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Online: April Networking Lunch with Alderwoman Maria Hadden

  • April 29, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom
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Join WP+D for a networking brown bag on Wednesday, April 29 from 12:00 PM-1:00PM to talk with this month's featured guest: Maria Hadden, Alderwoman of the 49th Ward.

Alderwoman Maria Hadden, originally from Columbus, OH, moved to the Rogers Park neighborhood when she first arrived in Chicago in 2004. Like many, Maria chose Rogers Park because of the diverse and welcoming community, its proximity to the lake, its culture, and its affordability. Alderwoman Hadden has found a community in the 49th Ward through her activism and engagement with her neighbors. When the housing bubble burst, she organized her neighbors to save their homes. She’s a founding board member of The Participatory Budgeting Project where she led participatory budgeting processes in Chicago and across the country to build community power through democratic process to ensure all voices are engaged and represented in the public decision-making process. Before being elected to serve as Alderwoman of the 49th Ward, she founded and served as the Executive Director of the national non-profit, Our City Our Voice. This nonprofit worked across the country to redesign democracy for more empowered and equitable participation.

Maria is the first openly LGBT woman on City Council as well as one of the first Black Aldermen to serve the north side of the city. She currently sits on eight committees at City Hall, including the Committee on Housing and Real Estate and the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Buildings. On these committees, she is focused on working with her colleagues to find innovative paths to home ownership and affordable housing for all Chicagoans. Maria lives with her wife, Natalia, and their two dogs in a cooperative apartment in the heart of Rogers Park.

Please Note: This is a members-only event limited to five (5) participants.  As with every WP+D Small Networking Lunch, registration will open at 12:00PM on the first day of the month during which the lunch will be held. Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis and typically fills up quickly. 

Attendance & Cancellation Policy: We ask that members register for no more than two (2) consecutive lunches. If you have attended the past two lunches and would like to attend this event, please e-mail us at wpdchicago@gmail.com to be placed on the wait list. If space becomes available or registration isn't full a week in advance, we will contact you. Due to the popularity of these lunches, we ask for a 48-hour cancellation notice. Failure to notify us in advance may result in a 3-month suspension from the Networking Lunch series.

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