Mae Flexer joined Emerge Connecticut in 2017 and graduated the affiliates inaugural class in 2018. Mae has also been serving in the Connecticut State Senate since January 2015, and entered her second term in 2017. From 2008 to 2014, Mae served three terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives for the 44th Assembly District towns of Killingly and Plainfield.
Mae has been one of the legislature’s strongest proponents regarding family and domestic violence. In her first term, Mae was appointed to serve as Chair of the House Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence, a bipartisan group of legislators charged with formulating Connecticut’s response to family and domestic violence matters. In 2014, Mae helped lead unanimous passage of An Act Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus, mandating that colleges provide services to victims, institute sexual assault policies and report incidents to the Connecticut General Assembly.
In 2012, Mae was named a Coalition Crusader by the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence and was presented the Community Service Award by The Access Agency in Willimantic. In 2010, she was awarded the Community Provider Award by United Services for her efforts to change laws affecting family and domestic violence. In 2010 and 2014, Mae led the fight to enact sweeping changes to the state’s domestic violence statutes.
An alumnus of Killingly High School, Mae earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a degree from Quinebaug Valley Community College. Mae also currently works as a Community Coordinator for the Northeast Early Childhood Council.
Maya Gomberg joined Emerge Connecticut in 2018, and has since implemented a robust Internship Program so that people of all ages who are dedicated to women’s equality and political participation have a home in our organization.
Maya is on the board of Wesleyan Democrats, and is on the steering committee for Voter Choice CT, an organization advocating for the study and implementation of Ranked Choice Voting in Connecticut. Maya is also active with her local Sunrise Hub, and works with Adolescent Sexual Health Awareness (ASHA) to help provide consent-based, age-appropriate sex education in High Schools across Connecticut. Maya has also been active in the Never Again Para Nadie movement of Jewish people speaking out against ICE. Maya has worked on campaigns at the local, state, and federal level, and has worked in the legislative office of Senate President Emerita Harriette L. Chandler.
Maya graduated from Newton North High School in 2018, and is currently enrolled at Wesleyan University, in Middletown Connecticut.