We are millennials, activists, and campaign veterans looking to turn the political process upside down. We created a new model of engagement that disrupts the political process, empowers young people to take control of the narrative, and change the direction of our local communities. We are a network of students conducting original student opinions research on our campuses, advocating for innovative local Youth Platforms, engaging with thousands of student voters and working with local progressive candidates across New York.

We are the next generation of politicians, teachers, doctors, and engineers. Our vote can determine the future of our country. To do this, we need to organize a bottom-up youth-driven movement. We need to be Generation Vote.

Our Staff:

Brianna Cea



Brianna Cea is a Co-founder and the CEO of Generation Vote. She created the GenVote Model of Engagement during her freshman year at Binghamton University, where she founded GenVote’s predecessor, Bing for Broome. A skilled organizer and strategist, Brianna is passionate about empowering young people in the political process.

Brianna recently graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton University in May 2018. While on campus, she was a Newman Civic Fellow, served as the Regional Coordinator for the Roosevelt Institute Lower Northeast Region, founded Roosevelt Institute at Binghamton University and the Broome County Student Board of Advisors, and interned with the New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery and Tennant Protection Unit. Outside of Generation Vote, Brianna is a researcher at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law. When she isn’t fighting for our democracy, Brianna enjoys playing her ukulele, curling up to a good book and is a self-proclaimed amateur foodie.

Garrett Shor



Garrett Shor is a Co-founder and the COO of Generation Vote. He got his start in political advocacy as a freshman in 2015 on Conrad Taylor's campaign for Binghamton City Council. He later served as Field Director for GenVote's predecessor, Bing for Broome, consulted on races for state and local offices, and interned in Senator Charles Schumer's Office. Before co-founding GenVote, he lead the development of the Binghamton Blueprint, the first crowdsourced local policy agenda in the Roosevelt Network, and was published in their national 10 Ideas 2017 Journal. Later, as a Summer Fellow at Roosevelt, he worked on a campaign to reform New York State's criminal discovery laws. He graduated from SUNY Binghamton in May of 2018.

During the 2018 Midterm Elections, Garrett was an Outreach Fellow for Democracy Works, where he helped coordinate with elections officials across the country to build a database which allowed millions of Americans to look up their voting place. Now, he works during the day as a Policy and Communications Associate at JobsFirstNYC, a nonprofit which aims to reduce the number of out of school, out of work young adults in New York City. When he isn't working on GenVote, he's probably playing guitar somewhere or wandering around New York City.

Scott Benson



Scott Benson is the Chief Technology Office of Generation Vote. Scott is a software developer with a strong background in design. He is the co-founder and CEO of education startup Study Clash and additionally works a freelance web developer. Scott has worked as a web developer/designer for two design agencies, Langton Creative and Idea Kraft, as well as a software developer for healthcare technology company Cipherhealth.

He graduated from Binghamton University in May 2018, majoring in Political Science. Gen Vote allows him to combine his technical skills with his interest in politics. When he’s not working, he enjoys soccer, staying active, and volunteering at animal shelters.

Our National Advisory Board:

Conrad Taylor

Conrad Taylor is a City of Binghamton Councilman and recent graduate of Binghamton University. He won his City Council seat at the age of 19 as a sophomore in college, and looks forwarding to bringing his passion for youth engagement to the Generation Vote Advisory Board. Conrad is also the Production Director for the LUMA Projection Arts Festival, the country's largest festival to focus on projection mapping.

Bushra Amiwala

Bushra Amiwala is a Chicago native, activist, DePaul University Sophomore and former candidate for the Cook County Board of Commissioners. At the age of 19 she announced her candidacy for the Cook County Board of Commissioners to serve as a voice for her underrepresented generation and other marginalized communities. Her campaign has been covered nationally by TIME magazine, Teen Vogue, Scholastic Magazine and Seventeen magazine to name a few. Bushra's passion for various issues and organizations lead her to decide to run for office and her campaign resulted in historical voter turnout, making her a strong second with 13,500 votes.

She was the youngest person and first Muslim woman to ever run for this seat and was recently named Glamour Magazine’s College Woman of the Year for 2018, and is HWPL's, an organization under the United Nations, Public Peace Ambassador. Bushra is an undergraduate junior at DePaul University, majoring in Marketing and Finance with a double minor in Community Service Studies and Public Policy Studies, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Indo-American Democratic Organization. She hopes to one day be the CEO of her non-profit organization, and is currently the Marketing and Sales director for three different start up companies. Recently, Bushra officially announced her candidacy for District 73.5 School Board!

Ramon Contreras

Ramon Contreras is the Founder of Youth Over Guns, a student-led group that advocates for inclusive gun reform that protects people of color. On June 2, Contreras and other activists carried a symbolic casket across the Brooklyn Bridge to bring awareness to gun violence in communities of color. Contreras continued his efforts throughout the summer and joined the March For Our Lives activists on their nationwide bus tour, registering thousands of young people to vote. He later became the organization's National Field Strategist for the 2018 midterm elections. Along with his activism, Ramon has served under NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, The New York State Democratic Party, and Mercury Public Affairs.

Cory Ott

Cory Ott is currently a master’s candidate at The Institute of World Politics for a degree in Statecraft and National Security Affairs. Cory was Generation Vote’s first Program Manager and developed our first training modules. Under Cory’s leadership, our first two prototype GenVote teams hit the ground running at Binghamton University and the University of Albany. He is from New Jersey and his background is in psychology, program management, and philanthropic activities.