Millennial Advisory Committee
Comprised of young leaders from across the country, the Millennial Advisory Committee lends its expertise to deepen our relationship with Millennials.
Comprised of young leaders from across the country, the Millennial Advisory Committee lends its expertise to deepen our relationship with Millennials.
Austin joined the Millennial Advisory Council as a student at Dartmouth College, where he graduated cum laude with a focus on Geography and Public Policy in June 2016. Previously, he interned at the Office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand on Capitol Hill, the Office of President William J. Clinton in Harlem, and the White House Office of Public Engagement & Intergovernmental Affairs in Washington, DC. While at Dartmouth, Austin launched D-LAB, a leadership program for first-year students. He also volunteered regularly with the Upper Valley's Habitat for Humanity branch, as well as with an outdoor leadership mentoring program for local middle school students. In 2014, Austin spent a semester studying abroad in the Czech Republic, where he researched infrastructure development and the regional geopolitical impact of Eastern Europe's post-socialist transition. Austin is currently based in DC, working as a Business Analyst for the public sector practice of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.
Erin Capone serves as the Director of Development for the Rutgers School of Social Work, overseeing the school’s major and principal gifts, alumni relations, and special events. Erin previously served as development director of The Andrew Goodman Foundation and executive director of Overcoming Obstacles, which are both nonprofit organizations dedicated to developing critical skills in today’s youth. Erin has presented nationally on this topic and made media appearances on NBC, FOX, and the Solutions Webcast hosted by Clemson University.
Erin began her career as a children’s social worker after graduating with an MSW from New York University and a BA in Social Work from Rutgers University.
Al Cooley is active in community and pro bono affairs, having previously served as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of The Waterfront Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation and other advocacy services for underprivileged residents of Hudson County, NJ. Al continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of The Waterfront Project, Inc. and is an active volunteer for the organization. In addition, Al is a member of the Seton Hall University Center for Leadership Development Alumni Council.
Al currently works as in-house bank regulatory counsel at Morgan Stanley and volunteers in the Firm's pro bono program. In 2016, Al participated in Morgan Stanley's Strategy Challenge, and was fortunate to be on the team that advised The Andrew Goodman Foundation on strategic questions facing the organization's Vote Everywhere Program. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Al was counsel at UBS Financial Services Inc. and served as Co-Chairperson of the pro bono program. He holds degrees from Seton Hall University and Seton Hall School of Law.
Chana Ginelle Ewing connects the dots between storytelling and strategy. In addition to developing content strategies, Chana has launched new products and websites, social media programs, video campaigns and audience engagement initiatives for non-profit, media, technology and b2b brand clients. An innovative storyteller, Chana ignites business strategy, marketing and new program/product development for forward-thinking companies and organizations.
Specialties: storytelling, social media, community management, live events, community building, online media, digital strategy, experience design, diversity initiatives (Women/African-Americans in business and technology), product marketing, transmedia design
Jacob Goodman grew up in New Jersey and is the eldest son of David Goodman (Andrew Goodman’s brother). Jacob attended Vassar College, where he majored in Math and Economics, and graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After college, Jacob worked in Utah on ski patrol caring for injured skiers and performing avalanche safety operations. Jacob later moved to Spokane, Washington, where he spent five years in building engineering as an energy modeler working for L&S Engineering. In this position, Jacob was responsible for all LEED building certification and state energy regulation compliance and helped over twenty new construction and renovation projects achieve energy saving goals. Recently, Jacob founded a consulting firm, JG Energy Analytics LLC, to continue his work building energy efficiency in Boulder, Colorado. While his primary area of expertise is building energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, his volunteer experience includes a rural community construction project in Nepal, small business planning assistance in Peru, flood victim assistance after the September 2013 flood in Colorado, and door-to-door voter canvassing for local Colorado ballot issues.
Nadia is the Maternal Justice Campaign Director for the national mothers and families advocacy group, MomsRising, where she heads their work on mass incarceration, police reform and maternal health issues. She is the co-founder of the Bangladeshi American Women's Development Initiative (BAWDI), a grassroots organization based out of Paterson, NJ that looks to empower, connect and organize Bangladeshi American women and girls. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Civil Liberties Union – New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) and is a Staff Blogger for EmbraceRace, an online community of discussion and practice around raising and caring for children in the context of race. She was previously Program Director at the Andrew Goodman Foundation, where she built, led and grew the Vote Everywhere program, focusing on making voting more systematically accessible for communities all around the country. She previously served on the national governing board of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). Nadia has a deep passion for connecting grassroots work to systemic change and reform and increasing the political involvement and representation of women and marginalized communities. Prior to her current work, Nadia organized inner city minority youth in California, taught photojournalism classes to refugee girls, and worked as a domestic violence advocate for South Asian women and families.
Simone Jordan has been hailed by her colleagues, and marketing professionals as a social media, and digital expert with a passion for change. With 10 years online marketing experience, she’s enjoyed a successful career working for nonprofits developing strategies to increase their online reach and digital revenue through online initiatives. Simone has been particularly successful developing and implementing multicultural campaigns, specifically targeting African-American consumers, to positively impact and increase agencies’ visibility in underserved communities.
Currently Simone works as Senior Director, Digital Strategy for the National Urban League, overseeing its social media & digital branding. Since accepting the position in May 2012, she has increased the Urban League’s social media followers by 40,000 (as of Feb. 2015). In 2014, Simone’s social media efforts & strategy helped the agency reach over 19 million impressions, an increase from the previous years’ reach of 6 million. Also to her success, during the League’s “Occupy the Vote” voter registration drive, she helped the campaign reach over 10.5 million impressions. In addition to Simone’s social media work, she oversees the development of digital assets to support the agency’s digital revenue goals, with partners like Toyota, AT&T, Ebony, Essence & Coca-Cola.
Simone’s other major marketing campaigns have included developing the Epilepsy Foundation’s “Know the Difference” campaign for Heart & Soul Magazine, raising awareness of how epilepsy impacts African-Americans (circulation 300,000); and revamping their e-communities by migrating it to a new digital platform. Her achievements in bringing patient communities to an online secure platform (11,000 members in 6 months) garnered attention from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), where she spoke on the Epilepsy Foundation’s success. Simone has participated on focus groups for the development of nonprofit tools for Facebook and Ning, and recently spoke at SMWNYC.
Anna Leonard joined the Millennial Advisory Committee after teaming up with the Andrew Goodman Foundation for the 2016 Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge. Following a highly rewarding experience working with the organization to tackle strategic questions facing AGF’s Vote Everywhere program, she sought to find more ways to use her professional skills in giving back to the non-profit community. In addition to joining the MAC, she served as a pro-bono consultant for Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, helping to develop and refine the organization’s strategic plan.
Anna began her career in management consulting before transitioning to a business strategy role within Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. She now works in strategy for the International Capital Markets Group at the Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi UFJ. Anna graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and International Affairs from Princeton University.
Zachary Ment is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Ment Capital Advisors, a boutique investment advisory firm specializing in the management of option-hedged equity portfolios for high net-worth individuals and institutions. In 2013, Zachary volunteered for The Andrew Goodman Foundation, researching potential partnerships. Since then, he has been inspired by the powerful force for good that Andrew Goodman’s legacy has become and is focused on furthering the mission of The Andrew Goodman Foundation by speaking out against unfairness and for peace and sustainability, and encouraging his Millennial peers to share their voices. Zachary believes, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: “the greatest tragedy of this period [will not be] the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” Zachary holds a Bachelor’s in Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Tyler Nickerson has nearly a decade of respected leadership on the frontier of social change by integrating expertise in philanthropy, strategic communications, and public policy. Tyler serves as the Director of Investments and State Strategy at The Solutions Project – a cultural campaigning, grantmaking, and big thinking initiative that is accelerating the transition towards 100% clean energy for all people. Previously, Tyler served as a Program Manager at the Dyer-Ives Foundation, and Founder & CEO of Motu Communications, which supported clients in strategic communications, public affairs, program design, and evaluation. He has also led a community-based organization responding to the Foreclosure Crisis, advocated state wide for stronger housing policies, consulted on more than 20 electoral campaigns, and is co-founder of City Built Brewing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His work has been featured in national media outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Forbes, Associated Press, CBS, Huffington Post, NPR, and more.
Tyler holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors from Grand Valley State University and is completing graduate studies in Public Administration at Penn State. He serves on the board of the Michigan Environmental Council, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Washington, D.C. Chapter, and Andrew Goodman Foundation's Millennial Advisory Council. Tyler rejuvenates by studying the French language, cooking with fresh ingredients from the farmers market, and traveling.
Nadia Owusu is Assistant Director of Strategic Communications and Storytelling at Living Cities, an organization that works to foster the spread of experimentation and adoption of promising approaches to move the needle for low-income people in US cities. Nadia leads Living Cities’ communications strategy, focused on ‘open sourcing social change’ and building a ‘network effect’- intentionally weaving practitioners, innovators and real-time knowledge together. She also works closely with the CEO and Chief of Staff on organizational development, strategic planning, and special projects, including spearheading a body of work around integrating a racial equity and inclusion lens across Living Cities’entire portfolio. Before joining Living Cities, Nadia served as the Program Coordinator for a micro-finance organization operating in Africa’s Great Lakes region. She has also worked and volunteered for an array of youth service organizations in New York, including Bridge Builders Community Partnership and Shakespeare for Kids. Nadia is on the Board of Directors of Truth Artists Coalition. She also serves on Safe Routes to School’s National Active Transportation Diversity Task Force, focused on promoting active transportation improvements to increase physical activity in underserved communities.
Gabriela Philo is a member of the Development team at The Municipal Art Society of New York(MAS), an organization that advocates for excellence in urban design, planning, historic preservation, and community engagement throughout all five boroughs. Prior to MAS, Gabriela worked as a Development Manager at Literacy Partners, a nonprofit providing free ESOL and High School Equivalency classes to parents. Gabriela graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in Anthropology and Global & International Studies. During her undergraduate years, she volunteered under the College's first Vote Everywhere Ambassador Program helping to establish Election@Bard. Over four years, she led volunteers to register over 400 students annually to register to vote and engage student groups to promote student voting rights in New York's Dutchess County. Gabriela is Secretary of the Alumni Board for Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program and is a vehement volunteer for NYCares.
Jonian Rafti is a recent graduate of Bard College, where he served as the the College’s first Vote Everywhere Ambassador. During his first year at Bard, Jonian founded Election@Bard. The nonpartisan voter engagement group promotes student voting rights in New York’s Dutchess County, a county with a history of student voting rights abuses. For his voting rights activism, he received the Robert Koblitz Human Rights Award in 2015.
After graduating, Jonian joined The Andrew Goodman Foundation and worked to expand and refine Vote Everywhere. Today, he sits on Bard’s Young Alumni Advisory Council and is a student at Fordham Law School, where he is a Public Interest Scholar at the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics.
Adam graduated from Tulane University in May of 2016 where he majored in finance. While at Tulane, Adam volunteered at Arise Academy (an elementary/middle charter school) and with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, an organization that helps to restore and rebuild homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Adam also wrote for Tulane’s school newspaper, the Tulane Hullaballoo during his time in New Orleans.
Adam has previously worked with Burkenroad Reports in New Orleans as an Equity Research Analyst and as a Research and Analytics Intern with the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation. Adam also worked with Cory Booker’s 2013 Senate Campaign as a Campaign Finance Intern.
Adam currently works for Sentinel Real Estate where he is a Valuation Analyst. He is also enrolled in NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate where he is pursuing his Masters in Real Estate Finance.