She helped draft, edit, and place several op-ed pieces that were published on major media platforms such as Lenny Letter and Teen Vogue. Christina helped manage and advance major policy issues during the candidate's campaign including the Adirondack Rail Car Storage Issue which called on Rep. Elise Stefanik and Governor Andrew Cuomo to take action on this issue in Adirondack Daily Enterprise The Glen Falls Post-Star, and the Times Union. Christina also crafted tweets and Facebook posts for the candidate about various issues that affect the North Country. With the congressional candidate's urging, Governor Andrew Cuomo took action on the issue and it is being resolved. Throughout the duration of the campaign, Christina integrated a clear and concise campaign strategy that innovatively combined key relationships with local press, North County politics, and an utmost passion and attention to the needs of the constituents her candidate would have served. 

 

Then, Christina accepted a position as a Research and Writing Assistant for J Strategies, an innovative woman-owned and operated government affairs and alliance development firm in Albany, NY. During her time at J Strategies, Christina managed the #bFair2DirectCare campaign which is a coalition of not-for-profit agencies that provide housing and support for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. The campaign aims to secure a living wage and Phases 2 and 3 of a six-phase installment plan for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). As the campaign manager, Christina organized coalition meetings, assists in overall campaign strategy, and organizes rallies and campaign awareness events across New York State. Christina also created the campaign's Advocacy Toolkit and messaging documents for both internal and external use.  


In January 2019, Christina was a member of the prestigious cohort of Public Policy Fellows for the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society's Women and Public Policy Fellowship. Christina is among over 400 sister fellows who have gone on to careers in public service in the private, non-profit, federal, state, and local level and sectors. Christina is currently a Public Policy Fellow for the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. As a fellow, Christina assisted in shaping the NYSCADV's public policy platform and legislative agenda, assisted with organizing lobby days and any advocacy events and be a public policy liaison between the NYSCADV's network of domestic violence shelters and agencies across the state. 

Directly after working at NYSCADV, Christina was a Public Affairs Fellow at Gramercy working on high-profile clients in health care and non-profit sectors. From organizing press conferences to developing strategic messaging and public affairs campaigns – Christina demonstrated a keen and interpersonal commitment to her client's success in ensuring key stakeholders and the public knew what they were doing on the ground for the community at large. She is now the Communications and Marketing Manager of the New York Library Association where she advances the stories of New York's libraries and our 7000 members across the state and manages the annual Trade Show. 

Currently, alongside her work in campaign managing and advocacy, Christina is the Co-Chair and Public Policy Coordinator of the Capital Region's Chapter of GLSEN. She is a member of a coalition of LGBTQIA advocates throughout the state and assists in organizing the annual LGBTQ Day of Advocacy at the New York State Capital.  As the Public Policy Coordinator, Christina crafts the chapter's public policy platform and trains aspiring LGBTQ+ youth leaders in public policy and advocacy to be confident in their ability to lobby for themselves and in turn for a more inclusive and intersectional future. She teaches LGBTQ+ youth throughout the Capital Region the power of storytelling and using one's own personal experiences to advocate for public policy initiatives. Christina was also selected as the 2020 New Leaders Council Fellow, a 2021 Emerging Nonprofit Leader, and is a Board Member for the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society.

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MEET LAUREN

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Lauren has her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Music Technology from The College of Saint Rose. She is a Paralegal and is applying to law school.

 

Since Lauren was very young, she harbored an intense desire to help others. One of the biggest reasons for this was her lifelong battle with an extremely rare auto-inflammatory disorder called Blau Syndrome- which first presented at six months old. Her journey would consist of being falsely diagnosed with autism until she was three, not being taken seriously by doctors until she lost vision in her left eye permanently, experiencing extreme pain, and battling against the pharmaceutical industry for her right to affordable and quality healthcare.

 

Throughout the challenges she faced, Lauren remained as active as possible and involved in her community throughout her youth. When she first started college at Dutchess Community College, she chose an academic path towards a degree in Chemistry in hopes of someday going to medical school.

 

However, during her first internship shadowing a respected physician in her area, she realized that medicine was not the path she wanted to take. A lot of the patients she helped during her internship presented with medical issues caused by disproportionate social conditions such as extreme stress due to finances, domestic violence, untreated mental health issues due to lack of resources, etc. She realized so many of those patients would not have needed to walk through that door if there were the proper societal systems put in place to help a community overcome various challenges. It is at that realization that she decided to change her trajectory.

 

During the fall of 2014, Lauren started her BA in Sociology at the College of St Rose. She immediately joined the LGBTQ+ advocacy group on campus, Identity, where she met what would be some of her lifelong friends, including the founder of Three C Collective, Christina Romeo. She knew she was on the right path from the start of her classes and how she was able to dive deeply into her work as well as answer the tough questions about our nation’s social history and use that knowledge towards the betterment of tomorrow. In the Fall of 2015, the former College of Saint Rose administration terminated twenty-three bachelor degree programs and twenty-eight tenured professors. Both Lauren’s major and academic mentor was a part of those lost. With the collaborative efforts of her friends, she co-founded the Saint Rose Student Union and learned firsthand what it takes to organize a grassroots movement.

 

In March of 2016, her first academic study, “The Stress and Depression Levels of LGBT versus non-LGBT levels.” was published in Eastern Sociological Studies. Less than a year after that, Lauren was working in the New York State Assembly as a Legislative Intern for Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton. After graduating in August of 2017, Lauren started her first post-graduate job at the 501c3, Alliance for Positive Health as a Peer Navigator. There she was able to use her personal experience with chronic illness and her professional training thus far to help the HIV+ community in the capital region obtain affordable healthcare.

 

In February 2019, Lauren was a Recovery Coach at the Council on Addiction, Prevention, and Education in Fishkill, NY. Through this position, she obtained her certification as a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate through the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. There she was able to use her cultivated skills to be a fierce advocate for those in active addiction when it mattered most; within the walls of various emergency rooms, courthouses, and incarceration centers.

 

Lauren is passionate to help all marginalized folks and always keeps an open mind and an attitude of constant learning. She considers herself to specialize in matters of US healthcare and addiction policy along with LGBTQ+ rights and racial justice/reparations.