Join Us February 6 at 2 pm for our 2021 Annual Meeting (Via Zoom)

The Dutchess Democratic Women’s Caucus (DDWC) will hold its annual membership meeting via Zoom on Saturday, February 6th at 2 pm. Alyssa Mastromonaco, former Deputy Chief of Staff to President Obama, is the keynote speaker.

“Our annual membership meeting is a way to bring together committed Democrats across Dutchess County to discuss, advocate for and celebrate the important role and contribution of women politicians and activists to build Democratic power at the local and county level,” said Amber Grant, DDWC President and Beacon City Councilperson.

Keynote speaker Alyssa Mastromonaco previously served as president of Global Communications Strategy & Talent at A&E Networks and chief operating officer of Vice Media. She is also a contributing editor at Marie Claire magazine. From 2011-14, she was White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in the Obama Administration, the youngest woman to hold that position. She’s also the New York Times bestselling author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? and So Here’s the Thing and the co-host of Hysteria, a Crooked Media Podcast.

“We are so thrilled that Alyssa Mastromonaco will be joining us. Born and raised in Rhinebeck, Alyssa is a national role model and inspiration for women who want to get involved in politics and make a positive difference whether as a candidate or behind the scenes,” said Grant.

Attendance is free, but attendees are strongly encouraged to join or renew their membership when they register for the event as membership fees help provide financial support to DDWC endorsed candidates in upcoming election cycles. Participants must register in advance.

Membership levels are:
● Eleanor Roosevelt Donor – $500
● Sojourner Truth Donor – $250
● Shirley Chisholm Donor – $100
● Lucille Pattison Donor – $50
● Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Donor – $25

As a further incentive, Oblong Books (Rhinebeck & Millerton) will be offering a 20% online discount on Mastromonaco’s books to new or renewing members of the DDWC.

About the Dutchess Democratic Women’s Caucus
DDWC is a grassroots, nonprofit organization working to elect qualified Democratic women to public office at the state, county, city, town, and village levels and to encourage every Democrat to become politically active. Since our founding, we have helped more than 300 Dutchess County women seek public office by providing campaign workshops, one-on-one mentoring, and financial support. Visit for more information.

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Mother’s Day 2020

Happy Mother’s Day from!

On behalf of the DDWC Executive Committee, we want to thank the following donors who made a contribution to our Virtual Spring Mother’s Day Fundraiser in honor of all the influential women in their lives:

Mary Benkart in tribute to my mother Patricia Thomas, an elementary school teacher who taught me women can do anything they believe in with their strength compassion and wisdom.

Debra Blalock in tribute to Katherine Mason Blalock who loved her children fiercely and taught us how persevere in even the toughest times.

Clare Brandt in honor of Mary Hannon Williams and Diane Jablonski

Deirdre Burns

Brenda Cagle in honor of my strong, generous mother Crystal McFrederick Knight (from West Virginia, home of the 1st official Mother’s Day)

Eleanor Charwat in honor of Anna Buchholz, my political mentor

Irene Di Maio

Jill Fieldstein in memory of my mother Judi Fieldstein, who was not active, but taught me the importance of voting.

Gayle Garin

Sandra Goldberg

Amber Grant

Shirley Handel

Mary Hathaway in honor of Clare Brandt, DDWC Founding President. I hope she is proud of the success of this wonderful organization.

Janet Houston

Sarah Imboden in honor of Jo Thornton, the best US history teacher on the planet who encouraged me on the path to loving history; and to my stepmother Deb a strong feisty woman and a leader!

Susan Jessup

Beth Kolp in memory of Carol Roper, former New Paltz Town Supervisor and Board Member, died April 24 at age 86. She served in leadership positions in countless other community, church, and cultural organizations and taught for many years at Dutchess Community College. Carol was a model of dynamic, intelligent civic engagement.

Alison Lankenau

Robin Lois

Mary Lunt in tribute to Ellie Charwat, constant champion of important organizations and causes.

Wendy Makenzie

Barbara Markell

Ross Patison

Joan Posner in honor of Elizabeth Posner and Katie Legomsky my daughter and daughter-in-law who are amazing mothers and wonderful role models for their sons.

Tricia Reed

Margaret Ross in honor of my intrepid mother and her remarkable granddaughters.

Amy Rothstein

Donna Salem

Ann Shershin in tribute to Jean Murphy, first woman elected to the Dutchess County Legislature

Julie Shiroishi

Nevill Smythe in honor of the Mothers in my life: mine, Ann Smythe; my mother-in-law Anne Strain; and of course my favorite candidate and soon to be NYS Senator, Karen S. Smythe!!!

Mary Williams in tribute to my mother Marcella Hasson who arrived in New York from Ireland at age 19 in 1929. With a 6th grade education, she worked as a maid to send money home to save the family farm, which is still in our family today.