Meet the folks who make up the YI team! See below for our staff bios, and for a full directory list, please click here.

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    Rachel Fleischer

    Executive Director

    Rachel Fleischer is the Executive Director of Young Invincibles. She brings nearly two decades of experience building advocacy and public awareness campaigns to this role, most recently serving as Senior Director at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

    Fleischer has spent the last seven years leading some of Planned Parenthood’s largest health care and advocacy efforts, including the most recent campaign to defeat congressional “defund” efforts, the organization’s consumer education program around the Affordable Care Act, the launch of Planned Parenthood’s breast health initiative, and Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary celebration. She also managed the Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Independent Expenditure communications work during the 2012 Presidential campaign.

    Prior to her work at Planned Parenthood, Rachel oversaw numerous issue-based advocacy and communications efforts for a range of foundations, non-profit organizations, and political candidates at two award-winning consulting firms — Behr Communications and GMMB.

    Fleischer lives in Washington DC with her husband Lucas and their two boys, Sam and Miles. She hails from South Jersey — and is proud of it.

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    Allie Aguilera

    Policy and Government Affairs Manager

    As Policy and Government Affairs Manager, Allie Aguilera works with advocates, partners, and other stakeholders to elevate the needs and policy interests of young people in Congress and in legislative bodies around the country.

    She joined YI from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, where she worked on long term strategic and regulatory planning and led a team of communications and intergovernmental affairs professionals through an organizational modernization, two Congressional reauthorizations, and various expansions to transportation safety. Prior to this, Allie worked on intersectional issues surrounding women’s and girls’ economic and social rights, equity in economic and educational opportunity, bridging the digital divide, and more as a policy analyst for New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio. Allie has worked on several successful campaigns and elections, providing operations leadership for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s 2013 campaign and overseeing operations for Organizing for America in NY, CA, and TX through the 2012 presidential election. Allie began her career supporting national operations at the Democratic National Committee.

    Allie is a proud Virginian and a graduate of the University of Virginia.

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    Mouhamad Alem

    Senior Director of Finance and Operations

    Mouhamad is fueled by the idea that people, knowledge, and technology can be combined to make a positive impact on the world. As Sr. Director of Finance and Operations, Mouhamad brings a rich and diverse set of experiences working across operations, finance, and management in both the non-profit and corporate worlds.

    As a grassroots organizer, Mouhamad has written policy proposals, organized public awareness campaigns, and provided media training in support of communities extending from New Orleans to Aleppo and on progressive issues ranging from affordable housing to immigration reform.

    Most recently, Mouhamad served as Chief Operating Officer at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. As COO, Mouhamad led the company to the strongest financial position of the past twelve years while managing all aspects of the company’s strategic planning and daily operation.

    Prior to his time at GQRR Mouhamad served as Director of Information Technology at Green America, a non-profit organization focused on harnessing the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. He also served on the Board as a staff-appointed representative.

    Previously, Mouhamad served as Project Director for Microsoft directing the project that brought the Internet to Saudi Arabia for the first time. He delivered the two-year project under budget and ahead of schedule. In addition, he trained and launched Saudi Arabia’s first women’s technology council and designed the country’s first multilingual online courses.

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    Troy Alim

    Midwest Organizer

    Troy Alim is the Midwest Organizer in the Midwest regional office. After living in Atlanta, Georgia for four years working in the music industry, Troy returned home to Chicago and dedicated himself to fighting for social justice. He has organized for the last three years with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Chicago Votes. He currently serves as the Organizing Co-chair for the Chicago chapter of the Black Youth Project 100. In his free time, Troy enjoys reading, writing, and eating every type of taco known to human kind.

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    Tom Allison

    Deputy Policy & Research Director

    Tom Allison is the Deputy Policy & Research Director at Young Invincibles, responsible for the organization’s research and data analysis, products ranging from major econometric reports to monthly data pulls and fact sheets about young adults in the economy, health care, and education. His specialties include federal education statistics, state higher education budgets, survey design and implementation, focus groups, temporal analyses, and demographic comparison research.

    Tom brings a communications acumen to his work as well, understanding that even the best research will fall short of its goals without a concerted communications strategy. He’s appeared live on MSNBC, and been quoted in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Vox, Forbes, and others.

    Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington and his Master of Public Policy from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy at George Washington University.

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    Spencer Dixon

    Partnerships Coordinator

    Spencer is responsible for building strategic partnerships with individuals and organizations who Young Invincibles collaborates with to help empower and foster positive change for young adults. He also supports project execution and implementation for Young Invincibles. After working with YI Advisors and Young Invincibles in 2015, Spencer spent 17 months working on the organizing team for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in Iowa, Washington, and Ohio. He is thrilled to be back at the organization as he helps clients connect with, and amplify the voices of, his generation. Spencer is also a Senior Strategist for YI Advisors.

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    Fedora Galasso

    Southern Regional Director

    Fedora Galasso is YI’s Southern Regional Director. Based in Austin, Texas she leads the strategic direction, programming, and policy priorities on health care, higher education, workforce/finances, and civic engagement for the region.

    Prior to joining YI, Fedora worked at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, where she managed several innovative statewide programs, including the Community Partner Program, Community Resource Coordination Groups and Faith- and Community-Based Initiative. These programs all aimed at fostering public and private partnerships between the state and local community organizations to expand access to healthcare, education and economic supports for Texans.

    Fedora also worked as a senior policy analyst with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services identifying, researching, evaluating, and disseminating evidence-based best practices, program models, and policies as well as implementing large-scale initiatives such as Trauma Informed Care and Differential Response. Prior to that she worked at Ascend at the Aspen Institute, researching and evaluating two-generation family economic security programs across the nation.

    Fedora graduated with dual master degrees in Public Affairs and Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin where she specialized in social and economic policy with a focus on innovative child and family social policy and programs. In her spare time Fedora enjoys teaching and practicing yoga at several Austin yoga studios, swimming at local swimming holes, and eating breakfast tacos.

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    Heidi Gider

    Senior Director of Development

    Heidi has worked in all areas of resource development and nonprofit management since 1996.

    Heidi previously held the position of Director of Development at numerous local and national nonprofit organizations, including Alliance for Justice. She is a long-time champion of individual rights, equitable access to legal services, and social justice, and currently serves on the Board of Responsive Law. She has chosen to work with organizations that help her pursue her personal and professional goal: advocating for the under-served. Heidi also worked at the National Women’s Health Network as their Director of Advancement, Equal Rights Advocates in San Francisco, as well as the Society for Women’s Health Research and the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, where she served as their first Director of Development. She is a Senior Consultant with The Rainmakers Group, a DC-based firm, which provides development services to small-to-mid-size nonprofit organizations. Through the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter Mentor Program, she advised a fellow. An enthusiastic and experienced public speaker, she has presented at the Bridge Conference, Center for Nonprofit Success, Direct Marketing Association, and Merrill Lynch. Heidi is a graduate of Bard College and studied abroad as part of St. Clare’s Oxford Liberal Arts Semester programme. She is a Notary Public in DC.

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    Aurora Harris

    Southern Deputy Director for Partnerships & Organizing

    Aurora Harris is the Southern Deputy Director for Partnerships & Organizing for Young Invincibles’ Southern Office, where she acts as the main liaison between grasstops partners and organizing work and strategy—ensuring that young people’s voices and experiences are represented within local and statewide discussions related to policy change and service provision.

    Aurora is an influential leader with a wealth of experience in community outreach and project management. Prior to working at Young Invincibles, Aurora served as Executive Director of the Lesbian Health Initiative (LHI). During her tenure, she formalized collaborative partnerships and increased the diversity of board leadership, volunteers, and clients served while simultaneously solidifying LHI’s sustainability for years to come. Aurora also served as Community Outreach Manager for the Preservation Society of Charleston, where she convened the City’s first coalition of African American preservationist and established the City of Charleston’s Modern Civil Rights Era Historic Marker Trail.

    Aurora is part of New Leaders Council Class of 2017 and she currently sits on the City of Houston’s first ever Mayoral LGBTQ Advisory board. Aurora received her B.A. in English and African-American Studies from the College of Charleston. She has roots in the Gullah Geechee culture of the Southeast and enjoys reading, volunteering, and cooking.

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    Erin Hemlin

    Director of Training and Consumer Education

    Erin Hemlin, Director of Training and Consumer Education, grew up in Sugar Land, Texas just outside of Houston. She has a B.A. in Political Science from St. Edward’s University (‘08), and a M.A. in Political Science with a focus in American Politics and Government from George Mason University (’12).

    Previously, Erin interned for the Congressional Research Service where she contributed to CRS reports in government operations, such as reports on the demographics of Members of Congress, rules and authorities of committees, committee expenditures, and other areas of congressional administration. She later worked as a legislative research fellow for The Sheridan Group, a DC-based advocacy and government relations firm dedicated to social change. At The Sheridan Group, Erin focused on federal education policy, technology-based economic development, poverty, and other domestic social issues.
    In her position as National Training Director, Erin manages the the training and consumer education campaigns for YI. She has managed YI’s Healthy Young America campaign for the past four years, providing hundreds of trainings on how the Affordable Care Act impacts young adults. She also contributes research, analytical, and writing skills to the policy team on public policy questions affecting young adults.

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    Gustavo Herrera

    Western Regional Director

    Gustavo is the Western Regional Director for Young Invincibles, where he is responsible for leading YI’s California offices, including its West Coast expansion. As director, he sets strategic direction and advances YI’s policy priorities on health care, higher education, jobs, and civic engagement for the region.

    Before starting at Young Invincibles, Gustavo was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of L.A. Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LAPCA), overseeing the day-to-day operation of a county museum, including the oversight of a master plan committee responsible for strategically developing three acres of additional museum campus. From 2010-2012, Gustavo led the Maestro Foundation, a classical music and performance arts foundation, as the Director of Organizational Development. Between 2007-2010, he assessed and recommended business growth strategies in the US marketplace for the global Fortune 500 Company, American Honda Motors, Co.

    Gustavo holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from American Jewish University and a dual Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies with an emphasis in socio-politics and economics and Art History from the University of California Santa Barbara. Gustavo served on the Board of Directors of the Create:Fixate Arts Organization (2006-2010). He is a current Strong Workforce Implementation Advisory Board Member for the California Community Colleges, Advisory Board Member for the California Physician’s Alliance and founding Board Member of Silverlake Forward.

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    Greg Hirschfeld

    Research and Partnerships Associate

    As a Research and Partnerships Associate at Young Invincibles, Greg plays a key role in managing the College Search Enhancement Project – bringing together the worlds of higher education data, technology, and behavioral change. Additionally, Greg helps with qualitative and quantitative research, drafting research papers, and external communications. Greg is particularly fond of creating data dashboards, highlighting the importance of data in effective storytelling and evidence-based policymaking.

    Prior to joining YI, Greg worked at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness as a researcher and program analyst. In this role he provided quantitative and qualitative research analysis, assisted with association development, and collaborated on numerous reports and papers. Greg also managed multiple database projects, including a database of state business incentives which required frequent dives into budget documents, legislative reports, and reaching out to state agency directors. Working at CREC provided Greg a chance to combine his interest in policy with his desire to help disadvantaged communities.

    A native of Ohio, Greg earned his B.A. in Political Science and History at Bowling Green State University and his M.A. in Political Science at American University. When he’s not at work, Greg can be found reading about American history, blogging about data, or exploring DC with his dog.

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    Tremayne Jackson

    Finance & Operations Manager

    In his position as Finance & Operations Manager, Tremayne plays a key role in managing the day to day finances and operations at Young Invincibles. Trey brings to the YI team a diversified educational and professional background that displays his business/finance acumen. In his previous position as the Accounts Receivable Accountant for Crown Agents USA Inc., Trey oversaw government contract compliance as it relates to billing/collection, managed the A/R process, collaborated with various project managers for budget/profit-loss analysis and account reconciliations, presented monthly aging report analysis, assisted in generating monthly forecasts, as well as sat on the Knowledge Management Team as a representative of the finance department. Trey implemented a great number of new management tools and policies and procedures during his time at CAUSA. He also was in charge of facility management in his earlier role as Logistics/Operations Coordinator for CAUSA. Prior to his time at CAUSA, Trey worked as a Judicial Security Intern for the U.S Marshals.

    Currently, Trey is in the Master’s of Accountancy program at American University here in D.C. He plans to combine a certificate in Forensic Accounting with his future MAcc. degree with hopes of achieving both his CPA and CFE certifications. Trey holds an MBA from Kansas Wesleyan University with a hard focus in management. In addition to his MBA, Trey also achieved his double major BA degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology with a minor in Psychology from KWU.

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    Melanie Kruvelis

    Northeast Policy Analyst

    Melanie Kruvelis is the Northeast Policy Analyst for Young Invincibles’ New York office, where she conducts qualitative and quantitative research on issues impacting young adults in New York City and State, including college affordability, immigrant health, and young adult unemployment.

    Prior to joining Young Invincibles, Melanie used her background in policy research to affect change both locally and federally. As a policy associate with DC Appleseed, she worked on strengthening the early care and education workforce in the District of Columbia, working with educators and policymakers to implement systems change in DC’s early education landscape. She was also the 2016 Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow in Women and Public Policy at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, where she focused on improving college accessibility for parenting students. Her research has been cited by the U.S. Department of Education and has been published by the United Nations Population Fund. She previously worked at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research and in public radio.

    Melanie received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 2014, earning high honors for her thesis research on gender in constitutions. She enjoys podcasting, concerts, and everything bagels.

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    Kate Londen

    Deputy Digital Director

    Kate oversees all digital communications strategy at Young Invincibles. Kate brings six years of experience in using communications for progressive advocacy. In her previous position, she was the Communications Manager at URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, a national reproductive justice non-profit. Before joining the team at URGE, she worked as a Communications Associate for the global nonprofit, One Economy. Kate is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia and a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she studied documentary filmmaking.

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    Marissa Martin

    Northeast Regional Director

    Marissa has always had a passion for social justice and making larger systemic change to increase access and equity. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in 2012 focusing on Community Organizing, Planning and Development and was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NYC) as an Emerging Leader in 2012. Before joining Young Invincibles as the Northeast Director, Marissa was the Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at the NYC Public Engagement Unit where she oversaw the Policy, Operations and Data teams. Before that, she was the Director of Policy and Government Relations at ExpandED Schools (formerly TASC), a nonprofit dedicated to closing the learning gap by increasing access to enriched education experiences as well as the Director of Government Affairs for the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families where she led CACF’s New York State and City budget advocacy campaigns and worked to improve equity for Asian Pacific American children and families.

    For over 10 years, Marissa has worked as an adoptee advocate working to strengthen the community and voice of the adoptee community. Marissa served as Assistant Director of Holt Heritage Camp and Co-Director of the Korean Identity Development Camp and served on the board of All Together Now, a support organization for adoptive families providing supportive programming for young adoptees while facilitating conversations with adopted parents. Marissa is also the former president and current advisory board member of Also-Known-As, Inc., a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to creating innovative educational programs and community building activities for those on their adoption life journey. Additionally, Marisa serves as an Advisory Board member of the Advocacy Institute, a nonprofit that is committed to supporting the legislative advocacy of social justice and movement-building organizations in New York City and State.

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    Kristin McGuire

    Western Director of Partnerships & Organizing

    Kristin grew up in Wentzville, MO and Palmetto, AL. Growing up in very small towns, Kristin realized early on that her voice stood out and often differed from public opinion. This still holds true today.

    Kristin built her career advancing social justice movements. She has worked for various organizations advocating for disenfranchised communities, from paroled young adults to those without access to quality heath care. Kristin has played a large role in shaping and implementing some of the most progressive tobacco policy in Southern California, namely smoke-free housing, parks, and outdoor areas in Compton. Prior to joining YI, Kristin spent the last three years operating her own campaign consulting business in Los Angeles.

    Kristin received her B.S. in Public Administration from CSU Dominguez Hills. When she isn’t trying to change the world, Kristin is a PTA mom, blogger, and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. — the best sorority in the world.

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    Paydon Miller

    Press Secretary

    Paydon Miller is a Wisconsin native with more than a decade of grassroots advocacy experience spanning political, advocacy, and non-profit campaigns. As Press Secretary for Young Invincibles, Paydon manages YI's press relations and media inquiries.

    For the last five years, Paydon managed communications campaigns that engaged and educated people nationwide to help them find health care that fit their needs and budget. Prior to joining YI, Paydon spent three years at Enroll America, where he last worked as National Communicators Program Director, and a year at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation working on their policy & advocacy communications team. He's also worked on many political campaigns at the national, state, and local level, and loves the "roll up your sleeves" work of grassroots organizing.

    Paydon is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with degrees in Political Science and Print Journalism. In his free time, Paydon enjoys playing banjo, homebrewing, and exploring DC on his bike.

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    Aylia Naqvi

    Human Resources & Operations Director

    Aylia is the Human Resources & Operations Manager at Young Invincibles. She oversees all aspects of human resources by planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations and human resources policies, programs, and practices, ensuring that YI meets all legal requirements and is in compliance with relevant laws and regulations across all locations.

    Aylia is from Los Angeles, CA, and is an enthusiastic yogi & traveler. She earned her B.S in Mathematics, Psychology, and Political Science from University of Maryland, and an Executive MBA from Robert H. Smith, UMD. She previously worked in the finance industry, where she completed the ACCEL Leadership program. She has over seven years of experience in organization operations and human resources.

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    Phelan O'Neil

    Connector Training Manager

    Phelan manages the Get Covered Connector, a cutting-edge digital scheduling tool that allows partners to more easily reach and enroll vulnerable communities by enhancing their use of data and analytics. Prior to YI, Phelan worked at Enroll America for several years, training community organizations on successful outreach strategies for ACA enrollment. Phelan also has a background in political campaigns, working for candidates across the nation at the local, state and federal levels. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a joint-degree in Organizational Studies and Non-Profit Management.

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    Christina Postolowski

    Rocky Mountain Regional Director

    Christina is YI’s Rocky Mountain Director based in Denver, CO, where she oversees Young Invincibles' young adult leadership, policy advocacy, and organizing work in the region. Previously, Christina was a Policy Manager in YI’s national office in Washington, DC, where she led the organization’s work on health coverage and young parents. Christina has engaged in federal and state policy research and advocacy on issues including federal financial aid reform, health insurance access, and family economic security.

    A native of Colorado, Christina holds a J.D. from Georgetown Law and an A.B. from Princeton University. Prior to law school, Christina worked for the Colorado Divisions of Real Estate and Insurance, where she helped to create and administer regulatory programs to protect consumers. In her free time, Christina likes to explore the great outdoors and perform with community theatres and choirs in the area.

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    Alex Pryor

    Digital Communications Coordinator

    Alex manages and creates content for YI’s digital communications platforms. Alex brings in a diverse array of experiences and skills. In his previous position, he was a Digital Marketer for the digital agency, Fifth Tribe, working primarily with commercial and nonprofit clients. Alex is a proud native of the DC-metropolitan area, and a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he majored in American Studies.

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    Kathryn Quintin

    Partnerships Manager

    Kathryn Quintin is the Partnerships Manager at Young Invincibles, working with the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition to increase nonpartisan student voting and engagement on college campuses. She was previously the Programs Manager at Asian and Pacific Islander Vote (APIAVote) where she coordinated most of the youth engagement and outreach and founded the #WetheAAPI Ambassador Program that engaged over 30 campuses around AAPI civic engagement.

    She also previously has held a position as the Executive Director of the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) and on the Board of Advisers for SERCAAL (Southeast Regional Conference for Asian American Leaders). She is a graduate of Florida State University and majored in International Affairs with a focus on Sociology.

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    Elena Sakopoulos

    Deputy Field Director

    As Deputy Field Director, Elena helps lead YI's national organizing campaigns, driving young adult engagement across our three issue areas. Originally the Midwest Organizing Manager, Elena is a Northern California native who moved out to Chicago in 2011. While a political science and human rights student at the University of Chicago, Elena developed a passion for community organizing and youth civic engagement. Before arriving at Young Invincibles, she interned at Chicago Votes, where she registered young Chicagoans to vote and engaged them on state and local policy issues. She now chairs Chicago Votes’ alumni engagement committee. Elena also worked as a field organizer on a city council race in Chicago, and interned with Democracy for America’s electoral campaigns department.

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    Sarah Schultz

    Sarah Schultz is Young Invincibles’ Communications Director. She joined the organization after spending several years working at a New York City-based public relations agency. During her time there, Sarah worked on developing and implementing strategic communications campaigns for clients across a number of industries with a special focus on nonprofit organizations in the health care space. At Young Invincibles, she oversees media relations and press inquiries.

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    Reid Setzer

    Government Affairs Director

    Reid is Young Invincibles’ Government Affairs Director, and is primarily responsible for maintaining relationships with Congressional offices, strategic partners, the Administration, and other national stakeholders. He has also been featured speaking about YI’s health care, young parents, higher education and youth financial security policy objectives in the New York Times, Forbes, Marketwatch, Yahoo, Inside Higher Ed, and other publications. Reid has also co-authored policy reports for YI, in addition to conducting policy research and helping to direct strategy for YI’s advocacy campaigns.
    Before working at YI, Reid did legal research and writing at the Center for American Progress and interned for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. He studied history and political science at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated magna cum laude in 2010, and graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with his Juris Doctorate in 2013. Reid is originally from Northern New Jersey, and enjoys reading historical non-fiction and going to baseball games.

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    Erin Steva

    Midwest Director

    Erin Steva is the Midwest Director of Young Invincibles, based in Chicago. At YI, Erin oversees the office’s efforts to expand access to higher education, jobs, and health care, including serving as a member of the Apprenticeships Committee of the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board. Prior to this position, Erin led research, advocacy, and organizing efforts at the local, state, and national level on public health and consumer-protection issues. Successful initiatives include expanding San Diego’s funding for public transportation by $3 billion, passing a ballot measure to fund high speed rail in California, and improving community health protections in the City of Los Angeles’ zoning policies. Erin has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Tribune, and several NPR affiliates. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Minnesota and holds a Masters in Public Policy from UCLA.

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    Maani Stewart

    National Training and Consumer Education Manager

    Maani currently serves as the National Training & Consumer Education Manager at Young Invincibles. In this role, he works to promote YI’s Healthy Young America campaign by facilitating partner and consumer trainings on the Affordable Care Act, and young adult health care access. Maani also formerly held a position with YI as a Federal Marketplace Navigator & State Outreach Coordinator. In this capacity, he conducted ACA consumer enrollment assistance and facilitated an ACA community education campaign. Additionally, he previously served with the Virginia Department of Social Services as a Benefit Programs Specialist for the Medicaid and SNAP programs.

    Maani graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in Political Science. He is currently enrolled at George Mason University pursuing a Masters of Public Health.

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    Clarissa Unger

    Director of Civic Engagement

    Clarissa Unger is the Civic Engagement Director for Young Invincibles. In this capacity, she leads the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, which promotes nonpartisan civic engagement on college campuses. Clarissa has a background in advocacy, communications, fundraising, and political campaigns, and has worked on strategic campaigns both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining YI, Clarissa served as the Development Coordinator for the Robert. J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas where she helped to promote civic engagement on campus. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Comparative European Politics from the Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.

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    Manfred Veizaga

    Communications Coordinator

    As Young Invincibles' Communications Coordinator, Manfred manages story sharing opportunities by working closely with young adults to help elevate their voices and share their unique stories through different channels of communication and media.

    Manfred graduated from George Mason University, where he majored in Communication with a concentration in Media Production and Criticism. Manfred brings a diverse range of skills and experiences from within the communication field. Prior to his position at YI, Manfred interned at Univision Washington, a Spanish language T.V. station in Washington, D.C. and worked in small business for a few years.

    In his leisure time, Manfred enjoys traveling, listening to music, checking out new restaurants, and exploring D.C. on foot.

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    Yusuf Vidal

    Midwest Organizing Manager

    Yusuf Vidal is the Midwest Organizing Manager at Young Invincibles, and is primarily responsible for ongoing healthcare campaigns, maintaining relationships with state legislators, community leaders, other community stakeholders, and the Streetlight Chicago project for our Illinois office. Furthermore, Yusuf manages and has helped develop the YI Fellowship Program, which exposes students to policy, advocacy, and grassroots work. With over five years of experience in youth development and organizing, Yusuf works with young people and student leaders throughout Illinois to mobilize, coordinate, and encourage civic engagement.

    Prior to this role, Yusuf played an integral role in helping develop the health advocacy and outreach platform for Hamdard Center for Health and Human Services. Yusuf currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Muslim Student Association West (MSA West), where he co-leads and develops long-term, strategic planning for fundraising and programming efforts.

    Through his work with Young Invincibles and his other community affiliations, Yusuf remains committed to mentoring youth, building expertise in healthcare policy, and hopes to one day earn the title of “civic innovator.”

    Yusuf holds a B.A. in Political Science from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and spent a year studying and conducting research at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.