Alumni Council

Advisory Council

The Alumni Council is a capacity-building initiative that provides Alumni with an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and give back to YP4. Each year one YP4 Alumni from each class year is selected to serve on the YP4 Alumni Council. They are chosen based on their level of engagement in the program, their leadership potential, and their community activities.

The Council consists of Alumni from across the country who serve as ambassadors for YP4 by planning networking events, serving as YP4 trainers, participating in advanced leadership trainings, serving as Fem/Mentors for current YP4 Fellows, and much more.

The 2016-2017 YP4 Alumni Council members are:

Alray Nelson

Alray Nelson is a 2012 YP4 Fellow and an advocate for Native American youth. He is a graduate of the University of Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Politic Science.  Born and raised in Arizona, he grew up in the small valley of Beshbetoh on the Navajo Nation.  He has served as an executive assistant & adviser for two Navajo Nation Presidents. Last year, the LGBTQ community recognized Alray for his effort to repeal the discriminatory Diné Marriage Act and honored him with the prestigious 2015 Rainbow Naatsíílid Champion Award. As marriage equality become law across the country, Alray together with his partner Brennen Yonnie founded the Coalition for Navajo Equality – one of the largest LGBTQ organizations in the country. Alray’s story has been featured in Details Magazine, the New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Los Angeles Times, MTV News, Indian Country Today, and National Public Radio.  Alray resides in Gallup, NM, and is the new Director of External Affairs at Teach for America.

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Armani Madison

Armani Madison is a recent graduate of Brown University, where he studied Political Science and History. He is passionate about education, civil rights, youth empowerment, and service for low-income communities. As his Idea Creation-focused blueprint, Armani created the SpeakUp! Oratorical Contest for public high school students in Providence, and coordinated a social media campaign and gallery exhibit, as part of the national “To My Unborn Son” and #BlackLivesMatter movement, at Brown. He is an alumnus of the Public Policy and International Affairs program, the Hope Institute, and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Armani is presently working, over the next two years, to build upon his interest in social innovation and entrepreneurship through Venture for America

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Cairo Mendes

Cairo is a an undocumented, queer, immigrant from Brazil. He began to organize around the DREAM Act in 2010 with the Student Immigrant Movement (SIM), during the past six years in SIM Cairo has transitioned from leading media campaigns, to running Deferred Action (DACA) clinics as the DACA Coordinator, and to presently being the Lead Organizer, helping to manage and support the statewide chapters. He is a 2013 Yp4 Fellow! Currently, Cairo is finishing his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
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Carlos Sanchez

My name is Carlos Sanchez and personal goal is get as far as possible in my education; unfortunately I have to pay out of state tuition for being a DACA student (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). I plan to get our Hispanic community in North Carolina more engage on local election because, I believe that the only way to make a difference is by having a voice at our state legislation. With more representation we will be able advocating for more comprehensive laws with better results. Currently I am Student Government Association President at Central Carolina Community College and Local Interaction Chair for the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Gov. Association (N4CSGA, NC. State SGA Executive Board). As a SGA President I serve as a member of the college Board of Trustees, representing the student body on decision taken by the board, as well as, work with other clubs to promote student engagement by organizing event for students. Furthermore, as Local Interactions Chair, my job is to work with the community college System Office, on issues that affect community college students in North Carolina. This year our issue of the year is Staff and Teacher pay and promote Civic Engagement among community college students.

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Iberia Zafira

Iberia is currently a YP4 mentor, fundraising researcher for Stanford Children’s Hospital through the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, and member of GABRIELA SF – a Filipina women’s advocacy organization. A recent graduate from Stanford University, Iberia served in roles relating to environmental justice, education access, and art as a movement. Her most formative experience was doing community-based research in Hawaii with partners KYA Sustainability Studio and the Department of Land and Natural Resources on sustainable tourism and education. Most of her work and focus has been in environmental, education, and women’s issues. She is very excited to give back to YP4!

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Jordan Allison

Jordan Allison, 2012 YP4 fellow, is passionate about public health and educational equity and access for rural populations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and gender & women’s studies from the University of Arizona. On campus, Jordan was heavily involved in student government as Student Body Vice President, within organizing for statewide higher education and policy issues, and women’s leadership development. The major focus of her studies and projects surrounded health policy, healthcare accessibility, and civil rights in rural Southeastern Arizona and at the Arizona-Mexico border. Originally from Colorado, Jordan relocated to Washington, D.C. shortly after graduation in 2015. She currently works in healthcare research and marketing.

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Leslie Potts

Leslie is a Ronald E. McNair scholar who proudly hails from Detroit, Michigan. She is studying Political Science and Ethnic Studies at Bowling Green State University. She is the former President of the National Council of Negro Women BGSU Section, an organization committed to lead, develop, advocate, inform, and unify African American women on BGSU’s campus. Leslie is dedicated to uniting communities and empowering others through non-positional leadership roles, discussion facilitation, workshops, and sharing ideas. She enjoys using social media as a tool for activism & expression, service project dance-breaks, and supporting the efforts of passionate people.

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Nicholas Chan

Bio: Nick Chan is a Houston native and proud Texan. He is a first generation Chinese American and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where he studied Government and Asian Studies. He finds passion in the intersections of racial justice, gender equity, and global LGBTQ protections. In 2014, Nick worked at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute developing curriculum for ESL language learning programs and spent his summer at UC Berkeley as a PPIA Fellow. During his senior year, he was a White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders E3 Ambassador and YP4 Fellow, centering his blueprint project around an Asian American student conference in Austin. He currently works as a legal assistant for a Chinese telecommunications company managing international business markets that cater to Asian immigrant populations in the US. During his free time, he enjoys binge watching Rupaul’s Drag Race reruns, playing board games, and cuddling with his cat Jovi.

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Paloma Ibanez

Paloma is a native Arizonan and a first generation college graduate with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She doesn’t like writing bios. But she wants you to know that she is passionate about empowering the New American Majority, which is just one reason why loves working with Inspire Arizona; which engages in innovative programs aimed at enhancing civic responsibility. Not only was Paloma  a 2007 YP4 Fellow, she was also a part of the YP4 staff for 3 years before moving back home to Arizona. Paloma has had the pleasure of participating in the Center for Progressive Leadership’s New Leaders Fellowship Program and as a Thrive Fellow with Generation Waking Up. She serves on the National Executive Board Selection Committee for Gamma Alpha Omega, ensuring that women of color excel in higher education and continue to develop as leaders in their communities. Paloma wants to travel the world, is working on a vegetarian lifestyle, and hopes to wake up someday with mountains of musical talent. Paloma is committed to a life of service.

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Romeo Jackson

Romeo Jackson is a black, queer, non-binary, feminist who is dedicated to intersectional justice and cross movement building. They are currently a senior attending Northern Illinois University pursuing a specialized degree in Intersectionality and Social Justice and will be attending the University of Utah in the Fall of 2016 to pursue their graduate education in Student Affairs and Gender Studies. Currently, they are the Director of Culture Affairs for NIU’s Student Association and a student staff for NIU’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Romeo also serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, and the President of the Campus Pride National Advisory Board. Recently named one of the 100 Black and LGBT-SGL leaders to watch, Romeo is committed to uplifting and empowering queer and trans people of color through a critical black queer feminist lens .

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