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BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Denise Feriozzi, principal at Civitas Public Affairs

POLITICO logo POLITICO 8/14/2020 By POLITICO Staff
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How/where are you celebrating your birthday and with whom? “I will be celebrating my birthday in a hotel, gloriously alone after five months of intense togetherness with my family (who I love dearly).”

How did you get your start in your career? “I got my start through a training program called 21stCentury Democrats that placed me as a field organizer for U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson’s 2002 reelection in South Dakota. We won that race by a mere 524 votes and I was hooked. That campaign also gave me the opportunity to learn from some of the absolute best people in Democratic politics, which has helped me at every point in my career.”

What’s an interesting book/article you’re reading during coronavirus social distancing? And why? “I recently read ‘Rodham’ by Curtis Sittenfeld, which is a fictional account of Hillary Clinton’s life if she had taken another path. Spoiler: she becomes president. Given the current reality, I would really like to live in that fictional world.”

What’s a trend going on in the U.S. or abroad that doesn’t get enough attention? “I’ve been watching closely how local leaders -- whether it’s mayors, city councilors or school board members -- have really been stepping up in this moment. They are making incredibly important decisions on public health and safety, deciding when and how to reopen schools and reforming policing. In politics and especially in Washington, we don’t value these offices enough and yet they can affect people’s day-to-day lives the most.”

How’s the Trump presidency going? “My mother taught me that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

What’s a fun fact that people in Washington might not know about you? “I met my husband Zach Stewart in Iowa during the ’08 caucuses, where we were both working for Hillary Clinton.”


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