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Meet Mid-City CAN Community Organizer Emily Serafy Cox

Emily Serafy Cox

Emily Serafy Cox joined Mid-City CAN as a community organizer in late July, 2012. She will be working with the Improving Transportation in City Heights, Food Justice and Senior Momentum Teams.

By Emily Serafy Cox

I was born in Madison, Wis., and raised in the Mennonite tradition of nonviolence and consensus-based decision-making. My father was my first teacher in life and made sure I understood how power and money affect our society.

I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Women's Studies from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. While at Minnesota, I helped organize student protests against the invasion of Iraq and in solidarity with the striking American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees on my campus. I also served as student body president and helped elect Cam Gordon, a neighborhood organizer, to the Minneapolis City Council. These experiences with organizing and government made me fall in love with local politics because I could actually have an effect on what happens. Maybe I can't stop a war, but I can help local workers and students.


After graduation, I worked at a clinic for people without health insurance and served on the Capital Long Range Investment Committee for the City of Minneapolis. I biked to work every day and enjoyed my first real job. Though I loved Minneapolis, I knew I wanted to live and work in a place outside of my comfort zone, at least for a while.
My aunt has lived in San Diego for more than 30 years and convinced me to share her duplex in Golden Hill. Little did I know I would soon be putting down permanent roots in Sunny SD—I met my husband on the bus shortly after moving here and we now have a beautiful 2-year-old daughter. But, for the record, I did not move to San Diego because of the weather and miss snow every Christmas.
Before joining the Mid-City CAN staff, I was executive director at Empower San Diego, a nonprofit that does local civic engagement and coalition-building – like the Community Budget Alliance. While there, I also facilitated Empower's "Communities in Unity" Redistricting Coalition, which helped unite City Heights' voting power in the new 9th City Council District.
I am very excited about the potential for this new voting power in City Heights and it is part of what drew me to work with Mid-City CAN. Building a base of power in the community, which can produce the next generation of political leaders in City Heights, is the most exciting thing I see on the horizon.
I am looking forward to working with all of you on important issues for City Heights. If you would like to contact me, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (619) 283-9624 ext. 203.

 

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