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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Christina Tudor

Christina Tudor

Civic Engagement intern and member of YP4’s 2015-2016 fellowship class Christina Tudor is a junior at Ithaca College double-majoring in Writing and Politics and minoring in Women’s and Gender studies at Ithaca College. She is passionate about advocating for reproductive justice, gender equality, ending gender-based violence, and disability rights. Throughout her sophomore year of college, she worked to implement a peer education based program called Bringing in the Bystander on her campus in order to address sexual violence and inform students of their rights and resources as well as intervention skills. Christina successfully trained six peer educators to help facilitate these programs in first-year residence halls. While working on this program, she created a guidebook for student activists organizing around college campus sexual violence that is now being used by her local sexual assault resource center. She also currently serves as the president of Ithaca College’s Planned Parenthood Generation Action chapter. Christina also advocates for social justice causes online through her blog called Activism 101 where she writes about current issues and teaches others how to become activists. She can be reached at ctudor@pfaw.org

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Erik Lampmann

Erik Lampmann

Erik Lampmann is the incoming Courts Matter Youth Leadership Consultant at People for the American Way Foundation. Erik recently served as the Klagsbrun Fellow in the Alliance for Justice’s (AFJ) Outreach Department. His principle responsibility at AFJ was building a national campaign around AFJ’s “First Monday” film, Lost in the Fine Print. Before AFJ Erik served as one of six student thought-leaders within the nation’s largest student think-tank, the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network. Erik has conducted grant-funded research on democratic theory, spent time at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, and completed an honors thesis project on the changing French legal landscape for LGBTQ people. Erik has sat on the Board of GLSEN for Richmond, won honors for his LGBTQ organizing from Virginia Pride, and worked as a 2011 Young People For (YP4) Fellow. His writing has appeared in The Nation, [Young]ist, The Indypendent, The NextNewDeal, and Mic.com. Erik graduated Phi Beta Kappa summa cum laude from the University of Richmond with majors in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL) and French. You can reach Erik at elampmann@pfaw.org.

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Ilana Falick

Ilana Falick

Member Advancement Intern Ilana Falick grew up in Florida. She is currently pursuing a Women’s Studies degree with an emphasis in political activism at the University of Maryland. Ilana is a member of Triota, the Women’s Studies Honor Society, and is an active member of the College Democrats’ club. She plans to graduate in 2017 and hopes to attend graduate school with the goal of earning a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies. She is interested in advanced women’s issues and teaching at the college level someday. You can reach Ilana at ifalick@pfaw.org

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Joy Lawson

Joy Lawson

Young People For (YP4) Director Joy Lawson is an expert in multi-issue leadership development, youth civic engagement, and grassroots organizing around reproductive rights. Under Joy’s leadership YP4 has launched the first local Front Line Leaders Academy - a premier leadership development program offered to folks interested in greater civic participation; expanded its presence in the Midwest, South, and at community colleges; launched initiatives focused on limiting the influence of money in elections, advocating for fair and just courts, and increasing voter engagement; trained over 850 aspiring nonprofit, community, and elected leaders; and reengaged over 60% of YP4 alumni. Prior to joining PFAW in 2010, served as National Field Associate and later as Midwestern States Field Coordinator at URGE (formerly Choice USA). 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. For her work on sex education, Joy was awarded URGE’s Generation-to-Generation Chapter Leadership Award. Joy joined the People For staff in February 2010 as YP4's Advanced Leadership and Alumni Program Manager. Joy is also a Midwest Academy graduate, a 2006 Grassroots Organizing Weekend trainer, a proud Rockwood Art of Leadership: Women in Racial Justice alum, and a current fellow of CoreAlign’s Speaking Race to Power fellowship. Joy sits on the leadership team of Hunt Alternative’s Political Parity program and the Emily Taylor Center on Women and Gender at University of Kansas. 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. Lela can be reached at lail@pfaw.org.

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Mercedes Fulbright

Mercedes Fulbright

Civic Engagement and Advocacy Associate Mercedes Fulbright is from Dallas, Texas and is currently obtaining her Masters in Urban Affairs and Public Policy. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas where she established herself as a student leader who wasn’t afraid to speak out and stand up for student and minority issues. Through her leadership as UNT's former Student Body/Student Government Association Vice President and NAACP President, she advocated for more tenured African American professors. As a student she founded and raised thousands of dollars for an annual leadership development retreat, The Black Student Experience, for African American freshmen and transfer students. Through this retreat she conducted a 'stop bullying and hate' theatrical campaign that reached over 700 students. She was a former chairwoman of the National Youth Work Committee and National Youth Board Member for the NAACP and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Mercedes can be reached at mfulbright@pfaw.org.

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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. Poy can be reached at pwinichakul@pfaw.org

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Randiss Hopkins

Randiss Hopkins

Fellowship Intern Randiss Hopkins is a senior at Northern Illinois University studying Jazz Piano/Community Leadership and Civic Engagement. He is a young musician and social entrepreneur who is very passionate, creative, and inspiring. In the summer of 2013, he started an intuitive, student-led nonprofit organization, 'The Remember Project' which engages college students in unique opportunities to come back and be positive role models for inner-city youth in Chicago through social, educational, and artistic experiences. Randiss can be contacted at rhopkins@pfaw.org

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Regennia Johnson

Regennia Johnson

Alumni Program Intern Regennia Johnson is a rising senior at the University of Oklahoma where she is majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish and African American Studies. She is most passionate to issues relating to racial and social justice, and plans to dedicate her life as an activist for the African American community. Regennia is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., past OU Lead Delegate for Big XII Council on Black Student Govt., and past president of the OU Chapter of National Association of Black Journalist. She also works at the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City as an Advocacy Specialist and Records Clerk. She is a tutor on campus, alcohol peer educator, and a teaching assistant for freshman transitioning courses. This past fall Regennia co-organized a group of OU students to travel to Ferguson, Missouri and help with their Election Day duties. She is passionate about being a part of change and believes that the events in Ferguson (and now many other cities) have rekindled a fire to an unanswered question that American Society has tried to ignore for years. She is a former press intern the U.S. Senate through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Ultimately Regennia plans to become a political pundit and address disparities in the African American community by virtue of economics, education, health, housing, and the criminal justice system. Regennia will be working with the YP4’s alumni board and the alumni department this summer. She can be reached at rjohnson@pfaw.org.

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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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