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Thu, Jun 27


The Loft Des Moines

2024 Summer Dinner

Our headline speaker will be Jillian Gaeta, Founder and Co-Facilitator of Roots to Revolution, an educator-driven team, founded and led by women, for the purpose of shepherding students and clients through the complex, transformative landscapes of American history and activism.

2024 Summer Dinner
2024 Summer Dinner

Time & Location

Jun 27, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

The Loft Des Moines, 100 Indiana Ave 2nd floor, Des Moines, IA 50314, USA

About the Event

The Polk County Democratic Party is proud to welcome Jillian Gaeta as the headliner for our 2024 Summer Dinner on Thursday, June 27 at 5:30 PM at The Loft.

As a first generation college student, Jillian understands the power of a quality education. She has dedicated her career to ensuring her students use history as a tool to advocate for themselves. Jillian has worked in NYC public schools for over a decade starting her career in the South Bronx and then moving to her native borough of Brooklyn. She taught grades 5-12 in both American and Global history, but her greatest career achievement was securing 80 tickets for her students to see Hamilton. In addition to teaching children, Jillian has worked with graduate students learning to be social studies teachers. Currently she serves as the Associate Director of History for Achievement First middle schools, supporting history teachers across the network. A long time activist, through Roots to Revolution she hopes adults feel more empowered to engage their communities in liberation work. Jillian holds a bachelor's degree in International Affairs from Lafayette College, and a Masters of Education from Pace University. When she isn’t advocating for social change, Jillian loves to cook pasta from scratch and hang out with her adorable niece.

We’ll also be announcing additional speakers in the coming weeks along with our Volunteer(s) of the Year, our 1932 Awardee and our Youth Leadership Recipients.

The dinner will be catered by Great Caterers of Iowa. All tickets include a buffet meal of a green salad, vegetable, two entrees, bread and a dessert. A cash bar will be available.

Any accommodation requests or dietary requests can be emailed to This includes if you would like a Vegan meal.

Booths are available for purchase by Democratic candidates and issue groups.

Sponsorships are available at many different levels. All proceeds from the event will go toward electing Democrats.

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