Join us to celebrate three community champions on June 22 at the DUMBO Loft!

Our honorees are building bridges that make democracy work for the people. We are excited to celebrate their contributions to PBNYC and a better city for everyone. Read more about their work below.

June 22, 2016 | 6:00 – 9:00pm | The DUMBO Loft, 155 Water Street Brooklyn



Joan Bakiriddin is community activist who has stepped up as an amazing PB champion for the past five years in Flatbush, Brooklyn!

Joan was one of the original leaders of the inaugural year of Participatory Budgeting in New York City, in Council District 45. She has supported Council Member Jumaane Williams’ office in engaging thousands of residents to decide how to spend over $5 million. To have even greater impact, Joan joined the city-wide PBNYC Steering Committee, helping the process grow from 4 districts in 2011 to 28 districts this year.

Joan is a steadfast champion for voices who are often left out of political processes. She has consistently worked to build community support, raise funding, and recruit volunteers to enable PB to have deeper impacts. Her leadership has helped make PB a platform for including more women and communities of color in decisions that shape their lives.

Join us to honor Joan Bakirridin!


We will celebrate The Fortune Society and their work as an Organizational Ally because democracy and government work when everyone can participate.

The Fortune Society organizes formerly incarcerated clients to engage in participatory budgeting, empowering them to more fully participate in the political process. Unlike in traditional elections, all formerly incarcerated residents can participate and vote in PB, helping them reintegrate into their communities.

Through PB, their clients have a direct impact on how city tax dollars are spent. They show that having been incarcerated does not diminish the positive impact that individuals can have on the communities in which they live – PBP deeply values this commitment to authentically engagement with traditionally marginalized populations.

Join us in celebrating The Fortune Society’s innovative work!


The New York Women’s Foundation – our philanthropic partner honoree – is at the forefront of funding work for economic justice for women and families in New York City. Over the past four years, it has been the largest funder for Participatory Budgeting in New York City, establishing PB as a top strategy for systemic social, economic, and political change. Each year,women have participated in PB at higher rates than men and won funding for community improvements that disproportionately benefit women.  PBNYC has trained hundreds of women to become new community leaders, creating new pathways to political power and leadership.

Like PB, NYWF is collaborative and inclusive in its approach to grantmaking, engaging leaders from affected communities in making funding decisions. The foundation’s partnership puts PBP in powerful company. It connects PB with leading organizations that offer ground-breaking solutions to injustice and foster participatory democracy for all New Yorkers, especially those most marginalized from political power.

We are delighted to recognize the NYWF’s risk-taking leadership in the field of social change philanthropy.
Join us!

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Host Committee.

(in formation)

  • Ken Browne, Ken Browne Productions
  • Michelle de la Uz, Fifth Avenue Committee
  • David Giordano, The Children’s Aid Society
  • Patricia Jerido, Leadership Matters Consulting
  • NYC Council Member Carlos Menchaca
  • Amanda Kathryn Roman, Bridge Alliance and CTG Associates
  • gabriel sayegh, Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice
  • Micah Sifry, Civic Hall
  • Benjamin Solotaire, D33 District Committee
  • Paul Vasquez
  • Ny Whitaker, Ny Whitaker Inc.
  • NYC Council Member Jumaane Williams
  • Ayse Yonder, Pratt Institute Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development
  • Sondra Youdelman, Community Voices Heard

Download the tickets, sponsorship, and messages [PDF]


PB Participant tickets $60.

Regular tickets $100.

Supporter tickets $160. For one regular ticket and to cover costs for one PB participant to attend free of charge.



Show your support for honorees and PB by adding a message in our digital journal which will be displayed throughout the event.

Quarter page $150 | Half page $300 | Full page $500

Purchase a message now.


All sponsors will be:

  • Featured on printed signage at the event;
  • Featured on the event webpage;
  • Recognized on PBP’s website;
  • Thanked during the event program.

Local Visionary $250. One ticket and recognition in Digital Journal.

Neighborhood Advocate $500. Two tickets & Quarter page Digital Journal Message.

Community Leader $1000. Four tickets & Half page Digital Journal Message.

Citywide Activist $2500. Six tickets & Full page Digital Journal Message.

National Ally $5000. Eight tickets & Full page Digital Journal Message.

Global Champion $10,000. Ten tickets & Full page Digital Journal Message.

Become a sponsor now.


  • New York Women’s Foundation
  • Fund for Democratic Communities
  • Bridge Alliance
  • Children’s Aid Society
  • Pratt Institute – Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development
  • Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
  • Fortune Society
  • Fifth Avenue Committee
  • Ny Whitaker Inc.
  • Demos
  • Pratt Center for Community Development

  • PBP is the first and only organization in North America whose sole focus is to advance participatory budgeting. We work closely with local partners to launch participatory budgeting processes, providing technical assistance, educating the public, and conducting research and evaluation help participatory budgeting grow.