BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Generation Citizen is governed by a board of directors that includes current and former leaders of some of the country’s most innovative non-profit organizations, businesses and educational institutions.

Julie Hudman, Chair

Managing Partner, Vikasa Health

 

 
Bio

Dr. Julie Hudman is a health care executive who focuses on creating and nurturing thriving, healthy communities. Her three decades of local, state, international, non-profit and academic experience spans across health care finance, creative problem-solving, team building and communications. Julie has been a health care provider for vulnerable populations, an administrator of the Medicaid health coverage program, and a researcher and professor of health care finance and policy, public health and health economics. Her blend of experiences arm her with a deeper understanding of the social determinants of health, skills to administer health and insurance programs to address these disparities, and coverage and services finance knowledge to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

Julie is currently Managing Partner at Vikasa Health where her mission is to evaluate and accelerate the utilization of cost-effective processes, technologies, and data to reduce social inequalities and improve health outcomes. Julie specializes in addressing the role of social determinants of health for communities – using technology and analysis that considers where individuals are born, live, work and play as much as it does whether and how often they see a health care provider to achieve the goal of healthier communities.

Prior to her current role, Julie served as CEO at the Saban Community Clinic, a federally qualified health center that provides comprehensive primary and preventive health and social services to thousands of low-income patients in Los Angeles, CA.  While living in Mumbai, India for three years, Julie advised the Gates Foundation and Reliance Foundation on maternal and child health issues and was also a Visiting Professor and member of the Board at St. Xavier’s College.  Earlier Julie served in the Cabinet of Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty as Director of the Department of Health Care Finance, where she administered the District’s $2 billion Medicaid Program. She began her health policy career working at the state level in Oklahoma, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Julie has also served at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation where as Associate Director of The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, and conducted research at George Washington University’s Center for Health Policy Research.

Julie is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Priscila Guillen

Student, University of Central Oklahoma

 

Bio

Priscila Guillen is a recent graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). She earned two Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Finance with a minors in Political Science and Banking. She has been a part of Generation Citizen (GC) as a Democracy Coach since her freshman year. She quickly fell in love with the mission and values of GC. Priscila’s passion is to educate and register young citizens to exercise their right to vote. Using the tools and resource of GC and UCO, Priscila was able to achieve her goal of registering over 1,000 people in 2020.

Priscila has had an interest in politics from a young age. During her Senior year in high school, Priscila had the opportunity to work on her first political campaign, Michael Brooks for Oklahoma State Senate. This victory lead to other state campaigns, one Federal campaign for Kendra Horn U.S. Representative for Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district, and most recently Oklahoma City School Board and Oklahoma City Council Ward 1,2,6, and 7. As a high school senior, Priscila served on the Student Board of Directors for the Oklahoma City Branch of the Federal Reserve, where she fell in love with Economics.

Priscila has lived in Oklahoma City for 20 years. Graduated top 10 from Southeast High school Class of 2017. Having been accepted into a multitude of Universities, including Harvard, Priscila chose to attend a University in her home State. She currently owns her own hair salon and a financial insurance brokerage. Priscila’s ultimate life goal is to become the first Latin-American U.S Secretary of the Treasury.

Marjorie Innocent

Director of Learning and Impact, NAACP

Bio

Dr. Marjorie Innocent serves as Director of Learning and Impact at NAACP. In this capacity, she’s responsible for internal structures and systems for capturing metrics, monitoring progress, reporting, and cross-team sharing and learning. She leads transformative, interdisciplinary research and evaluation projects in collaboration with external partners. Along with a working team, she also develops and communicates the Association’s learning impacts to a broad audience of stakeholders to promote the NAACP as a critical resource and advance equity-centered policies as standard practice.

As a health policy professional, Dr. Innocent has served as Senior Director of Health Programs at NAACP, Vice President of Research and Programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc. in Washington, DC, Evaluation Specialist in the Department of Shared Accountability at Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, MD, Research Associate at the Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance Inc. in Baltimore, MD, and Director of the Maryland School-Based Health Center Initiative at the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families in Baltimore.

Dr. Innocent earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French Literature from Columbia College in New York, NY. She has published numerous articles and writings covering various health and education-related topics. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, she is fluent in French and Haitian Creole and has working knowledge of Spanish.

Ishrat Jahan

Student, New York University

Bio

Ishrat Jahan is a student at New York University studying Social Cultural Analysis, specifically an intersection between Metropolitan and American studies. She has been a part of the Generation Citizen community since her junior year of high school, having the opportunity to go from being a student in the GC classroom to a Community Change Fellow, a Student Leadership Board Member, and now, a 50×2026 Advisory Council member.

Growing up in vibrant, diverse neighborhoods in Brooklyn tainted by social, political, and economic problems, Ishrat had the chance to understand what it means to be civically engaged from a young age. Since then, adding to her experiences with GC, she has been striving for excellence in both school and extracurricular life. At NYU, she is involved with the Presidential Honors Scholar program, the BIPOC Legal Society, Student Government Assembly, NYU BeTogether, and NYU Votes. Outside of school, she has been an intern for the NYC Mayor’s Office, Brooklyn Community Services, and the Manhattan Borough President’s Office; a fellow for the Goddard Riverside Community Center and YVote/NextGen Politics; and a youth board member for Scholarship PLUS, Let’s Get Ready, and the Youth Justice Board at the Center for Court Innovation.

Ishrat calls Bed-Stuy and East New York, Brooklyn, home and enjoys trying cuisine from all over the world, spending time with loved ones, and exploring New York City. While her future career is yet to be determined, she knows that whatever path she chooses, it should ultimately be to impact and empower communities, just like the ones she’s a part of now.

Jane Lo

Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education, Florida State University

 

Bio

Jane C. Lo is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on civic education broadly. Specifically, she is interested in the political engagement of youth, how social studies curriculum and instruction influence them, as well as the impact of inequitable civic experiences on our polity. She teaches courses in social studies methods and is passionate about expanding more equitable civic education for students of all ages.

Before becoming a teacher educator, Dr. Lo was a high school government and economics teacher in Austin, TX. Her works can be found in Theory & Research in Social Education, Teachers College Record, and Democracy & Education. Her most recent book “Making Classroom Discussions Work: Methods for Quality Dialogue in the Social Studies” can be found at Teachers College Press.

Fallon Manyika

Student, Middlesex Community College

 

 
Bio

Fallon is a sophomore student at Middlesex Community College studying political science.

Her involvement with Generation Citizen started as a sophomore in high school and included numerous roles such as community change fellow, student leadership, and lobbying for the civics education bill in Massachusetts.

She aspires to work with nonprofits and start her own someday. Some of her favorite things to do on her free time are to read a good book and go kayaking.

Jake Mazeitis

J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

 

Bio

Jake Mazeitis is currently a member of Yale Law School’s J.D. Class of 2023.

Before attending Yale Law, Jake worked broadly across the education and advocacy sectors, serving as a Fellow with the American Constitution Society from 2019-2020 and spent time at organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, the Inclusion Playbook, and Teach for America.

Prior to serving on GC’s National Board, Jake volunteered as a Democracy Coach at Northwest Classen Academy and Southeast High School in Oklahoma City and worked as the Office Administrator for GC’s Oklahoma office.

Jake graduated from the University of Oklahoma, summa cum laude, with degrees in International Studies, Letters, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Joe McGeehin

Core Management, Bridgewater Associates

 

Bio

Joe McGeehin leads strategic initiatives at Bridgewater Associates, a global investment management firm.

Prior to Bridgewater, Joe was appointed by the Obama Administration as a White House Fellow, serving from 2016 to 2017 in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the White House Office of American Innovation. Previously, he worked at Morgan Stanley as Chief of Staff to the Chairman and CEO after joining the firm’s mergers and acquisitions department following graduate school.

Joe received an AB in History with honors from Harvard College and a JD/MBA with distinction from New York University. He is admitted to the New York and Massachusetts bars, a CFA charterholder, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves as an independent director of Husco, a manufacturer of high-performance components for automotive and off-highway applications.

Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar, Ph.D, Ed.D

Chief of Staff to President Brian W. Casey, Colgate University

 

Bio

Hanna is Chief of Staff to President Brian W. Casey and Secretary to the Board of Trustees at Colgate University. She is also faculty co-chair of the Institute for Management & Leadership in Education at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

From 2013 to 2018, she had numerous senior administrative roles at Dominican University of California. Previously, she was Assistant to President at Brown University, working closely with President Ruth Simmons and serving on her Cabinet. She was a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, and a researcher at Harvard Graduate School of Education and the National Bureau of Economic Research. She served as President of the Brown Alumni Association from 2005 to 2007 and on Brown’s Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2009.

Dr. Rodriguez-Farrar is a graduate of Brown University where she also earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. Additionally, she earned an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

Lizzette Reynolds

Vice President of Policy, ExcelinEd

 

Bio
Lizzette serves as Vice President of Policy for ExcelinEd, bringing almost three decades of policy and legislative experience at both the state and federal level to the organization. In her home state of Texas, Lizzette served as deputy legislative director for then-Gov. George W. Bush and most recently as Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Education Agency. Under Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Lizzette served as Special Assistant in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs, where she guided the reauthorizations of IDEA and Head Start. She also served as the Secretary’s Regional Representative under Secretary Margaret Spellings. Her career reflects deep experience in education policy development and implementation as well as the “how-to” of legislative work needed to advance education reforms. Among her numerous appointments, Lizzette currently sits on the board of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, the Austin advisory board of IDEA Public Schools and the advisory board of UTeach. She received her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University.

Savannah Slayton

Student, The University of Oklahoma

Bio

Matthew Segneri

Director of Social Enterprise, Harvard Business School

 

Bio
Matt Segneri is the Director of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI). SEI‘s mission is to educate, support, and inspire leaders across all sectors to tackle society’s toughest challenges and make a difference in the world. Matt oversees the Initiative’s strategy and operations, including MBA and executive education programming, alumni and practitioner engagement, and social enterprise faculty research and curriculum support.

Prior to joining HBS, Matt served as a senior leader on the Government Innovation team at Bloomberg Philanthropies, where he led initiatives to promote public sector innovation and spread ideas among cities. He co-led the inaugural Mayors Challenge, a $9 million prize competition to inspire American cities to develop bold solutions to common challenges that expanded to Europe in 2013. He also developed and oversaw initiatives on cross-sector collaboration, evidence-based government, and innovation teams in governments around the world.

Previously, Matt served as a senior advisor to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. He joined the Mayor’s Office as an HBS Leadership Fellow and focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, service and civic engagement, and safety and security. He also worked in the Special Advisor Program at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and led projects at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte) and Bennett Midland for clients across the private, public, and social sectors.

Matt holds an A.B. with honors in Psychology from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He led large service / social enterprise organizations at both schools. He serves on the board of directors of Generation Citizen and is a Truman Security Fellow and a Fuse Corps Advisor. He lives in Boston with his wife and two children.

Mary Vascellaro

Community Volunteer in Education and the Arts

 

Bio

Mary Vascellaro, a 1974 graduate of Brown University and 1976 graduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has an extensive background in retail buying and management, working for organizations such as Filenes and Lord and Taylor.  She also has extensive non-profit Board experience, serving as a member of the Bay Area Advisory Board of Teach for America, a member and past chair of the Pembroke Associates Council at Brown University, a member of the Women’s Leadership Council, a presidential advisory group at Brown, an Advisory Board Member of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University, and various other pursuits.

Scott Warren

Visiting Fellow, SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University

 

Bio

Scott is a Visiting Fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, a new institute focused on strengthening global democracy through powerful civic engagement, and informed, inclusive dialogue. Through this role, Scott is teaching an undergraduate class on Social Entrepreneurship, Policy, and Systems change, organizing a global network of youth activists and scholars focused on the topic, starting a Democracy Cities initiative to explore the role of municipalities in promoting civic engagement, and helping the university to emphasize its own role as a beacon of civic engagement and democracy.

Prior to the SNF Agora Institute, Scott co-founded Generation Citizen, and served as the organization’s CEO for more than eleven years. Scott co-founded the organization at Brown University with fellow student Anna Ninan during their senior year, working with students in the local Providence community. From that starting point in 2008, Scott has grown Generation Citizen to become one of the preeminent civics education organizations in the country, promoting Action Civics across diverse geographies through best-in-class programming and concrete policy change.  Scott has also served as a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Brown University and Tufts University, and published a book in 2019, Generation Citizen: The Power of Youth in Politics. Scott was named an Echoing Green Fellow in 2010, and a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow in 2012.  He continues to write on subjects ranging youth political engagement to African politics to sports, and has been published and featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Education Week, the New York Daily News, Huffington Post, San Diego Union Tribune, Sports Illustrated, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Providence Journal.

ED Cohen

Member Emeritus

 

Bio
Ed currently manages Carlin Ventures, Inc. in New York City and is a founder of the Echoing Green Foundation, New Leaders, and the Four Times Foundation. He initiated and funded Dartmouth Medical School’s efforts to promote the effective functioning of the medical school in Pristina, Kosova. He served as President and Chairman of the Manhattan Theatre Club, Co-Chairman of The McDowell Colony, and Chairman of City Year. He currently serves on the board of New Profit in Boston.

Ed served as President and CEO of the New York State Urban Development Corporation from 1975 to 1977. He became a partner in McKinsey & Company in 1977, and in 1980 he was recruited to start the organization that became General Atlantic Partners. He was Managing Partner from 1980 to 1992 and Chairman from 1992 to 1995. Prior, he was an associate at Davis Polk in New York for two years and became General Counsel at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette at the age of 26. Ed received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1964 and his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1967