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.

 

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, she has lived in the U.S. for 14 years and 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 Young People For's Public Affairs and 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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Maryssa Hall

Maryssa Hall

Maryssa T. Hall is the Fellowship Program Manager at Young People For (YP4). In that capacity, Maryssa oversees all aspects of the Fellowship Department including recruitment and selection efforts, supporting Fellows on their leadership development and Blueprints for Social Justice, as well as organizing all YP4 Regional Trainings and National Summit. Originally from 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 (UCSA) 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 surrounding breaking the school-to-prison pipeline 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 Policy 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

Recruitment and 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.

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