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Join us on 2/4 for You Count: Why the 2020 Census Matters

Manny Cantor Center has partnered with America 101 for the next in our series of engaging panel discussions encouraging the mobilization of our Lower East Side community. Please join us on February 4th for this FREE event.

Tuesday, February 4th | 6:30-8:00pm

Why do we count? Join us as we explore the importance of the 2020 census and the impact it has on our future. We’ll examine the origins of the census, the ways it effects our lives and communities, and how we can ensure a complete and accurate count. We’ve gathered a panel of experts to help us understand the Census and what actions we can take to ensure its success this spring.

Meet Our Panelists:

Meeta Anand

Senior Fellow, NYIC

Meeta is the Census 2020 Senior Fellow spearheading the NYIC’s efforts to ensure a complete and accurate count of New Yorkers in the 2020 Census. Meeta has been actively involved in New York’s mission-driven community for more than a decade, most recently serving as Board Chair for Sakhi for South Asian Women. Meeta spent over 10 years working at the law firm White & Case, where she was an associate in the project and asset finance group and headed business development for the same group. Prior to that, she clerked at the Court of International Trade, interned at the Division of Appeals and Opinions at the New York State Office of the Attorney General, worked as a commercial banker at Banco Santander, interned at the Bureau of Human Rights at the State Department, and assisted research in economics at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A from the The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a B.A. from Tufts University in Political Science and Economics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Carlos F. Rosales

Community Outreach & Engagement Associate
Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York

Carlos Rosales joined CCC as the Community Outreach & Engagement Associate to focus on cultivating and strengthening relationships with CCC’s community-based partners, child and family service providers, neighborhood alliances, faith-based organizations, and the children and families living in New York City. He is also a leading member of CCC’s 2020 Census Campaign: ‘Every Child Counts NYC!’ that aims to achieve a fair and accurate count of all children living in the city. Carlos brings a range of experiences over the last 8+ years including facilitation, partnership development, and participatory engagement approaches. Carlos also serves on the Board for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, elected as Board Co-Chair for the organization. In his previous role, Carlos was the Facilitator and Network Manager for South Bronx Rising Together: working to improve education and kindergarten readiness outcomes for children in the South Bronx. He’s has served as a consultant and worked for various organizations and has experience in advocacy work include community engagement, education, mental health, foster care, incarceration, Latinx, and LGBTQ issues. Carlos received his B.A. in Politics and History at Ithaca College and holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from The New School.

Kelly Percival

Counsel, Brennan Center’s Democracy Program

Kelly Percival is counsel with the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where she focuses on issues related to the 2020 census. Percival guides the organization’s census litigation task force and advises on legal strategy and communications. She coordinates amicus briefs in census-related cases in federal district and appellate courts and in the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Percival practiced constitutional law at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She represented clients seeking to vindicate their First Amendment rights in federal courts and regularly participated as an amicus in state and federal appellate courts, as well as in the U.S. Supreme Court. Percival graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a public interest fellow and a dean’s merit scholar. She holds a BA in cultural and social anthropology from Stanford University.
Adriel Cepeda

Attorney, ACLU Voting Rights Project

Adriel Cepeda is a staff attorney in the ACLU Voting Rights Project. Before joining the ACLU, Adriel was litigation counsel in private practice at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Adriel also served as a judicial law clerk, first to Judge Juan R. Torruella, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and then to Judge Theodore A. McKee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Adriel received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was an editor for the Columbia Law Review. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Williams College.