Patricia Duff founded The Common Good in 2007 in New York to bring together major policy leaders from government and authoritative figures from business, media, journalism and academia to speak candidly on the most important issues of the day. These meetings are meant to provide ideas and information, advocate citizen participation, and encourage finding common ground. The Common Good is rooted in Show Coalition, an influential entertainment industry-based organization that she and others started in 1988.
Duff’s work has spanned the entertainment and political worlds. Duff worked as vice president of two of the country’s leading political strategy and consulting firms in Washington D.C., and has lent her energy and expertise to dozens of political races across the country, including several Presidential election efforts. Duff served on the Congressional investigative committee that reexamined the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, had her own television political talk show, led women’s outreach for political campaign efforts, and has served on a number of boards, including the Library of Congress Board of Trustees, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service Board of Advisors and the board of the Lincoln Center Film Society. Duff is a member of the Economic Club and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Executive Project Manager
Jeremy Jones is the Executive Project Manager for The Common Good. He coordinates events, implements our messaging efforts, and supports on a number of on-going projects for the organization. Originally from Buffalo, Jeremy holds a Master of Arts in Elections & Campaign Management from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
Prior to joining our organization, Jeremy was an Account Executive for BrownMillerGroup where he implemented strategic communications campaigns, managed and staffed field campaigns, and supported numerous projects for political, corporate, and non-profit clientele. During his graduate studies, he also interned at the Legislative Office of New York City Council Member Mark Levine.
Zack Stimell is the Project Coordinator for The Common Good. Born and raised in New York City, Zack is now working to promote political involvement in his home town. Zack graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. The Common Good provides a great opportunity for Zack to apply his passion for history and politics.
Having worked in the film industry after graduating, Zack brings a production-based perspective to The Common Good. With The Common Good, Zack organizes events and helps the organization with outreach efforts.
SUMMER INTERN VOLUNTEERS:
Marc Castrillon is an intern for The Common Good. Raised in Bergen County, NJ, attending Rowan University, he is working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a minor in Finance. He is currently on Rowan University’s Wrestling Team. Marc has previously worked at CBA Elevator Consultants, where he helped provide field engineering surveys and inspections for building owners in NYC. Before that, Marc was a lifeguard at Hackensack Golf Club for three years.
Julia Britt is a summer intern at The Common Good. Originally from New York City, she now attends The University of Wisconsin-Madison where she will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Spring. Her majors include Political Science and Communication Arts, with a specialization in debate and rhetoric. Prior to interning at The Common Good, Julia spent the past two summers as a Counselor at Ramapo Country Day Camp.
Grant Sabean is an intern for The Common Good. Born and raised in New York City, he is currently pursuing a double major in History and Public Affairs at Marquette University, where he attended their Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington D.C. He has worked at FP1 Strategies, a political advertising firm. He has also worked for SquirrelWerkz, a private security firm. His previous work experience includes lifeguarding, rowing instructor and a restaurant cook.
Intern Ray Antonison studies Playwriting/Screenwriting and Journalism at SUNY Purchase, entering their senior year. A Long Islander, Ray is an active writer, videographer, and actor. Prior experience includes being a Media Content Intern for Headliner, freelance filmwork for live events and weddings, directing independent video and theater productions, and lifeguarding and teaching at pools.
Sofia Smith is an intern for The Common Good. Originally from Nigeria, but raised in Texas, she is currently a sophomore at Columbia University in The City of New York. She is working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science, with a specialization in International Relations. Prior to interning at The Common Good, Sofia has worked for IESD, Inc. (an educational consulting firm), Columbia’s Athletic Center as part of the Marketing Team, the Machetta Law Firm, the Center on Global Brand Leadership in Columbia’s Business School, and the Financial Aid Office in Columbia’s Law School.
Arielle is a rising sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park pursuing a major in Government and a minor in Spanish. For the past year, she has engaged in research on immigration policy and involved herself in student advocacy groups across her campus, where she pushes for legislative reform in her school and across the United States. Besides public policy and activism, Arielle is passionate about film, theatre, and literature. She is also an avid traveler and trilingual in Russian, Spanish and English.
Max is an intern for The Common Good for the summer of 2017. Originally from Edgemont, NY, he is now a rising junior at New York University, studying Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. Max is passionate about the state of the world economy and the politics surrounding it and hopes to gain more knowledge about these issues through The Common Good. He enjoys music, basketball, sailing and photography.
Geoff Goldfeder is an intern for The Common Good. Born in New York City and raised on Long Island, he is currently a political science and communication double major at Tulane University going into his Junior year. Geoff is an enthusiast of writing, film, and cooking. For the last four summers, Geoff worked as a counselor at West Hills Day Camp. He is currently a part-time intern with Joshua Lafazan’z Nassau County Legislator’s campaign.
Christopher Ly is a summer intern at The Common Good. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, he currently attends Fordham University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy. Christopher is a member of the Fordham Economics Society and Ampersand, a student run creative writing magazine. He is also a political intern at Marvin Holland’s City Council Campaign for District 9 of New York City.