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Ballot Education Party with Jenny Gottstein & Shakirah Simley

Mid-terms are coming up, and the ballot will be full of candidates, props and measures. You ready? It’s okay, we aren’t either. But after this ballot party, we will be! 

Join us at The Ruby's Ballot Education party to get informed, have fun, and meet other brilliant humans as we flex our right to vote for the future we want.

Bring some shareable refreshments (strongly encouraged), bring research on candidates and issues you care about (optional) and bring a notebook / pen (highly recommended). We will be walking through the SF ballot and swapping resources to help each of us cast a vote that is true to our values.

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About Jenny Gottstein

Jenny Gottstein is the Principal Experience Designer in the Design For Play studio at IDEO. Previously she designed  Zombie Apocalypse Disaster Preparedness Games, hitched a ride as the Director of Programming on the Millennial Trains Project, produced music and art events in NYC, covered youth protests in Chile, interviewed the oldest working showgirl in the US, sang on an acid-house Lady Gaga remix that was briefly popular in Ukraine, and founded a company that reduces waste through parties. She is passionate about building community, engagement, resilience, and creative solutions through play. Be in touch!

About Shakirah Simley

Shakirah Simley is a writer, educator, and community organizer in San Francisco. Shakirah has over a decade of experience working on food equity policy issues, as well with national youth organizing and labor unionization campaigns. She is a 2017 Fellow for the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, former Community Director for Bi-Rite and its Family of Businesses in SF, and is the co-founder of Nourish|Resist, a multiracial organizing collaborative dedicated to using food spaces and people as tools for collective resistance. She graduated from UPenn in 2007 with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Urban Studies, and received her M.A. from the University of Gastronomic Sciences via a Fulbright scholarship. Shakirah has been honored for her work as one of Zagat’s "30 under 30" and received special commendations from the City of SF from former Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor London Breed. She currently works for the City and County of San Francisco, doing community and economic development in the city's Southeast neighborhoods. Her writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, SF Chronicle, Civil Eats, and the recently published book: Feed the Resistance.