Adelaide Connaughton is a long-time political activist who has participated in NYC elections since she was 10 years old. Since then, Adelaide has worked on numerous progressive political campaigns, including those of Mayor John Lindsay, President Jimmy Carter, and Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro.
In high-school, Adelaide was an intern for then Assistant Queens District Attorney Geraldine Ferraro, and went on to work for several elected officials, including the first Lesbian Latina member of the City Council, Margarita Lopez. With Council Member Lopez, Adelaide was responsible for monitoring zoning and re-zoning of developments and housing in the Lower East Side, and reviewing Land Use applications.
Adelaide joined the office of Council Member Lopez, after retiring as a Lieutenant for the New York City Emergency Medical Service Division of the New York City Fire Department. She now works as a Senior Entitlement Specialist for the Fortune Society, an organization that assists formerly incarcerated individuals to become full members of society.
Prior to the Fortune Society, Adelaide helped homeless LGBT youth as a youth outreach coordinator for Safe Space, a non-profit agency.
Since 2007, she has served as a vice-president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club and looks forward to continuing the fight for important progressive issues in the years to come.