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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    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

    Engagement Manager

    Troy Alim is the Engagement Manager 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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    Stanley Augustin

    Content Strategy Program Manager

    Stanley Augustin serves as the Content Strategy Program Manager with the Young Invincibles. Previously, he was the Digital Media Manager at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, working across the organization’s programs to support efforts and initiatives through digital content. A graduate of Howard University, Stanley Augustin comes to the Young Invincibles with a rich past of developing effective digital strategy and producing digital content across mediums. At the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, Stanley served as the Training & Outreach Program Specialist for the organization. Stanley managed the Pro Bono Center’s various legal trainings for volunteer attorneys, producing corresponding content like training videos, podcasts, and graphics to support the Center’s programs.

    Stanley has also spent time working on affordable housing and banking policies for a local affordable housing developer in the District, and on Capitol Hill working with the Committee on Homeland Security.

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    Jesse Barba

    Senior Director of External Affairs

    Jesse brings nearly a decade of public policy and government relations experience to the table. As Senior Director of External Affairs, Jesse will lead strategy, leadership, and high-level management of the public policy, research, government relations, communications, and digital teams.

    Formerly, Jesse served as Vice President at Cassidy & Associates where he built strategy for engaging and navigating governments, policymakers, and stakeholders for clients in the technology, higher education, defense, energy, and corporate spaces. Jesse’s work advocating for clients has supported business go-to-market strategies, while finding solutions to regulatory barriers of access.

    Prior to joining Cassidy, Jesse worked in the office of Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), where he served as lead staffer on issues touching the House Education and Workforce Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee. He also assisted in coordinating the legislative and political vision, strategy, and execution for the congressional office. Prior, Jesse served in a similar role for Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns (NY-10).

    Jesse is also co-founder of EDGE (Electing a Democratic Generation), which works with young Democratic lawmakers and candidates by serving as both a policy advisory and political support apparatus. This includes helping to formulate and support policies important to our generation, serving as a conduit and platform for amplifying the work of young Democratic policymakers, pooling our individual and employer/client affiliated PAC resources to fundraise for their campaign, and organizing field deployments to provide active boots on the ground support.

    A native of New York, Jesse earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University and a master’s degree in legislative affairs at The George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management.

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    Caitlin Briody

    Midwest Partnerships Coordinator

    As the Midwest Partnerships Coordinator, Caitlin works to build relationships with Illinois organizations in the health and higher education spaces. Originally from Connecticut (and a proud UConn Husky), she comes to YI with experience serving at United Way and in local government. In her free time she writes and performs comedy, and takes way too many pictures of her cats. She believes in the power of collaboration, civic engagement, and comfortable footwear.

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    Dy Brown

    Senior Director of Regional Strategy

    Dy is a nonprofit executive and connector who most recently worked for Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and previous to that in multiple roles in DC government. She received an MSA in Organizational Development from Trinity University and BBA in Marketing from Howard University. Her background is embedded in a commitment to civic engagement, philanthropy, celebrating the arts, and encouraging purposeful travel. She currently serves on Krewe of Pyros, Coalition for the Homeless, Step Afrika!, NCBMP, and Walker’s Legacy Board of Directors. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi. Dy originally hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and continues to keep strong ties with that community.

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    Kyra deGruy

    Rocky Mountain Director

    Kyra deGruy is the Rocky Mountain Director of Young Invincibles, based in Denver, CO. Growing up and through college, she thought she’d become a doctor. However, after having worked in a primary care clinic, she realized the healthcare delivery system was broken and she shifted her trajectory into changing public policy. With nearly a decade working in health policy, higher education policy and local and statewide politics, Kyra has dedicated herself to public service.

    Kyra was born in Mobile, Alabama and graduated from MSU Denver – a university dedicated to access and equity. In her free time, she gets outside to ski, climb, bike or walk her dogs and talks politics with her partner, Chris. They live in Lakewood with their two dogs, Jobin and Lulu and two cats, Pema and Turtle.

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    Morgan Diamond

    Midwest Program Manager

    As the Midwest Program Manager, Morgan works to expand apprenticeship programs across Illinois. Morgan has over ten years of workforce development experience, particularly with young adults from underrepresented populations. Throughout her career in nonprofit and government agencies, Morgan has had the opportunity to combine her love of teaching with her passion for addressing the structural and personal barriers that individuals face when seeking meaningful employment.

    A proud Tar Heel, Morgan was born and raised in North Carolina and received both her bachelor’s degree and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and serves clients (particularly young adults) in a private practice setting. Prior to working at Young Invincibles, Morgan has worked in community organizing, lobbying, program coordination, and curriculum development capacities.

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    Matthew Eckel

    Director of Policy Research

    Matt is a skilled qualitative and quantitative researcher with experience in econometrics, public policy, polling, survey research, quantitative modeling, regression social science experiments, and qualitative political and policy analysis. In addition to extensive teaching experience- where he translated quantitative analysis to non-specialist audiences, Matt has also conducted policy/political research for She the People and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, among others.

    In his spare time, he skis, designs board games, and, like Sisyphus with an oven, pursues the ever-unattainable perfectly-baked puff pastry.

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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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    Río Gonzalez

    Southern Mental Health Policy Fellow

    Río Gonzalez is the Southern Mental Health Policy Fellow for Young Invincibles. Río grew up in a predominantly immigrant Latinx community in rural California where mental health is heavily stigmatized and ignored. Their lack of knowledge with mental health motivated them to receive their B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Post undergrad, they pursued a MPH in Community Health Practice from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to further investigate health disparities in their community and how to advocate, organize, and create change. In their spare time, Río enjoys taking long walks in nature, cuddling with their pups, and cooking their ama’s recipes.

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    Aurora Harris

    Southern Regional Director

    Aurora Harris is the Southern Regional Director for Young Invincibles. Based in Houston, Texas she leads the strategic direction, programming, and policy priorities on health care, higher education, workforce/finances, and civic engagement for the region.

    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 Health Policy and Advocacy

    Erin Hemlin oversees health policy and advocacy for Young Invincibles. She currently leads YI’s policy development and government relations work related to access to health care with a focus on the federal marketplace and Medicaid, as well as young adult health care utilization, specifically regarding mental health. Previously, Erin led YI’s health care consumer education work for five years which focused on ACA implementation and helping young people access coverage directly, as well as connecting partners to young adults in their communities. She has authored reports for YI focused on young adult health, and was a contributing author for the textbook Navigating Health Insurance. Her work has been frequently cited in the media, including major publications like NPR, NBC News, and The New York Times.

    Erin previously worked for a social change-oriented lobbying firm, The Sheridan Group, and for the Congressional Research Service. She serves on the Board of Directors of The National Alliance for Adolescent Health, and enjoys reading, and all things sports in her spare time. She is a native Texan, and received her B.A. from St. Edward’s University, and M.A. from George Mason University.

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    Samer Hassan

    Storytelling and Engagement Manager

    Samer Hassan grew up in Chicago and decided that community college was the most equitable path in order to begin his journey in higher education. As a former undocumented immigrant, he was aware of the realities that marginalized communities faced. After noticing rampant inequalities among the segregated neighborhoods of Chicago, he began a mentorship pipeline from Chicago’s underrepresented communities to the community colleges in order to provide children with marketable skills and self growth. After gaining the Student Government President position, he advocated for fellow community college students where they worked in tandem to push administrators towards tuition reform and accept student voices in their decision making processes.

    Partnering with numerous organizations such as: Chicago Votes in order to help register voters, Chicago Council on Global Affairs which provided politicians and diplomats direct access to college students, and Young Invincibles where he was able to provide an immigrant perspective to Bill Gates, who eventually began lobbying Congress to reform the FAFSA application process.

    In 2018, Samer earned the Program for Academic Leadership and Service Award Scholarship and recently graduated Columbia University New York.

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    Tremayne Jackson

    Director of Finance & Operations

    In his position as Director of Finance & Operations, 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 a Logistics/Operations Coordinator for CAUSA. Prior to his time at CAUSA, Trey worked as a Judicial Security Intern for the U.S Marshals.

    Trey holds an MBA from Kansas Wesleyan University with a hard focus in management & MAcc from American University with a certificate in Forensic Accounting. He has hopes of achieving both his CPA and CFE certifications in the near future. 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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    David James

    Operations Coordinator

    David is the Operations Coordinator here at Young Invincibles. He is responsible for day-to-day office administrative support as well as working with the rest of the operations team to build out key organizational structures and procedures. David is a vital part of the Operations team as he provides administrative and logistical support to the Operations & Executive team.

    Before joining YI David worked on Andrew’s Air Force Base at the Malcolm Grow Medical Center as a Data Base Sustainment Specialist. There he served as a critical centerpiece within their Facility Management and Logistics departments. Prior to his time at Malcolm Grow David worked in both the Finance and Insurance industry. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management from Albright College in 2014.

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    Emily Kong

    Digital Communications Coordinator

    Emily Kong is part writer, part foodie, and wholehearted believer in the Oxford Comma. She lives and breathes social media after five years of tweeting, posting, and curating the perfect Instagram photo. Most recently she worked at Let America Vote, an organization leading the fight to protect voting rights. When politicians make it harder to vote, they make it harder for them to get re-elected by supporting voting rights champions. Other previous experiences include an online women's magazine, Active Minds, a mental health non-profit, D.C. fashion week, and a D.C.-based e-commerce site.

    When she isn’t reading the latest contemporary romance novel, she’s watching a cooking tutorial, going on a hike, finding the latest brunch spot, and submersing herself in all things digital. Born and raised in Maryland and a proud University of Maryland terrapin, she loves summers on the beach, crabs, and Old Bay. After working in the fashion, mental health, and women’s magazine industries, she’s learned the importance and power of people and amplifying every person’s voice to create change.

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    Melanie Kruvelis

    Northeast Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy

    Melanie Kruvelis is the Northeast Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy
    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

    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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    Christina Long

    Southern Policy and Advocacy Manager

    Christina is the Southern Policy and Advocacy Manager, where she specializes in research and analysis across higher education, health care, and workforce development. Christina is excited by young adult leadership and voice in creating systemic policy change. An artist at heart, Christina loves bringing creativity and design thinking into policy advocacy. Prior to YI, Christina was a counselor and college success advisor, and brings experience in PK-12 and higher education policy. Christina holds a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Public Affairs from UCLA, an M.A. in School Counseling from Ohio State, and an M.A. in Policy, Organizations, and Leadership from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She loves running and strumming the ukelele.

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    Kristin McGuire

    Western Regional Director

    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 health 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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    Marissa Muñoz

    Northeast Director

    Marissa Muñoz is the Northeast Director of the Young Invincibles where she is leading the organization's policy advocacy efforts to increase opportunities for young adults. Prior to this role, Marissa served as the Senior Director of Education Policy at the Hispanic Federation, advancing New York City and State policies that support the achievement of Latinos in both P-12 and higher education.

    Marissa has dedicated her career to public service, working in both non-profit organizations as well as government, and has extensive experience in program management and relationship development. She is passionate about increasing college and career readiness opportunities for young people and has worked to increase programs and policies that support postsecondary success through her work at the College Board and the New York City Department of Education. Marissa holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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    Phelan O'Neill

    Deputy Director of Product and Innovation

    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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    Joanna Ostroot

    Development Coordinator

    As the Development Coordinator at Young Invincibles, Joanna plays a role in all fundraising activities, including prospect research, proposal writing, grant reporting, database management, and event planning. Previously, she worked in development operations at the League of Conservation Voters. She was also a member of the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Joanna believes that people power and advocacy are vital to addressing environmental, social, and economic issues, and she champions leveraging insights from behavioral sciences to create results in these areas.

    Joanna is from Buffalo, NY, and graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In her free time, she enjoys swing dancing, podcasts, live music (especially alternative rock and classical), and debating the definition of “upstate New York.”

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    Lily Rocha

    Midwest Regional Director

    Lily Rocha is the Midwest Regional Director for Young Invincible’s Chicago Office, where she leads YI’s Illinois operations. With the Midwest team, she builds policy and advocacy strategies specific to Illinois, engages young adults throughout the state, and elevates YI’s impact in the region.

    Lily joins YI with a decade’s worth of work in state and federal policy dedicated to serving marginalized communities. As an aide to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, she worked on education policy, ensuring college graduates who were drowning in debt had a voice in Congress. As a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives, Lily assembled a coalition of grassroots supporters and industry stakeholders to draft a new bill tackling mental health stigmas and requiring culturally competent care. After Congress, Lily joined the Joyful Heart Foundation, an anti-sexual assault organization, rising to Associate Director of Policy & Advocacy. In this role, she led collaborative efforts with sexual assault survivors and state legislators to enact laws enhancing survivors’ rights and eliminating the backlog of thousands of untested rape kits across the country. By being at the intersection of research-backed policy and state-specific politics, Lily was instrumental in passing legislation in 10 states to provide survivors with enumerated rights and finally get rape kits counted, tracked, and tested.

    Prior to joining YI, Lily was the Chief of Staff to Illinois State Representative Barbara Hernandez. Lily advised the newly-appointed Millennial legislator on building out her legislative platform and was key in drafting legislation to help her most underserved constituents, including first-generation college students and low-income families. As Chief of Staff, Lily also managed the staff and interns, ensured all constituents were fully served, and established tools and procedures to improve daily operations.

    Lily received her B.A. in Economics-Political Science from Columbia University. When she’s not volunteering with community groups in her hometown of Aurora, Illinois, Lily enjoys running, trying to replicate her mom’s Mexican cooking, and spending time with her cat, Jellybean.

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    Juan Ramiro Sarmiento

    Media Manager

    Juan Ramiro serves as the Media Manager and drives communications strategy for Young Invincibles.

    Formerly, Juan Ramiro worked in the communications and policy arena at the local and national levels including the US House of Representatives, the Democratic National Convention Committee, and Kansas City, MO Mayor Sly James.

    A proud Jayhawk, Juan Ramiro studied political science and international relations at the University of Kansas. As a history buff, Juan Ramiro has a deep interest in foreign policy, a love for WWII documentaries, and an avid collector of maps and globes.

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    Mina Schultz

    ACA Outreach and Enrollment Program Manager

    Mina is the ACA Outreach and Enrollment Program Manager at Young Invincibles, where she supports efforts to promote opportunities for young adults to gain access to health insurance coverage. Mina joins Young Invincibles from New York City's GetCoveredNYC initiative, where she conducted community outreach to help New Yorkers understand their health coverage options. As a former Certified Application Counselor in rural West Virginia, she has enjoyed helping vulnerable populations not only access health insurance but also health care. Mina earned her B.A. in French from the Pennsylvania State University, her M.A. in French and Foreign Language Education from the University of Missouri, and her Master of Public Health from The George Washington University.

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    Ruth Sosa Martinez

    Engagement Coordinator

    Ruth is based in Central California and serves as the Engagement Coordinator for YI West. She is currently a senior at Sacramento State University and is pursuing a Bachelors in Political Science with a minor in Deaf Studies and is expected to graduate December, 2020. Ruth has a deep passion for youth empowerment, community organizing, and advocacy work.

    Most recently Ruth was the Grassroots Coordinator for Reform Revolution Project where she designed and implemented outreach strategies for the newly found organization. Ruth now serves on the Board of Directors for Reform Revolution Project. In the past year, Ruth was an organizing fellow for Voto Latino and a Political & Organizing intern for the Democratic National Committee. She was also a participant in Young Invincibles’ Young Advocates Program where she further developed her advocacy and leadership skills.. In her downtime Ruth enjoys practicing calligraphy and spending time with her dogs.

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    Kyle Southern

    Policy and Advocacy Director, Higher Education and Workforce

    Kyle focuses on advancing social and economic equity through national and state higher education and workforce policy. He brings to YI a decade of experience as an education researcher and policy professional. Prior to joining YI, Kyle served as Director of Policy and Research for Complete Tennessee, a statewide higher education advocacy nonprofit based in Nashville.

    Kyle holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan, where his research addressed equity issues including racial and ethnic diversity of tenure-track faculty and the intersections of immigration and higher education policy. His writing has been published in peer-reviewed journals and books, as well as popular publications including Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Kyle has presented at regional, national, and international conferences on higher education access, tuition, and student support services.

    A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Kyle earned a bachelor's in American Studies and Master's in Education Policy, both from Vanderbilt University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Higher Education Initiative, which facilitates access to college degree programs for men who are incarcerated across the state. He also has been a member of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors and a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar.

    Kyle enjoys traveling both internationally and across the country, and he is working toward a goal of visiting all 50 states. He also enjoys live music performances, basketball, and baseball--though always as a spectator.

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    Malcolm Sullivan

    Southern Organizing Manager

    Malcolm Sullivan is the Southern Organizing Manager for Young Invincibles. He comes from years of building young leadership through state and local initiatives in his hometown of Boston. His experiences working with youth to advance racial justice at the Cambridge Youth Council and to advance LGBTQ+ justice at the Massachusetts GSA Leadership Council showed him the value of young people’s civic engagement. Always focused on advancing equity, Malcolm believes that building solidarity and community leadership is essential to progress.

    Malcolm received his BFA in Nonfiction Writing from Emerson College and has vowed to use it for good and not for evil. Since moving to Texas, Malcolm has worked with The City of San Antonio’s Office of Equity and RAICES. In this spare time, Malcolm enjoys reading, baking, and photography.

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    Jocelyn Ursin

    HR Manager

    Since 2006, Jocelyn has been helping organizations shape their HR practices so they are aligned to the strategic agenda of the business. Prior to joining YI, Jocelyn served as an HR Manager at Genesys Works,a non-profit with a mission to provide pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. Jocelyn has also worked in corporate and consulting roles at for-profit organizations providing HR support in the areas of compliance, talent management, training & development, compensation, benefits administration and employee relations.

    Jocelyn obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Southern University. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a Certified Professional through the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP). She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and has a passion for Cajun/Creole cuisine.

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    Cameron Vigil

    Rocky Mountain Engagement Manager

    As the Rocky Mountain Engagement Manager, Cameron is responsible for implementing Young Invincibles’ consumer education and engagement work in Colorado.

    Cameron graduated from the University of Colorado Denver, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. She is currently attending Regis University, obtaining her masters in Nonprofit Management, expected to graduate in May of 2019. Prior to working with YI, Cameron worked at Youth Advocates Program, a nonprofit organization committed to the provision of community-based alternatives to out-of-home care through direct service, advocacy and policy change. She also participated in the Young Advocates Program held in the Rocky Mountain office and served on both the regional and national Youth Advisory Board for YI.

    Cameron stays engaged with her community back home by co-creating the Leticia “Weda” Salinas Scholarship, available for any high school senior living in Pueblo, Colorado. The scholarship aims to not only help students afford higher education but reduce the stigma of mental health within the community.

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    Iesha Young

    VA Engagement Manager

    As VA Engagement Manager with YI, Iesha's dedicated to educating and training young adults on the Affordable Care Act and accessing health care in the Virginia area. Iesha is a graduate from UMUC where she earned her degree in Communications Studies. Iesha has a background in broadcast, marketing, communications, and outreach. In her previous position as Reproductive Outreach Specialist, she educated teens and young adults on reproductive health and future family planning needs.

    In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family in New York. She looks forward to contributing to the ongoing success of Young Invincibles.

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    Mahmoud Zahriya

    West Advocacy Manager

    Mahmoud Zahriya is based in the Sacramento office as YI's West Advocacy Manager. In collaboration with the West Regional Director and YI's national policy team, Mahmoud is responsible for implementing Young Invincibles' statewide policy and government affairs work in California.

    As a Sacramento native, longtime activist, and a previous Policy Manager for CAIR California, Mahmoud was involved in some of the most prominent civil rights campaigns from community surveillance, to police use of force, and the so called "Muslims Travel Ban 2.0".

    During his spare time, Mahmoud proudly serves as a leading member of the Sacramento Immigration Coalition where him and his close friends have continuously advocated in canceling county contracts for numerous Immigration Detention facitilies across northern California. During his spare time, Mahmoud also serves as the Caucus Chair of the Arab American Caucus for the California Democratic Party.

    Mahmoud graduated from Sacramento State University with a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations.