In June 2008, more than 500 people from across Massachusetts joined Access Strategies Fund, Commonwealth Seminar, Governor Deval Patrick, and Access grantees for the New Networks and New Power Celebration. Kelly Bates, Executive Director of Access Strategies Fund delivered a speech at the event calling on government and community leaders to use their power to push an “underserved agenda” to foster policy change on issues, and new electoral reforms to open up democracy for everyone.