The current YI Board of Directors, listed below, provides oversight and leadership for the organization.

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    Ari Matusiak

    Co-Founder and Chairman, Young Invincibles
    Executive Vice President for Market Development and External Affairs, Renovate America

    Ari is currently Executive Vice President for Market Development and External Affairs at Renovate America, the largest provider of residential energy efficiency financing in the country. Ari helps steward corporate strategy and oversees market expansion, public policy and corporate and external affairs. Prior to joining Renovate America, Ari served for four years at the White House, where he was Special Assistant to President Obama. There, he was the bridge between the private sector and the Administration, working to develop, promote, and implement policies that spurred job creation and promoted long-term economic competitiveness. Earlier in his career, Ari was vice president for strategy and community impact at The Rhode Island Foundation, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country. While there, he directed HousingWorks RI, a statewide affordable housing coalition and campaign that leveraged over $500 million in affordable housing investment and created thousands of jobs in the state. Ari graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B. in political science from Brown University, and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a Public Interest Law Scholar. Ari lives in San Diego with his wife, Marissa, and their precious little girls, Gabrielle and Maia.

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    Anne Filipic

    President, Enroll America

    Anne Filipic serves as President of Enroll America, a non-profit organization dedicated to maximizing the number of Americans who enroll in and retain health coverage made available through the Affordable Care Act. Most recently, Anne was the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement under President Barack Obama. Previously, she served as Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Her background includes key positions in a variety of electoral and issue campaigns, including the 2008 Obama for America campaign, where she served as Field Director during the Iowa caucuses and Colorado General Election Director. As an early leader in the Obama for America campaign, Anne played a key role in developing and implementing the campaign’s successful organizing model, which has fundamentally altered the nature of grassroots engagement in the electoral and public policy context.

    Since joining Enroll America in January 2013, Anne has appeared in dozens of media outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes,” CNN’s “CrossFire,” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Enroll America has served as nation’s leading health care enrollment organization, which brings together community and health organizations, businesses, volunteers and others to inform consumers about the new health coverage options and how to enroll in them. Representing Enroll America and its coalition, Anne has become a leading voice on the consumer experience and best practices around ACA enrollment and engagement. In 2015, Anne was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare.

    Anne is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Julian Haynes

    Program Officer, The Meyer Foundation

    Julian A. Haynes is a program officer at the Meyer Foundation, where he focuses on the Foundation’s grantmaking in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. Before joining Meyer in 2016, Julian was an associate director of programs and policy at Achieving the Dream, a national reform network dedicated to community college student success and completion. In that role, Julian oversaw the day-to-day management of the Working Student Success Network, a national initiative focused on providing comprehensive nonacademic services to low-income community college students.

    Prior to his role with Achieving the Dream, Julian was a program associate on the education team at the Kresge Foundation, where for three years he helped manage a national portfolio of grants supporting efforts to increase post-secondary degree attainment for traditionally under-served students. Previously, he was a research associate at Guttman Community College in the CUNY system, and a project coordinator with the United Way of Dane County in Madison, WI. He recently joined the board of Young Invincibles in Washington DC.

    Julian holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse, and a master’s in nonprofit management from Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy.

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    Ngozi Nezianya

    JD/MBA Candidate, Northwestern University School of Law and Kellogg School of Management

    Ngozi is currently a JD/MBA candidate at the Northwestern University School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management. Before graduate school, Ngozi worked as a Senior Research Analyst at the Democracy Alliance (DA). There, he conducted due diligence on a $150 million portfolio of nonprofit organizations, and he led the creation and launch of a dynamic, database-driven website, including managing the DA’s outreach effort to almost 200 organizations. Before the DA, Ngozi served as the Acting Head of Leadership at African Leadership Academy (ALA), an elite boarding school in Johannesburg, South Africa. At ALA, Ngozi spearheaded the research, writing, and design of the Academy’s two-year leadership curriculum; taught courses in leadership and entrepreneurship; and shaped school-wide academic and disciplinary policy. Ngozi is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science.

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    Julia Smith

    Associate, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

    Julia is a co-founder of Young Invincibles. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 2006 and New York University Law School in 2012. During college, she participated in, and eventually helped lead, Swarthmore’s Living Wage and Democracy Campaign. After college, Julia worked on her mother’s campaign for State Assembly and later joined the staff of New York State Senator, now New York Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman. In 2008, Julia left New York to join the Obama campaign as a field organizer in Miami, Florida. She returned to New York to work for the state’s Medicaid program and then attend law school. Julia formerly served as Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. She now works as an associate in the healthcare practice of the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. She lives with her husband Jacob, also a co-founder of Young Invincibles, and their puppy Arya in Brooklyn, NY.

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    Raha Wala

    Senior Counsel, Human Rights First

    Raha is a Senior Counsel at Human Rights First, where he advocates for national security policies that are consistent with human rights norms. He became a huge fan of Young Invincibles in law school when some of his closest friends at Georgetown started the organization.

    As the senior advocate for defense and intelligence issues at Human Rights First, Raha frequently shares his expertise with policymakers in Congress and the Executive Branch, and has appeared regularly in major print, radio, and TV outlets, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Journal, Reuters, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, CNN, MSNBC, and BBC. He has also authored numerous policy papers and academic articles on human rights in national security policy.

    Raha has a B.B.A. in Finance and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and helped build financial modeling tools as a corporate consultant before attending law school. In his personal time, Raha enjoys cooking, seeing live music, biking around the city, and DJing.