You are invited to join the first in a series of civic conversations taking place in towns across Fairfield County, presented by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Each local discussion will focus on the future: what experts are predicting, what demographics and statistics indicate for the coming years, and what people would like to see happen in their towns in the next decade and beyond.
At the series kickoff in Darien, attendees will hear about the long-range economic outlook in the county, learn about issues of environmental sustainability and equity, and hear the perspectives and concerns of the next generation of young professionals. The audience will then identify key issues to explore together in a follow-up discussion session on Thursday, April 22nd at 7 p.m.
Darien Library is proud to co-sponsor this event with the League of Women Voters of Darien.
About the Panelists
Peter Denious is the President and CEO of AdvanceCT, a nonprofit organization that works to engage, retain, and recruit businesses and advance overall economic competitiveness in Connecticut. He arrived at AdvanceCT in August 2019 as an accomplished private equity and venture capital professional who helped realize commercial and economic opportunity by connecting ideas, people, and capital. For the previous 17 years, Peter worked for FLAG Capital Management and its successor, Aberdeen Standard Investments, based in Stamford, CT.
Alyssa Norwood is Program Manager for Certification and Innovation at SustainableCT, a statewide organization that helps communities strive to be thriving, resilient, collaborative, and forward-looking; build community and local economy; and equitably promote the health and wellbeing of current and future residents while respecting the finite capacity of the natural environment. She manages the certification process and data analysis, oversees action development and revision, and provides legal counsel to Sustainable CT, a voluntary certification program to accelerate municipal sustainability actions.
Prerna Rao is the founding attorney of Omnia Law, located in Trumbull, Connecticut, which provides a range of legal services for individuals and businesses throughout Connecticut. In 2019, Prerna was named a New Leader in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune. In 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Prerna was selected for the Super Lawyers Rising Star award, among other state and national honors. Prerna is a past president of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association and serves as an elected member of the Newtown Zoning Board of Appeals. She lives in Newtown, CT, with her family.
About the Moderator
Stephen Saloom is Director of Advocacy and Capacity Building at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, which seeks to enable everyone in Fairfield County to thrive. Before joining the Community Foundation, Stephen served as a Senior Manager for Advocacy and Partnerships for Pew Charitable Trusts, which flows from a career dedicated to nonprofit advocacy and leadership. Stephen lives in Ridgefield, where he previously served as a Member of the Board of Police Commissioners.