Dana Balter to Host Virtual Conversation with House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries and Local Black Community Leaders

Syracuse, NY — This Thursday, October 1st, NY-24 Democratic congressional nominee Dana Balter will host a virtual conversation with House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) and local Black community leaders Yusuf Abdul-Qadir, Bishop Colette Matthews-Carter, and Gwen Webber-McLeod. Together, they will discuss how the federal government can best serve the Black communities in central and western New York.

The conversation is open to the community and to the press. Press must RSVP for the Zoom link. Guests will be able to watch via Zoom or Facebook Live.

Virtual Conversation with the Black Communities of NY-24
Thursday, October 1st at 5:30pm

  • Dana Balter, Democratic nominee for Congress in NY-24;
  • House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8);
  • community member Yusuf Abdul-Qadir;
  • Bishop Colette Matthews-Carter;
  • Gwen Webber-McLeod, President and CEO of Gwen, Inc, and founder of You Can’t Fail Inc.

Zoom link available upon RSVP

To RSVP, please email Rosa Colman, Rosa@ElectDanabalter.com

Representative Hakeem Jeffries represents the diverse Eighth Congressional District of New York, an area that encompasses large parts of Brooklyn and a section of Queens. Serving his fourth term in the United States Congress, Rep. Jeffries is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and House Budget Committee. Rep. Jeffries is Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, having been elected to that position by his colleagues in November 2018. In that capacity, he is the fifth highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives.  He is also the former Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus and previously co-chaired the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee where he helped develop the For The People agenda. In Congress, Rep. Jeffries is a tireless advocate for social and economic justice. He has worked hard to help residents impacted by the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, reform our criminal justice system, improve the economy for everyday Americans and protect health care from right-wing attacks.

Yusuf Abdul-Qadir is a leader, researcher and activist scholar working at the intersections of climate and environmental justice, racial equity and technology. Yusuf is currently an adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University, as well as an alum of S.U. himself. Originally from the inner city borough of the Bronx, he is a well-traveled commentator and emerging leader concerned with the impacts of human behavior on the natural environment and communities (urban, suburban, and rural) in developing and more developed countries. An entrepreneur, he has designed and managed various projects that aid stakeholders including governments and municipalities, corporations, communities, universities, and students.

Bishop Colette Matthews-Carter is a founder of Zion Hill World Harvest Baptist Church in Syracuse and now serves as senior pastor there. She is also a bishop of the Covenant Fellowship of Churches, a non-denominational group. Bishop Matthews-Carter is a community organizer, and is active with ACTS (Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse). She serves as second vice president for the local NAACP, and sits on the Round Table of Faith Leaders for Interfaith Works. Additionally, she is a state-licensed real estate agent, and works out of Baldwinsville and Clay.

Gwen Webber-McLeod is the President and CEO of Gwen, Inc. a company solely devoted to supporting mid level to executive level leaders. Gwen has over 30 years experience in leadership/organization development, facilitation, strategic planning, the development of effective coalitions/collaborations, helping companies develop strategies for taking diversity and inclusion initiatives to the next level, and the strategic development of women and minority leaders breaking glass/cement ceilings in companies. She is a frequently sought-after lecturer and conference keynote speaker on the topic of leadership. Gwen is also the founder of You Can’t Fail Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides strategically designed multicultural leadership development experiences for emerging and established women leaders.

Dana is a lifelong educator, receiving her first paycheck at the age of twelve for teaching at Sunday school. Early in her career, she was a teacher and director of education at a disability services nonprofit and recently taught at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. Dana Balter was the 2018 Democratic nominee for Congress in NY-24, where her campaign smashed fundraising records and came closer than any Democrat ever has to defeating John Katko.