Andrea Woodner* & Allison Kavey
Neil A. Mazzella* /HUDSON Scenic Studio, Inc.
Select Equity Group
List as of April 19, 2021
Food and beverages for the event provided by our in-kind sponsors:
VISIONARY SPONSOR ($25,000)
Premier Table for ten guests. Listing as Leadership Committee on the event’s printed materials and web site, and verbal acknowledgement at the event.
EXTREME ACTION HERO ($15,000)
VIP Table for eight guests. Listing as Leadership Committee on the event’s printed materials and web site, and verbal acknowledgement at the event.
ACTION ACE ($10,000)
Tickets for six guests. Listing as Leadership Committee on the event’s printed materials and web site.
Tickets for four guests and listing in the event’s printed materials.
RISK TAKER ($2,500)
Tickets for two guests and listing in the event’s printed materials.
Ticket for one guest and listing in the event’s materials.
About our 2021 Action Maverick Award Honorees
Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni met while working at the Alliance for Quality Education. Cynthia formerly served as the spokesperson for the organization, which Christine helped found. In addition to their advocacy on behalf of equality in education, they also work in tandem for LGBTQ+ rights. Most proudly they played a crucial role in 2010 and 2011 with Fight Back NY, targeting and removing from office NY State Senators who refused to vote for Marriage Equality. They are deeply involved in supporting progressive candidates for office, esp in NY State. Both are graduates of Columbia University, where Marinoni studied Economic Development and where Nixon studied English Literature, at Barnard. They live in downtown NYC and are the parents of Sam, Charlie and Max.
Cynthia Nixon is an Emmy®, Tony® and Grammy® Award winner who began acting professionally at the age of 12. A proud NYC public school graduate, she has been a longtime activist for better funding for public schools, abortion rights, LGBTQ equality, and cancer awareness. In 2018, Nixon ran for Governor of New York State. Her campaign successfully placed issues of racial, economic and gender inequality front and center.
She was seen this fall in Ryan Murphy’s mega-hit series RATCHED and is currently in production on Julian Fellowes’ HBO series THE GILDED AGE. Her two Tony awards are for RABBIT HOLE and THE LITTLE FOXES. In 2009 Nixon was awarded the Best Spoken Word Grammy for her recording of Al Gore’s AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH.
Nixon has appeared in many films. Some favorites include LITTLE DARLINGS, AMADEUS, JAMES WHITE, and A QUIET PASSION in which she played Emily Dickinson. Nixon is best known as Miranda Hobbes in HBO’s celebrated series SEX AND THE CITY, a role that garnered her the first of her two Emmy Awards. She then went on to co-star in the two wildly successful SEX AND THE CITY films. This June she will revisit the character on HBO in a newly imagined version of the original series.
Christine Marinoni hails from Bainbridge Island, WA. She spent a year and a half teaching English in Nicaragua after graduating from Seattle University. Her career in community organizing began when she moved to the Bronx in 1990 and organized residents there to fight for affordable housing. In 1993 she attended the Columbia School for International and Public Affairs earning her master’s degree. After graduation, Marinoni became the director of the Parent Organizing Consortium, a city-wide coalition of community organizing groups fighting for increased resources for NYC’s low-income schools.
In 1998 she helped create the Alliance for Quality Education, a statewide coalition focused on changing NY’s school funding formula to provide equitable resources for low-income school districts. In 2003 she went to work for SEIU 32BJ, running the union’s signature campaign to unionize thousands of security officers citywide and win better pay and working conditions.
After a hiatus to focus on home life and motherhood, Marinoni was recruited to work on the first Mayoral campaign of Bill de Blasio in 2012. In 2014, Christine went to work for the de Blasio administration, serving as a Senior Advisor for Community Partnerships. Splitting time between City Hall and the Department of Education, Christine helped design and implement key Mayoral education initiatives including Pre-K for All and Community Schools, and the restructuring of the DOE’s family and community engagement practices. In addition to her professional life, in 1995 Christine opened the Rising Cafe coffee shop and bar in Park Slope Brooklyn, which served the LGBTQ community for seven years.
What is an Action Maverick?
An original. A person that breaks the rules, re-interprets or establishes new parameters of their craft. New artistic, educational, scientific visions. A risk taker. A hero.
Action Mavericks Honorees
2020 Joshua Ramus
2019 Nona Hendryx and Barbara Hillary
2018 Billie Jean King & Ilana Kloss
2017 Neil A. Mazzella
2016 Laurie Anderson
2015 Dean Potter
2014 Bill T. Jones & Bjorn Amelan
2012 Bettina Drummond
2011 Diana Nyad
2010 Trisha Brown
2009 Cheryl Stearns
2008 Hugh Herr
2007 Noe and Ivan Espana
2006 Philippe Petit
2005 John and Sage Cowles