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.

 

Alicia Morejon

Alicia Morejon

Alicia Morejon is the Curriculum & Leadership Associate at Young People For, a position in which she supports the Fellowship Program by researching, revising, and developing YP4’s comprehensive curricula, supporting all Fellows with the completion of their Blueprints for Social Justice and Individualized Leadership Development Plans (ILDPs). Alicia is a proud first-generation Cuban-American raised in Union City, New Jersey, who recently earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University, where she double-majored in Sociology and the Studies of Ethnicity and Race, and received Departmental Honors for Outstanding Thesis titled How Did I Get Here?: The Intersection of College-Attendance and Identity for Latina Undergraduates at Columbia University. While at Columbia, Alicia was involved with a variety of student organizations focused on multicultural education, and youth empowerment and leadership development, particularly for women of color. Alicia joined the YP4 network as a Fellow in 2014 and her Blueprint entailed creating the Director of Training and Staff Development role for The WomanHOOD (Helping Ourselves Overcome Discrimination) Project-- a woman of color led program for high school girls in the Bronx dedicated to facilitating workshops on racial justice, gender empowerment, media literacy, and leadership development. During the summer of 2015, Alicia had the honor of serving as a White House Intern in the Office of the First Lady, where she edited, prepared, and coordinated responses on behalf of the First Lady. Most recently, she worked as the Supervisor for the Double Discovery Center at Columbia University, a college preparatory program for low-income, first-generation high school students in New York City. Alicia’s Latina identity motivates her to continue fighting for a more just society liberated from the forces of patriarchy, white supremacy, and all systemic oppression. Alicia can be reached at amorejon@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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Andrea Sosa

Andrea Sosa

Andrea Sosa is the Policy and Civic Engagement Associate at Young People For, where she supports the organization’s civic engagement programs and campaigns. She has a variety of experience in student networks, social justice advocacy and public policy. In the past, she has worked with the Roosevelt Network, the nation’s largest student think tank, in a variety of capacities including organizing and curriculum development, and in various issue areas including economic development and prison reform. In these efforts, she coordinated a national network of students working towards pushing their universities to invest in their local communities’ economic development. She has also worked with the AFL-CIO, contributing to their trade and globalization policy and advocacy efforts in Washington, DC. She has authored work published in The Baltimore Sun, the Roosevelt Network’s Equal Justice policy journal, the AFL-CIO Blog, and The Huffington Post. Andrea is originally from Tampico, Mexico, and has also lived in Dallas, Texas and Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Goucher College in 2016, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French. You can reach Andrea at asosa@pfaw.org

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Erik Lampmann

Erik Lampmann

Erik Lampmann is Young People For's Public Affairs & Policy Manager. In that capacity, he directs all of YP4's communications and policy products. He also serves as the primary liaison to YP4's 1,600+ member network of grassroots organizers, working with them to hold the progressive movement accountable for creating lasting, meaningful change. 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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Lela Ali

Lela Ali

Community College Consultant Lela Ali is a 2014 YP4 alum and a recent graduate of North Carolina State University where she majored in International Political Science and minored in Middle East 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 currently works in the bill drafting department at the North Carolina General Assembly. Lela can be reached at lail@pfaw.org.

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Maryssa Hall

Maryssa Hall

Maryssa T. Hall is the Fellowship Program Manager at Young People For (YP4) and a fierce Black and Latinx Queer Womxn that wears her identities as badges of honor. As Fellowship Program Manager, Maryssa oversees aspects of the Fellowship Program including recruiting and selecting a diverse cohort of 150 Fellows each year, training the most critically conscious young people from across the country to think globally and act locally, supporting Fellows on their leadership development and Blueprints for Social Justice, and organizing all YP4 Regional Trainings and National Summits. Originally from the Bay Area, she graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Afro-American Studies and Political Science. While at UCLA, Maryssa was involved in a number of radical 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. In addition, Maryssa led several youth led campaigns including but not limited to “Repeal Prop 209” and “UC Students for SCA 5” which focused on repealing and nullifying the anti-affirmative action laws in California and “Fund the UC” a campaign that sought alternative funding sources for public education by reforming Proposition 13 in California. 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 under resourced students of color in the surrounding community. Maryssa can be reached at mhall@pfaw.org.

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Michael Glymph

Michael Glymph

Recruitment & Operations Associate 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. Micheal can be reached at mglymph@pfaw.org.

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Saryn Francis

Saryn Francis

Saryn Francis is Young People For’s Communications Associate. Saryn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University in 2015. She was born in Plano, Texas, and raised in the United States Virgin Islands on the island of St. Thomas. While at Howard, Saryn served as a News Director and Production Director for Howard University’s student run radio station, WHBC 96.3 HD3. She also was a host/producer on Sirius XM Channel 141 HUR Voices on a show called Internal Affairs. There, she produced and shows featuring topics that affected college students and interviewed professionals for current event discussions. Saryn also has interned for ABC and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. After college, she interned with her Delegate to Congress, the Honorable Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands where she served as a Press Secretary Intern. Most recently she worked as an Associate Journalist at WNEW 99.1 FM where she conducted and edited off-air interviews, assisted producers in writing and researching stories. Saryn can be reached at sfrancis@pfaw.org

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