On The Avenue

How Non-Partisans Party

by Sarah Hysong Photographed by Patrick McMullan
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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On September 19, AVENUE hosted its August/September issue cover party with Patricia Duff. Duff founded The Common Good in 1988, and formally organized in 2007. This Common Good is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that hosts informal discussions, creating an environment where often opposing national leaders can share information without the constraints of party lines. The event was held in conjunction with ME Miami Hotel, at the Innside Hotel Nomad. 


The Common Good’s goal is to encourage participation in democracy. They work to educate their attendees on issues the government faces, from national security to job depletion, in a way that promotes information rather than polarization.


The Common Good’s speakers are consistently diverse in political affiliation and career. Recent speakers include Democratic Party leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Senator Kristen Gillibrand, advisors to President Trump such as Anthony Scaramucci and Kellyanne Conway, actor Mark Ruffalo and co-host of CBS this morning Gayle King. So it was no surprise that in Duff was joined by people in vastly different lines of work.


There was Ken Lipper, a prominent figure in the world of finance, who also served as New York City’s Deputy Mayor under Mayor Ed Koch. Maureen White was present. She is a specialist in international humanitarian affairs and is a fundraiser for the American Democratic Party. Alan Patricof was also in attendance. He is an investor who was one of the early pioneers of the venture capital and private equity industries.


The celebration of Duff and her work also brought out Marie Claire and Robert Claire Gladstone, Richard CohenMissy Hargraves, Jennifer and Dar Maanavi, Stacey Locker, Barbara Regna, Robert Pietrzak and Gerald Di Chiara.





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