The RVA2012 Committee is proud to announce that our Special Guest and Keynote Speaker for the 2012 Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 31, will be John “Jack” Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, Democratic Activist and Young Democrat.
I was born in New York City and have lived there my entire life. My father is Edwin Schlossberg – he works as an interactive designer and his family came to America from Russia. My mother, Caroline Kennedy, is an author and has worked for the New York Department of Education. I have two sisters, Rose and Tatiana, and I’m very close to both of them.
In 8th grade, I co-founded a non-profit called Relight New York, a project that raised over $100,000 to buy CFL light bulbs and instal them in low-income housing projects in NYC in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and save tenets money on electricity bills. In 2008, I organized a trip for my high-school’s Young Democrats club to canvass in PA for the Obama campaign. I worked as a Senate Page in the summer of 2010 and was elected by my peers to be the Floor Page, the person responsible for delegating orders, filing amendments, and accounting for Senators during votes. The following summer I worked as a Senate Intern. I have also worked on a fishing boat every summer for one month since I was 13. Last year I was elected by my classmates of 13 years to be our graduation speaker.
I’m a freshman at Yale, and the week that I got here I got involved in a campaign for a position held by a Yale student on New Haven’s City Council. I was accepted to the Board Of Alderman’s policy assistant program at the Public Safety assistant, and co-fouded Yale for Chris Murphy. I also do Stand-Up comedy at Yale and write for the Yale Daily News.