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Young Invincibles Announces Leadership Change

October 3, 2017
Contact: Sarah Schultz,, 202-734-6510

[Washington D.C.] – Today, after eight years of investment building Young Invincibles (YI) from a student-led startup into an established, national organization, YI announced the resignation of co-founder and executive director, Jen Mishory.

Since its founding in 2009, Young Invincibles has grown to become the largest Millennial advocacy organization in the country, with nearly 40 paid staff and offices in California, Texas, Illinois, New York, and Colorado. In the last eight years, the organization has run large-scale public education campaigns reaching hundreds of thousands of young people, and has achieved numerous policy victories, including securing strong consumer protections in health insurance plans for millions of college students, protecting funding for the federal Pell grant program, expanding funding for community colleges, and improving state jobs programs.

When we started Young Invincibles, we wanted to create a vehicle for giving young Americans a real voice in the decisions impacting their lives and future, said Ari Matusiak, co-founder and Board chair. “The work of Young Invincibles has never been more critical than it is today. When Jen decided that it was time to transition, the Board launched a nationwide search for YI’s next executive director. We are excited to announce that selection in the coming weeks.”

“Jen has taken that vision and turned it into a powerful reality,” Matusiak continued. “Young Invincibles is making a real and positive impact in the lives of millions of young people across the country. That is a testament to Jen’s leadership, drive, and focus. We will miss her greatly, but are forever grateful for the strong foundation she built.”

“Young Invincibles has grown from a group of students in a cafeteria to a national organization, running impactful campaigns that help millions of young people become more financially secure,” Mishory said. “It has been a true privilege to lead this organization and to work with so many young people in communities across the country to lift up the voices of my generation. As with any founder-led organization, it comes time for its next director to take the reins, and I look forward to seeing YI grow under new leadership.”

Mishory served as YI’s executive director from 2014-2017. She is leaving for the Century Foundation, where she will serve as a Senior Policy Advisor and Senior Fellow. Rory O’Sullivan, co-founder and current deputy director of Young Invincibles, will serve as acting executive director until the next executive director is announced.

About Young Invincibles

Young Invincibles is a national nonpartisan nonprofit research and advocacy organization working to expand economic opportunity for young adults ages 18 to 34. YI takes on issues related to health care, higher education, jobs and finances, and civic engagement, working to make sure that young adults’ perspective is heard wherever decisions about their collective future are being made. With offices in five states and Washington D.C., YI focuses on building a community of young leaders to take action for social change, sharing the stories of young adults, cutting-edge policy research and analysis, providing tools for our generation to make smart economic choices, and mission- driven social enterprise ventures. To learn more, visit