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.

Marion Andrew Humphrey, Jr. advocates for social justice through youth leadership development, civic engagement strategy, and community organizing. He currently serves as the Fellowship Program Manager at Young People For (YP4), a program of People For the American Way Foundation that works to provide 150 young people each year with resources and skills trainings to effect sustainable change in communities across the nation. In his position, Marion manages the regional and national trainings, supervises the recruitment and selection of YP4 Fellows, trains and develops curriculum, and supervises YP4’s grant-gifting and mentorship programs. Marion hails from Little Rock, Arkansas, where he attended the historic Little Rock Central High School and is a 2010 graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, where he majored in sociology and minored in Chinese. After Davidson, Marion followed his passions for travel and adventure and moved to Beijing, China, for two years, working as an Associate Counselor/SAT Prep coach for FarView Academic Consulting. In 2011, Marion returned to North Carolina as a Deputy Field Organizer for Organizing for America, through which he reengaged his organizing aims for inclusive, progressive policies and institutions that honor the diversity of our nation’s communities. Marion is a proud 2015 Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellow with the National Juvenile Justice Network, Rockwood Art of Leadership: Racial and Human Rights Leaders alumnus, mentor in DCPS schools, and membership chair of DC’s chapter of Black Youth Project 100. 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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Catalina Velasquez

Catalina Velasquez

Catalina is the Director of Young People For. A transgender immigrant from Colombia. Even though she has lived in the U.S. for 14 years, she only holds legal presence with the ability to work in the U.S. based on the recent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). As a U.S. refugee, she knows what it is like to be "otherized" by a world that fears what is different. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian, Catalina is an alumnus of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she majored in International Politics: International Law, Norms, & Institutions with a Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Her thesis was titled "Immigrant Women: the Documented, the Undocumented, and the Invisible; The Female Face of Immigration." In March 2012, Catalina co-authored with the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) a lengthy and detailed human rights report titled: "Trabajadoras: Challenges and Conditions of Latina Workers in the United States." Catalina is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and was awarded the title of Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation and the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace. She is also an appointed Commissioner to the D.C. Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs. Catalina currently serves as a vital and dynamic Advisory Council member of United We DREAM's Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project and she has previously worked with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) as a policy analyst. Catalina is the President and Founder of Consult Catalina a premier strategic policy, communications and diversity firm.

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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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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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Laura Williamson

Laura Williamson

Laura Williamson is the Interim Director of Young People For. Since joining PFAW Foundation in July 2012 as the Fellowship Program Manager for Young People For, she has worked to develop the newest generation of progressive leaders in the United States through trainings, mentorship, and support of social justice projects. She has also led programmatic advancement and resource development for Young People For and its sister youth leadership development program, the Young Elected Officials Network, building relationships and support for both programs’ work in the philanthropic community. Previously, Laura worked as the Education Outreach Coordinator at Puentes New Orleans, a nonprofit organization working with the Latino community to demand the inclusion of Latinos in public, political, and socio-economic life. At Puentes Laura coordinated leadership development programming and supported high school students organizing for racial and economic justice. A native North Carolinian, Laura is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in English and International Studies. Laura also spent a year doing graduate coursework in public policy and social planning at La Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina.

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Maryssa Hall

Maryssa Hall

Maryssa T. Hall was born and raised in the Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Afro-American Studies and Political Science in 2014. While at UCLA, Maryssa was involved in a number of progressive student organizations that focus on increasing access and retention of students of color to the University and addressing inequalities in our local and global community. From 2012-2013, she served as the External Public Relations Coordinator for the Afrikan Student Union at UCLA while simultaneously serving on the United States Student Association Board of Directors as the People of Afrikan Descent Caucus Chairperson. In May of 2013, she was elected as the Undergraduate External Vice President at UCLA and was charged with representing all 29,000 undergraduates at a local, state and national level. In addition, she served on the University Of California Student Association Board Of Directors where she represented all 250,000 UC students. During her term as EVP, she brought the 25th Annual UCSA Student of Color Conference to UCLA and organized an action with over 1600 students from across California. After graduation, Maryssa moved back to the Bay Area and joined the San Francisco/Silicon Valley Public Allies AmeriCorps program where she served as a College Success Academic Counselor for a non-profit in East Palo Alto to increase access to higher education for low-income students of color in the surrounding community. Maryssa can be reached at mhall@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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Michael Glymph

Michael Glymph

Michael Glymph was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. Michael’s passion for public service is rooted in a belief that civic engagement and accountability to community are the cornerstones of meaningful societal change. Michael attended Francis Marion University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in History in 2012. After graduation Michael worked for a Congressional campaign in the 7th district in South Carolina and served as a consultant for Citizens for a Greater Midlands campaign in Columbia, and worked for the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Richland and Kershaw Counties. Michael has served his community through political and civic organizations. He currently serves as a board member for Francis Marion University Young Alumni Council, served as the President of the Young Democrats of South Carolina, Greater Columbia Community Relations Council board member, Chairman of CRC Young Contemporaries, Talented Tenth Columbia board member, 2013 New Leadership Council Fellow and a Prince Hall Mason.

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