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Toni Panetta
Toni Panetta holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is an alumna of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), through which she serves as an American mentor to early career political and health policy leaders in the Philippines as part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. Ms. Panetta was named a 2012 fellow of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).

Ms. Panetta currently serves as director of mission programs for Susan G. Komen Colorado, where she is responsible for managing the grant-allocation process for a $2 million annual grant portfolio and state-level public policy efforts. Previously, Ms. Panetta served as political director for NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Inc. & NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Foundation, where she managed the organizations’ elections and public policy programs.

Ms. Panetta holds a bachelor’s degree from Whittier College, is a political partner with the Truman National Security Project and spends her free time cheering for the Dodgers and planning her next international excursion.

Entries by Toni Panetta

Lessons From the Philippines

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 1:06 PM

I consider myself to be afflicted with wanderlust. It's not your typical case of wanderlust characterized by adventure vacations and relaxing sojourns to countries that may or may not require rafts of immunizations, an affinity for languages, and a willingness to eat local cuisine. My symptoms of wanderlust include a...

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With Samantha Power Nomination, Obama Ups Commitment to Global Human Rights

(11) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 4:17 PM

Following Wednesday's announcement that President Obama will tap U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice as National Security Adviser, much political analysis will focus on how the move is an effective end-run around Republican opposition to Rice's ascension to a more influential foreign policy decision-making role that...

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South Carolina, Your Woman Problem Is Showing

(12) Comments | Posted December 9, 2012 | 3:31 PM

With Senator Jim DeMint's pending departure in January to head up The Heritage Foundation, the Republican Party faces its first political test after its much-publicized soul-searching following Mitt Romney's defeat by Barack Obama. The party of personal responsibility looked everywhere but in the mirror to explain Romney's defeat, having blamed...

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The Night I Wasn't a Woman

(53) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 8:50 PM

I have a confession to make. My second night in Zagreb, Croatia's capitol, I did something shameful. Something I never would have done in the United States. Having been raised Catholic, I'm well-versed in the rote of confession: recount all my misdeeds and prepare to carry out whatever atonement is...

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Coffman Just Doesn't Get It

(2) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 5:33 PM

By now, it's common knowledge that U.S. Representative Mike Coffman, who's running for re-election in Colorado Congressional District 6 in Denver's southern and eastern suburbs, supported the extreme "personhood" amendment that would ban abortion in almost all circumstances -- a position contrary to that held by...

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Memo to David Axelrod From Women in Swing States

(27) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 6:52 PM

You've seen the same polls that I have: Rasmussen shows a generic Republican candidate up 48%-41% over President Obama, while Gingrich has surged in Florida, Montana and elsewhere. You also know that closing that gap requires convincing key voting demographics that supported then-Senator Obama in 2008...

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The Real Costs of Politicians' Obsession With Reproductive Rights

(33) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 1:09 PM

From Rick Santorum's claim to "take the bullets" as proof of his pro-life credentials to Michele Bachmann's, Newt Gingrich's, Ron Paul's, Tim Pawlenty's and Santorum's signing Marilyn Musgrave's Susan B. Anthony List pledge to systemically strip away a woman's ability to access safe, legal abortion if...

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