Boot Camps with IGNITE


#IGNITEinAction is about activating young women across New York City to take the first step towards political leadership by securing a seat on a local Community Board or commission.  Meet with board members and commissioners, explore what positions are available, build a peer network of support, and polish your professional resume.

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IGNITE in Action: Bronx Community Board Boot Camp

Venue: Third Avenue BID

Address: 2825 Third Avenue, 3rd Floor, Bronx, New York

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Time: 10:00AM to 2:00PM (Doors Open at 9:45AM)


Speakers for the Bronx Community Board Boot Camp

Clarisa_Alayeto__Bronx_Community_Board_1.jpegClarisa Alayeto, Board Member, Bronx Community Board 1

Clarisa is a Bronx resident, Founder of Yothatzpeace, a community organizer, youth advocate. and the family and community engagement coordinator at DREAM serving youth and families in East Harlem and the South Bronx. Her passion for her community has led her to serve as a Board Member of Bronx Community Board 1 since 2014. Follow her journey at  @Cool_Riss_

Marjorie_Velazquez__Treasurer__Bronx_Community_Board_10.JPGMarjorie Velazquez, Treasurer, Bronx Community Board 10

Marjorie was born into a Bronx home that embodies the opportunities provided by this great borough and city. As the daughter of Puerto Rican parents who moved here in the 1970’s to create a better life, she learned the value of hard work, dedication, and education from a young age.

Marjorie’s roots in the community were formed during her early years attending P.S. 106 and M.S. 127 in Castle Hill and St. Catharine Academy for high school in Pelham Parkway.  She then went on to earn her degree in Finance and Accounting at the Stern School of Business at New York University. She worked in several corporate finances, budgeting and accounting positions, and most recently served as a Senior Accountant in the Corporate Finance Group at DIRECTV Latin America, where she designed and implemented accounting strategies for South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean.

Marjorie lives in Throggs Neck with her husband, Jeff, and their three cats, Mercutio, Mio and Savannah Grace. When Marjorie isn’t busy serving the public, she enjoys Karaoke, Board Games and Excel Spreadsheets.

Glendalys_Salgado_Pichardo__Bronx_Community_Board_.jpgGlendalys Salgado Pichardo, Board Member, Housing committee, Bronx Community Board 2

Glendalys developed a love for community engagement at a very young age, as a youth mentor and tutor her parish church and school. Her political career began when she served as President of Bronx Community College’s Student Government Association and a delegate to the City University of New York’s University Student Senate. In July 2013, she began working for the Bronx Democratic Party as an administrative assistant under Hon. Carl E. Heastie. When Heastie ascended to Assembly Speaker, she subsequently became executive assistant under his successor Hon. Marcos A. Crespo. While in this role, she became treasurer for the Bronx Young Democrats and downstate vice president for the New York State Young Democrats.

Aside from her political work, Glendalys is a concerned mother serving on her local community board and sits on its Housing committee. She is also a small business owner, running a small marketing consulting business called Bronxite Consulting.

John_Sanchez__District_Manager__Bronx_Community_Board_6.jpgJohn Sanchez, District Manager, Bronx Community Board #6

John is a lifelong Bronx resident and currently the District Manager for Bronx Community Board 6 where he is responsible for ensuring city service delivery and submitting community budget requests to elected officials and city agencies. In his first year, he successfully advocated to bring a Youth Court to The Bronx and worked with the Department of Small Business Services to receive more than $200,000 in grants for storefront facade improvements on East Tremont Ave. He previously served as NYC Advocacy Manager for the Northeast Charter Schools Network helping advocate for increased charter school funding and also served in the NYS Assembly as Deputy Chief of Staff for a Bronx Assembly member where he was responsible for managing the district office, resolving constituent issues, and community outreach. John also serves on the nonprofit boards of Housing Rights Initiative and Legacy College Prep Charter School. John is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business. Learn more about Community Board #6 @Bronxcb6.

Amanda_Septimo__Lifelong_Bronx_Resident_and_Community_Leader.jpgAmanda Septimo, Lifelong Bronx Resident and Community Leader

Amanda Septimo is a lifelong Bronx resident with a long, rich history of service to the community. Most recently, Amanda Septimo worked with the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) to ensure that school leaders and students have the resources they need to transform every school into a thriving learning environment.

Prior to joining CSA, Amanda Septimo spent four years working with Congressman Jose E. Serrano in The Bronx. In 2014, Amanda became one of the youngest serving senior staffers in Congress when she was promoted to District Director for the 15th Congressional District. During her time as District Director for Congressman Serrano, Amanda Septimo significantly expanded the pool of federal resources in the district and amplified the array of services available to constituents.

With hopes of a continued career in public service, Amanda Septimo continues to pursue work that champions the fight for true justice, educational equality, and economic opportunity for everyone in New York. Follow her work at @AmandaSeptimo.

Suzanne_Markland-Suwareh__Board_Member__Bronx_Community_Board_5.jpgSuzanne Markland-Suwareh, Board Member, Bronx Community Board 5

Suzanne is a senior international marketing major at Baruch College. She is currently the President of Ignite at Baruch and board member of Bronx Community Board 5. Some of her greatest passions are women's rights, girls education, economic development in the Caribbean and is committed to ending violence against women and girls. You can follow this young woman’s journey at @SuzMSuwareh.


Save the date 

  • May 19, 2018: IGNITE in Action: Brooklyn Community Board Boot Camp
  • June 9, 2018: IGNITE in Action: Manhattan Community Board Boot Camp