Staff

The Young People For staff is a group of dedicated young leaders who promote our nation’s core values by identifying, engaging, and empowering youth and equipping them to create positive social change in their communities.

 

Marion Andrew Humphrey, Jr.

Marion Andrew Humphrey, Jr.

Fellowship Program Manager and former Fellowship Associate Marion Andrew Humphrey, Jr. hails from Little Rock, Arkansas, where he attended the historic Little Rock Central High School. In his position, Andrew leads the recruitment and selection of the Fellowship class and the logistics around YP4’s events and programs. Andrew is a 2010 graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, where he majored in sociology and minored in Chinese and worked as the Head Resident Advisor for diversity initiatives and as a Senior Admissions Fellow. After graduation, Andrew moved to Beijing, China and worked as an Associate Counselor/SAT Prep coach for Far View Academic Consulting. In 2011, Andrew returned to North Carolina as a Deputy Field Organizer for Organizing for America, through which work he continued his advocacy for inclusive, progressive policies and institutions that honor the diversity and autonomy of our nation’s communities. He can be reached at ahumphrey@pfaw.org.

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Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum is Director of Youth Leadership Programs. An alumnus of Florida A&M University (FAMU), former president of the Student Government Association, and FAMU's first student member of the Board of Trustees, Gillum became the youngest person ever elected to the four-member Tallahassee City Commission in February 2003. Gillum has held prominent leadership roles such as Mayor Pro Tem, ChairmanCapital Region Transportation Planning Agency and lead commissioner for the Long Range Community Based Target Issue Committee. In keeping with his mantra to uplift and build the collective community, Gillum has championed several community initiatives including the Nims Middle School Digital Harmony Pilot Program, the Landlord Tenant Mediation Program; the Code Enforcement Amnesty Program; and the creation of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Park. Gillum served as Field Organizer and statewide Director of the "Arrive With 5" program with People For the American Way Foundation. He organized the largest "Arrive With 5" get-out-the-vote campaign in Florida's history. He also worked as Deputy Political Director with the Florida Democratic Party. He founded PFAW Foundation's Young Elected Officials program, which unites elected officials age 35 and under in a network which supports them with leadership and personal development training and public policy support.

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Chagan Sanathu

Chagan Sanathu

Alumni Program Coordinator Chagan Sanathu has a long history of engagement with the YP4 Program, first as a 2010 YP4 Fellow and later as a Fellowship Associate. As the alumni program coordinator, Chagan works with the 12 person Alumni Board to help support the YP4 program. A major part of her new role is to cultivate and grow relationships within the alumni network. She graduated in 2012 from Goshen College with a degree in business and public relations. In 2011, Chagan was selected to participate in the New Leaders Internship program with the Center for Progressive Leadership where she developed critical skills that she still uses in her job today. Chagan interned at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities where she researched the effects of child tax credit and earned income tax credit on low-income communities, with an emphasis on women who survived domestic violence. She is a former board member for National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum-DC Chapter, where she worked on fundraising to support the chapter’s work on immigration reform, reproductive justice, and other issues impacting the API community and is an active member of the chapter.

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Gabriela De Golia

Gabriela De Golia

Advocacy Associate Gabriela De Golia is a San Francisco native and graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she earned a dual degree in Government and Science and Society. At YP4 she leads the civic engagement and advocacy initiatives, including the Money in Politics and Courts Matter campaigns, nonpartisan voter engagement projects, the YP4 blog, and more. She has been involved in grassroots organizing for many years. While a student, she registered hundreds of peers to vote, fought voter suppression efforts targeted at students, and successfully collaborated with Connecticut legislators to strengthen voter protection laws. She also created and chaired Wesleyan’s first student government committee dedicated to strengthening the Middletown-Wesleyan relationship and worked as a peer advisor to assist diverse groups of students in navigating the college process. Gabriela can be reached at gdegolia@pfaw.org.

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Joy Lawson

Joy Lawson

YP4 Director Joy Lawson began her career as a student organizer at the University of Kansas. There she worked with local organizations as well as city and state school boards to ensure Kansas youth received medically accurate sex education by campaigning local and state school boards. For her work on sex education, Joy was awarded Choice USA's Generation-to-Generation Chapter Leadership Award. Soon after, she joined the field staff at Choice USA as a National Field Associate and later as the Midwestern States Field Coordinator. Joy joined the People For staff in February 2010 as YP4's Advanced Leadership and Alumni Program Manager. Since 2010 she has worked to ensure that the relationships and work completed during the YP4 Fellowship are sustained and supported over the long-term. Under her leadership, over 60% of the alumni of Young People For have reengaged with the program. Joy is also a Midwest Academy graduate, a proud Rockwood Art of Leadership: Women in Racial Justice alum, and a 2006 Grassroots Organizing Weekend trainer. Joy can be reached at jlawson@pfaw.org.

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Karen Schillinger

Karen Schillinger

Coordinator of Member Advancement Karen was bit by the campaign bug early in life and began volunteering and interning on several campaigns across her home state of Arizona. She graduated from Cornell University in 2012 with a degree in Policy Analysis and Management. While at Cornell, she ran four years of Varsity Track and Field and wrote for the top-ranked Cornell Daily Sun newspaper. During her senior year, Karen began working on the campaign of current Ithaca Mayor, Svante Myrick. She served as his campaign Field Director. After successfully knocking on every door in the City of Ithaca ten or more times, Mayor Myrick became the youngest mayor in the State of New York and Ithaca’s first African American Mayor by winning all eighteen election districts with 55 percent of the vote. Karen continued her work on grassroots campaigns for another young elected official, Nate Shinagawa. She worked as his Field Director on his nationally-recognized Congressional race in the Southern Tier of New York. Despite being in a relatively conservative district and outspent two-to-one, the campaign came within just points of defeating the incumbent Congressman. These two campaigns taught Karen the influence and impact that young people can have within their own communities. Most recently, Karen has worked in U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s Syracuse office as his Deputy Regional Director. Karen looks to incorporate the skills learned in Senator Schumer’s office with her campaign field experience to engage and empower the next generation of progressive leaders through YP4. Karen can be reached at kschillinger@pfaw.org.

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Lela Ali

Lela Ali

Community College Consultant Lela Ali is a student at North Carolina State University majoring in political science and international studies with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies. She is a proud Egyptian immigrant that was raised in Rocky Mount, NC. Lela has interned with Common Cause NC where she worked with staff on grassroots organizing efforts, researched and wrote policy papers, and outreached to members of the North Carolina Legislature. She also worked with Ignite NC where she recruited students from all across North Carolina to train to be poll monitors for local, state, and presidential elections. Lela also served as a vote organizer for YP4 in the 2014 elections. After graduation, she plans to attend law school and pursue a career in immigration law.

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Poy Winichakul

Poy Winichakul

Poy Winichakul is the Courts Matter Youth Leadership Consultant at People for the American Way Foundation. She also serves as the Co-Director of LaunchProgress Action Fund and LaunchProgress PAC, which encourages and supports young progressives running for their first state or local office. Poy previously served as Special Assistant to the President at the Brennan Center for Justice, where she helped oversee the day-to-day operations of the think tank and public interest law firm, including the organization's programmatic work on campaign finance reform, fair courts, voting rights and elections, and redistricting. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, she served as Executive Director at Helping Oberlin Maintain Equity (H.O.M.E.), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the impact of the home foreclosure crisis in northeast Ohio. She has worked on multiple issue and electoral campaigns and has previously worked with Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and with Senator Russ Feingold’s Progressives United PAC. Poy is a 2010 Young People For Fellow, a former Young People For Board Member, and a 2013 graduate of the Front Line Leaders Academy, a candidate training program of the People for the American Way Foundation. Poy received her B.A. from Oberlin College.

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Vidushani Jayalal

Vidushani Jayalal

Fellowship Associate Vidushani Jayalal is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland (UMD). During her time at UMD, Vidushani engaged students in direct service and reflective dialogue through service-learning projects. After graduating, Vidushani served as the Health Advocacy Fellow at the League of United Latin American Citizens where she focused on supporting and advocating alongside local communities on healthy living and health care issues. Vidushani brings with her skills in curriculum development, grassroots organizing, and mentorship. In her position at YP4, Vidushani supports fellows through the Blueprint and Individual Leadership Development Plan, in addition to working to grow YP4 curriculum and strengthen the mentorship program. Vidushani can be reached at vjayalal@pfaw.org.

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