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

CEO/Founder

bcea@genvote.org

A skilled youth organizer and voting rights advocate, Brianna Cea is passionate about empowering young people in the political process and expanding youth voting rights.

Briannais a research and program associate at the Brennan Center for Justice and CEO/Co-founder of Generation Vote, where she educates, mobilizes and connects young people to become agents of change in local electoral and advocacy campaigns through the GenVote Model of Engagement. Brianna is also the Co-Chair of the Let NY Vote Youth Voting Rights Working Group, the largest voting rights coalition in New York State and responsible for passing the first NY voter reform laws in over 100 years.

At the Brennan Center, Brianna focuses on the census and redistricting. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Atlantic, SCOTUSblog and other outlets.

Brianna is also involved with the Roosevelt Institute Alumni Network, where she serves as a Forge Fellowship Mentor, and sits on the Board for OCA-Asian Pacific Advocates NY.

Cea graduated summa cum laude with a BA in political science and philosophy, politics and law 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 Tenant Protection Unit.




Scott Benson

Scott Benson

Director of Digital Strategy

sbenson@genvote.org

Scott Benson is the Director of Digital Strategy 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.





Brendan Cushing

Brendan Cushing

Program Manager

bcushing@genvote.org

Brendan Cushing is the Program Manager of Generation Vote. Brendan is both an activist and experienced field organizer whose political activism and field organizing began in High School via contacting, organizing, and mobilizing volunteers around environmental and animal welfare related social activism. Having recently graduated from the University at Albany as a Dean's list scholar, Brendan worked in various professional settings during his time at University, including Empire State Development (New York State's economic development agency), the New York State Offices of the Inspector General, and in the New York State Assembly as a legislative staffer in Assemblyman Anthony D'Urso's office. Additionally, Brendan has worked on two State Senate campaigns and one County Legislature campaign during which he helped train and organize student volunteers.

During his last two years at University, Brendan was the Team Leader of GenVote @ Ualbany. During his time as Team Leader, Brendan successfully led his team through a student opinions research project, the development of a student policy platform, extensive voter registration projects both on campus and off, such as at the Albany County Correctional Facility, and lobbying our state legislature on behalf of passing voting reform within the state. When he is not working, Brendan enjoys gardening, reading, painting, live music, and meeting new people.





Ramya Gopalakrishnan

Ramya Gopalakrishnan

National Organizing Director

rgopalakrishnan@genvote.org

Ramya Gopalakrishnan is the National Organizing Director for Generation Vote. Ramya’s passion for organizing stems from the racial and climate injustices she sees that hit too close to home. As the NOD for Generation Vote she hopes to first, make joining the fight accessible to everyone and second, bring an end nationally to both de jure and de facto disenfranchisement. Ramya believes voting and election reforms are the stepping stones for progressive policy changes on other issues she cares about.

Ramya is a recent graduate of Binghamton University, with degrees in Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Law. While at Binghamton, Ramya was involved in the debate team, worked on a congressional campaign, and was the financial director of the first Generation Vote team. During that time, her team helped elect now Congressman Anthony Brindisi. Realizing the difficulties of getting people registered, to care about midterm elections, or merely see the reality of our political climate led her to commit to the fight to dramatically shift the “democratic process”.

When not working, Ramya loves being outdoors, cooking, and reading about birds.





Disha Singh

Disha Singh

Director of Digital Media

dsingh@genvote.org

As Director of Digital Media, Disha Singh is passionate about effecting change through the immense power of social media platforms.

Her awakening for social justice arose when she joined The Justice League in high school. As President of the school club and an intern of the Town of North Hempstead Community Services, Disha worked on various issues including bullying. In 2011, she co-founded the Annual Bullying Awareness Walk involving all school districts in the Town of North Hempstead. She was recognized and awarded for her efforts in 2013 by former Nassau County's District Attorney, currently U.S. Representative, Kathleen Rice.

Disha graduated from New York University majoring in Creativity, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship. While she explored the intersections between business, media, and policy through her education, Disha continued her passion for youth activism and social justice through college involving herself with organizations like The TEAK Fellowship and DoSomething.org.

Most recently, Disha worked as a Social Media Strategist at Socialfly, a female-founded social media and influencer agency. There she led the creation, optimization, and execution of digital marketing strategies of brands across multiple verticals (nonprofit, food & beverage, real-estate, music, apparel). Some of her notable clients include The Alliance for Eating Disorders, AIDS Walk NY & SF, The Little Beet, and HUE.





Our GenVote Action Board:

Jeff Furman

Jeff Furman


Jeff Furman served on the Ben & Jerry’s corporate board for almost 40 years, providing in-house legal counsel and fostering many of the company’s social initiatives. Jeff’s current role is Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors Emeritus, alongside being President of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. Jeff resides in Ithaca, NY and is co-founder of the Community Dispute Resolution center and Social Ventures. Currently he is an advisor to the Dorothy Cotton Institute, Alliance of Families for Justice, and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Alongside his other commitments, he is on the Board of the Oakland Institute and is involved in democracy initiatives including REJOICE THE VOTE.




Sean Morales-Doyle


Sean Morales-Doyle


Sean Morales-Doyle serves as a deputy director in the Democracy Program, where he focuses on voting rights and elections. He advocates for pro-voter reforms like automatic voter registration and voting rights restoration while fighting back against voter suppression efforts in the courts. Morales-Doyle is a seasoned litigator with experience in civil rights and constitutional matters, as well as a background in labor and employment law. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Morales-Doyle was a shareholder at Despres, Schwartz & Geoghegan, Ltd., in Chicago. He litigated all manner of civil rights and constitutional matters and represented workers and unions in a wide variety of labor and employment cases. Morales-Doyle earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Northwestern University. After law school, he served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois in the Special Litigation Bureau, where he investigated and litigated cases involving consumer fraud and false claims. He then served as a law clerk to Hon. William J. Hibbler of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.




Wisdom Cole

Wisdom Cole


Wisdom Cole is the National Organizing Manager for the NAACP Youth and College Division. In this role, he supports youth and college workshops for civil rights advocacy training institute, electoral action trainings, grassroots organizing, issues toolkits, and webinars. Mr. Cole was previously a field and state conference organizer for the Afrikan Black Coalition(ABC), the largest Black collegiate organization in California.

Mr. Cole is a Class of 2015 University of California, Santa Cruz Alumni from Oakes College. He majored in Chemistry with a minor in STEM Education. As a student organizer, Mr. Cole held multiple student positions such as a Neighborhood Assistant for Biko House at Oakes College as well as a Residential Assistant at Stevenson College in the Rosa Parks African American Themed House. In addition, Mr. Cole was very active in the Black student organizing spaces such as the African BlackStudent Alliance (A/BSA), African Student Union (ASU), and the Black Experience Team (BET). Mr. Cole is also coming from a background as a high school math and science educator.




Brianna Cea

Brianna Cea


A skilled youth organizer and voting rights advocate, Brianna Cea is passionate about empowering young people in the political process and expanding youth voting rights.

Briannais a research and program associate at the Brennan Center for Justice and CEO/Co-founder of Generation Vote, where she educates, mobilizes and connects young people to become agents of change in local electoral and advocacy campaigns through the GenVote Model of Engagement. Brianna is also the Co-Chair of the Let NY Vote Youth Voting Rights Working Group, the largest voting rights coalition in New York State and responsible for passing the first NY voter reform laws in over 100 years.

At the Brennan Center, Brianna focuses on the census and redistricting. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Atlantic, SCOTUSblog and other outlets.

Brianna is also involved with the Roosevelt Institute Alumni Network, where she serves as a Forge Fellowship Mentor, and sits on the Board for OCA-Asian Pacific Advocates NY.

Cea graduated summa cum laude with a BA in political science and philosophy, politics and law 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 Tenant Protection Unit.




Ramon Contreras

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.





Our GenVote Movement Building Team:

Shevann Steuben

Shevann Steuben currently serves as the President of the Texas NAACP Youth & College Division and has been a member of the association for 5 years. Shevann has worked on voting rights across Texas, as well as engaged in social action and civic engagement initiatives surrounding death row, youth mobilization, and community building.

Bianca Peterkin

Bianca Peterkin is a current New York City high school and Y Vote student. Bianca is interested in youth voting rights and increasing access to the ballot for young people.

Jasmine Neveles

Jasmine Neveles is a strategic marketing executive with 14 years of experience shaping cross-platform campaigns, content, and go-to-market planning for global brands and agencies. Jasmine has helped brands create impactful customer experiences with emphasis on acquisition, retention, and engagement. Jasmine leads high-performing, cross-functional teams in delivering on brand and business goals and is currently the Sr. Director of Growth Marketing at Click Therapeutics.




Wasi Ahmed

Wasi Ahmed is a recent college graduate who has a passion for democracy and combating climate change. Wasi started organizing as a GenVoter at CUNY Queens College, having co-founded the GenVote QC chapter. Wasi has organized as a fundraiser and strategist as part of a congressional campaign and a NYC city council campaign. Wasi’s expertise lies in finance, electoral and non-profit fundraising, and financial and economic policy.

Murat Akaydin

Murat Akaydin is an army intelligence veteran turned government project manager. Murat has a BBA in IT Management, MPA in Public Policy & Administration, and certifications in Project Management (PMP) IT Service Management (ITIL), and Business Analysis. Murat works to support NYC, particularly its under-served communities, which includes serving as an NYC Civic Innovation Fellow, working with local community boards and other local government agencies, and a lifetime of volunteering.

Munaja Mehzabin

Munaja Mehzabin is a senior at Academy of American Studies. Munaja is involved with Y Vote, where she is the leader of the Racial Justice action group.




Stuart Baum

Stuart Baum is a passionate advocate for youth voting rights, and is proud to continue this work with Gen Vote. Currently, Stuart is a Research & Program Associate at the Brennan Center for Justice, where he supports their litigation, research, and advocacy around voting rights. Most recently, Stuart led the successful efforts to establish an on-campus polling location and to cancel classes on election day at Wayne State University. In recognition of these efforts, Stuart was named to serve on the Michigan Secretary of State’s College Student Advisory Task Force, where he contributed to the Task Force’s recommendations on removing barriers to youth civic engagement in Michigan.

Roberto Lopez-Irizarry

Roberto Lopez-Irizarry is currently an undergraduate third-year student at New York University double majoring in Politics and Public Policy. Roberto is the founder and Team Leader of GenVote @ NYU, New York University’s only student-led group solely dedicated to fighting for voting rights. Roberto has previously worked as an Organizing Intern for the Let NY Vote Coalition, as a Communications Intern for congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, and as a Campaigns Fellow for Voto Latino. Roberto is passionate about youth voting rights and fighting voter suppression.

Hamilton Brooks

Hamilton Brooks is a youth voting rights organizer whose expertise is concentrated within the voting and reformative justice space. Hamilton has worked at organizations such as the NAACP, Democracy Initiative, and GenVote @ NYU. Hamilton has created events centered around enabling young-people to vote, most recently having helped lead the mobilization of NYU students to vote in the 2020 election.




Sanda Balaban

Sanda Balaban co-founded and currently directs two youth civic engagement ventures, Next Generation Politics and YVote, aiming to help equip the leaders of tomorrow for their roles and responsibilities as citizens shaping a more just world.

Sanda has held leadership roles in education and youth development for over 20 years, in the public sector at the New York City Department of Education, in education philanthropy at the Ford Foundation and the Goldman Sachs Foundation, and in nonprofits including Facing History and Ourselves, the Boston Private Industry Council, and The Teachers Network.

Audrey Chou

Audrey Chou is a high school junior from New York City. Audrey is passionate about electoral organizing and progressive policy, particularly housing justice and voting rights. Audrey is currently organizing with the Flushing Anti-Displacement Alliance, and focuses on mobilizing members of Generation Z with Coalition Z, and is leading a mutual aid campaign in her town.