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.

Kunal Modi, Chair

Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

 

Bio

Kunal Modi is an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company in San Francisco, advising organizations across sectors on strategic issues. Recently, Kunal worked through a secondment for the Obama Foundation as an advisor on program development.

Previously, Kunal worked at the national office of Teach For America and served as an AmeriCorps national service member with LIFT, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income Americans break the cycle of poverty. Kunal has been a vocal advocate for gender equity in the workplace. He wrote a chapter in Sheryl Sandberg’s latest book, Lean In for Graduates, called “Man Up and Lean In,” that offers observations on gender dynamics at work and what to do about them as a man.

Kunal holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, MPP from Harvard Kennedy School, and B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University.

David Flink

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Eye to Eye

 

Bio

David Flink is a social movement leader on the front lines of the emergent learning rights movement. He imagines a world where one day all learners will be recognized and all people will be free to succeed. Diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age, David struggled through much of his pre-college education, feeling hopeless and left out of education as a whole. Although his parents and teachers frequently told him he would be able to go to college, he would have found that message more believable if it had come from a person with a learning difference (LD) who had finished college. With that in mind, David founded Eye to Eye in 1998 while a student at Brown University. The only national mentoring movement run for and by people with LD / ADHD, Eye to Eye empowers young people with LD by giving them a mentor in school who shares that experience. It also sends them as Diplomats across the country to share their LD / ADHD stories and strategies for success and supports them as alumni as they make the transition from college to the workplace and beyond.

In addition to being Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Eye to Eye, David sits on four national nonprofit boards: Hunt Alternatives, Generation Citizen, Dyslexic Advantage, and CAST. David was awarded a Prime Movers Fellowship sponsored by the Hunt Alternatives Fund and was elected to the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship. He was honored to receive the GQ Gentleman’s Fund Leader Award. In addition, he is an IF Hummingbird Foundation Visionary and an Advisor for The A2A Alliance and Story Shares. David holds a master’s degree in disability studies in education from Columbia University and bachelor’s degrees with honors in education and psychology from Brown University.

 

Priscila Guillen

Student, University of Central Oklahoma

 

Bio

Priscila Guillen Is a Junior at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). She is double majoring in Economics and Finance with a minor in Political Science. 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. As the current Miss UCO Latina, Priscila uses her platform to educate and register young citizens to exercise their right to vote. Using the tools and resource of GC and UCO, she is confident she can achieve her goal of registering over 1,000 people.

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 17 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 female U.S Secretary of the Treasury.

Julie Hudman

Principal, The Julie Hudman Group

 

Bio

Dr. Julie Hudman is a health care executive who focuses on creating and supporting healthy, equitable and civic-minded communities. With three decades of local, state, international, non-profit and academic experience, Julie is a strategic and creative problem-solver, a team builder and an empathetic and accessible communicator. 

Julie has traveled many roads, and most lead to her passion of improving health and social inequalities in society. She recently was the CEO of the Saban Community Clinic, a federally qualified health center that provides comprehensive primary and preventive health and social services to underserved and low-income patients in Los Angeles. Julie is also founder and principal of The Julie Hudman Group, a strategic advisory practice that works with technology companies, service providers and non-profits to improve health and social policy outcomes. She earlier was appointed by Mayor Adrian Fenty as the Director of Washington, DC’s Department of Health Care Finance to administer the District’s $2 billion Medicaid Program. She began her extensive health policy career working at the state level in Oklahoma, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Julie has also been with the the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation where she was 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 University’s School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

Director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

 

Bio
Kei is the Director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, part of Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. Kei directs CIRCLE’s mission and strategies by working with various stakeholders and overseeing CIRCLE’s key research and dissemination efforts. Kei was a key author of CIRCLE reports such as Taking the Lead: How Educators Can Help Close the Gender Leadership Gap (with NEA and AAUW), All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement (with Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge), Pathways into Leadership: A Study of YouthBuild Graduates (with YouthBuild USA), and Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds (with NCOC), and has published in various peer-reviewed journals and books.

Kei applies her expertise in positive youth development and community psychology to youth civic and political development, and how young people of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences interact with the community and cultural contexts as they learn to participate in civic life. Kei is especially interested in providing people, organizations and communities with research that would help increase civic and political engagement opportunities for diverse and marginalized youth. Kei earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Family and Children from Loyola University Chicago.

Louise Langheier

CEO, Peer Health Exchange

 

Bio
Louise serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of Peer Health Exchange (PHE), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. They do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. Since 2003, PHE has trained 5,000 college student volunteers to reach 57,000 high school students across five cities, seeing strong initial results. Today, PHE is working to deepen impact on every teen it serves, evaluate its effect more robustly, and develop and test additional methods for impact.

Louise graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History while co-founding Community Health Educators, the student volunteer program out of which PHE grew. She is still actively involved in Yale’s public service center, Dwight Hall, and sits on the Board of Directors of America Achieves. Louise is an Ashoka and Aspen Education fellow.

Jane Lo

Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education, Florida State University

 

Bio

Jane C. Lo is Assistant Professor of Social Science Education in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University. She is also a fellow with the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. 

Jane’s research focuses on civic education broadly. Specifically, she is interested in the political engagement of youth, social studies curriculum development, and the development of youth civic identity. Most recently, she has been examining racial disparities in civic experiences among young people. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in social studies methods, and her most recent work can be found in Theory and Research in Social Education, Democracy & Education, and Multiple Perspectives. Prior to becoming a teacher educator and educational researcher, she taught high school government, economics, and Chinese in Austin, Texas. 

Jane completed her teacher training, and received her BA in Government, from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her PhD in Education from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Jake Mazeitis

Fellow, American Constitution Society

 

Bio
Jake Mazeitis is a Fellow with the Department of Network Advancement at the American Constitution Society, where he focuses on developing and supporting the organization’s lawyer chapters across the nation.

Before joining the team at ACS, Jake worked broadly across both the education and LGBTQ advocacy sectors, spending time at organizations such as Teach for America and the Human Rights Campaign. He also founded and runs a consulting business that works with non-profit organizations to help advance the cause of LGBTQ equality across social institutions. 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 the Generation Citizen Oklahoma program.

Jake received BAs in Women’s and Gender Studies, Letters (with a focus in Constitutional Studies), and International Studies, all summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma in May 2019. In 2018, he was recognized as the university’s Outstanding Senior Man, an award given to the single most outstanding graduating senior man in a class of over 5,000.

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.

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.

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 at Colgate University. In this role, she supports faculty, administrators, and the Board of Trustees in the planning and development of strategic initiatives across campus. Reporting directly to the President, Hanna provides executive support and counsel to the President, triages legal and crisis management issues for senior leadership team and the campus community, engages constituents in a meaningful and transparent manner, assists the President in all forms of communication, and serves as liaison and resource to the Board of Trustees.

Prior to her current role, she served in numerous senior administrative positions at Dominican University of California. During her time at Dominican, she oversaw the strategic planning process, student life, athletics, information technology services, institutional research, marketing, communications, government relations, and external relations. In 2016, she developed and oversaw College Debate 2016, a national, nonpartisan, social media and technology initiative, designed to empower young voters to identify issues and engage actively in the election. Before Dominican, she served as Assistant to President at Brown University, reporting directly to President Ruth Simmons and serving on her Cabinet. Prior to Brown, she worked as a researcher at Harvard Business School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Finally, she served as President of the Brown Alumni Association from 2005 to 2007 and on Brown’s Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2009.

Hanna graduated from Brown University and later earned an A.M. and Ph.D. from Brown. She also received an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Sylvia Rousseau

Professor of Clinical Education, USC Rossier School of Education

 

Bio
Dr. Sylvia Rousseau has been a professor of clinical education and urban scholar for the USC Rossier School of Education since 2006, where she teaches in the Ed.D. program, focusing on instructional leadership, diversity, and organization in the K-1 concentration. Her research interests include reforming systems and structures to organize urban schools for learning; the relationship between culture and cognition in promoting learning for all students; deepening understandings of literacy acquisition in urban schools; secondary literacy; and exploring and developing university and K-12 partnerships.

Rousseau held the title of Superintendent of Local District 7 in LAUSD from 2001 to 2005. During her tenure as Superintendent, Rousseau led four years of consistent improvement in students’ academic performance; Prior to that appointment, Rousseau held the posts of Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Instruction and School Services, Co-Director of University-School Partnerships at UCLA, and Adjunct Professor for the Principals Institute & Teacher Education Program at UCLA. She was also appointed to the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on school reform.

From 1993 to 2000 she was the principal of Santa Monica High School, which under her leadership achieved one of the largest API gains in California. She reduced the school’s drop out rate and increased graduation and college entrance among African American and Latino students. She was lauded by teachers, students and parents for building a strong sense of community on the campus, promoting intercultural understanding and nonviolent conflict resolution, and raising academic expectations and achievement.

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.

Regan Turner

Head of Business Development, Gympass

 

Bio

Regan is the Head of Business Development at Gympass, which works to propel employee engagement, improve individual performance, and enable business success by revolutionizing corporate wellness.

Regan previously served as an active duty infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, where he achieved the rank of captain. During his seven years on active duty, Regan led infantry platoons on combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq with Second Battalion, Third Marine Regiment, and subsequently taught Marine Officers at The Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, Virginia.Regan also focused on the redevelopment of vacant and underutilized properties in the central business district of San Antonio as a commercial real estate developer in Texas before joining The Mission Continues as Executive Director, West Region. Regan is a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, and the Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star in lieu of second award. He was born in San Antonio, Texas and grew up in the town of Floresville, Texas. He now resides in Los Angeles, California where he serves as Head of Business Development for Gympass.

 He attended Texas A&M University, where he received a bachelor of science (magna cum laude) in mechanical engineering and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. While at Texas A&M, Regan served as Deputy Corps Commander and was a recipient of the Brown Foundation Outstanding Senior Engineer Award. Regan attended Harvard University, where he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School. While at Harvard, Regan was a Pat Tillman Foundation Military Scholar, and both a Dubin Leadership Fellow and a George Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership.

 

Dan Tangherlini

Chief Financial Officer, The Emerson Collective

 

Bio

 

Daniel “Dan” Tangherlini serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Emerson Collective, a private philanthropic and investment firm dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so that people can live to their fullest potential. He also serves as an advisor to a number of technology firms, as well as providing consulting and facilitation support to businesses and nonprofits.

Until September of 2017 he was the President and Founder of SeamlessDocs Federal, an emerging technology company with a focus on making government forms and data collection processes simpler. Before SeamlessDocs, Dan served as the Chief Operating Officer of Artemis Real Estate Partners. Prior to joining Artemis, Mr. Tangherlini served as Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), having been nominated to serve in the position by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate. Mr. Tangherlini also served as the Chief Financial Officer at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2009 to 2013, where he was the principal policy advisor on the development and execution of the Treasury’s budget and performance plans. During that time he concurrently served as the Assistant Secretary for Management. Prior to his role at Treasury, he managed budget development and performance management of District agencies when he served as the District of Columbia City Administrator and Deputy Mayor from 2006 to 2009. While City Administrator, he also served in the capacity of the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the DC Water and Sewer Authority (now DC Water). In 2006, he served as the Interim General Manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro). From 2000 to 2006, he served as Director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation and from 1998 to 2000 as Chief Financial Officer of the Metropolitan Police Department. From 1997 to 1998 he served in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation and from 1991 to 1997 he served in various capacities at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Mr. Tangherlini received a B.A. and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on a number of non-profit boards and lives with his wife and two daughters on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. He fixes broken things for fun.

Lexie Tesch

Student, Berkeley High School

 

Bio

Lexie Tesch is a senior at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California, where she represents the student body as ASB President. Lexie has been a part of the Generation Citizen family since the 8th grade, when she went through GC’s Action Civics program as a student. The following year, she was selected as a member of the Generation Citizen Student Leadership Board, serving two terms. Lexie is also involved in the YMCA Youth & Government program where she participates in mock legislature and court to learn more about the different ways she can be involved in our democracy for a career. Her previous experience in leadership also includes being 8th and 10th grade class president, and she served on the City of Berkeley’s Youth Commission for three years. 

Until 8th grade, Lexie didn’t believe she had a voice in our nation. It never occurred to her that she had the power to help people by standing up for what is right. In her GC class, she and her peers tackled the issue of youth homelessness in Berkeley. Lexie and her classmates met with several city leaders over the course of the semester, and spoke at a city council meeting to help pass a resolution that would fund a year round youth homeless shelter in Berkeley. The proposal successfully passed in June of 2016. This experience motivated Lexie to get more educated about politics, and to encourage her peers to participate in any way that they can, since voting is not the only way to be a part of this democracy. 

Berkeley has been Lexie’s home since she was born. Next year, Lexie plans to continue supporting her community as a college student. She plans to study political science, and ultimately attend law school. In the future, her dream is to become a member of the U.S. Congress

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, a Board Member of Curving Road, a London-based organization supporting artists in their first public endeavors, and various other pursuits.

Scott Warren

Chief Executive Officer, Generation Citizen

 

Bio
Scott is the Chief Executive Officer of Generation Citizen.  He co-founded the organization at Brown University with fellow student Anna Ninan during their senior year in 2009, and has worked the last seven years to build up GC’s programming and work to expand action civics throughout the country.

Scott’s passion for the importance of youth political engagement stems from his experience growing up abroad. After his father joined the State Department, Scott lived throughout Latin America and Africa, learning about diverse cultures and peoples. In 2002, Scott served as an observer in the first truly democratic elections in Kenya’s history, where he began to recognize the transformative potential of democracy. He also witnessed a coup in Ecuador in 2005, and met with opposition members during run-off elections in Zimbabwe in 2008.

During college he served as the Student Director of STAND, a national student anti-genocide coalition. STAND worked with over 800 high school and college chapters to advocate US action to prevent and end genocide, and create a permanent student anti-genocide constituency. Scott also helped lead successful campaigns to divest Brown University, the City of Providence, and the State of Rhode Island from companies conducting business in Sudan.

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 politic to sports, and has been published in the Christian Science Monitor, New York Daily News, Huffington Post, San Diego Union Tribune, Sports Illustrated, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Providence Journal.

In his spare time, Scott enjoys running, traveling, and religiously following his hometown teams: the San Diego Padres and Chargers.

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

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