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Photo of Ryan Adell Ryan Adell Founder & International Director

Ryan Adell is the Founder and International Director of Next Generation Politics. Understanding that many of his peers felt distanced from the governmental and political process, Ryan founded NGP to promote civic engagement and bipartisanship among young people. Since its outset in 2016,, Ryan has grown the Next Generation Politics movement into a network of students, elected officials, educators and activists from across the United States and beyond.…

Photo of Ryan Arranz Ryan Arranz Director of Outreach & Expansion

Ryan Arranz is a senior at North Babylon High School. As Director of Outreach and Expansion, he works to grow the influence of Next Generation Politics through new events and innovation of management and partnerships. Ryan hopes to continue expanding Next Generation Politics by widening its breadth and collaborating with local organizations and elected officials.

Photo of Avalon Fenster Avalon Fenster Director of Diversity

Avalon Zborovsky-Fenster is a sophomore at the Stony Brook School on Long Island, New York and the Director of Diversity for Next Generation Politics. Avalon interns for NY Congressman Tom Suozzi and the Suffolk County Democrats, and she volunteers with the Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Photo of Joseph MacKenna Joseph MacKenna Director of Civic Engagement

Joseph MacKenna is a 17 year old senior at Kings Park High School. Hailing from Long Island, New York, Joseph is currently the Director of Civic Engagement of Next Generation Politics. Joseph is actively involved within his school and community through the Site-Based Committee, Student Council, Mock Trial , and Model United Nations.

Photo of Noah Rothstein Noah Rothstein Director of Event Coordination

Noah Rothstein is a passionate student at North Babylon High School in the realm of government politics and his desire to eliminate political apathy among Generation Z. He plans to oversee and organize successful events that allow our members a chance to learn about government and the political process.…

Photo of Nick Sawicki Nick Sawicki Editor-in-Chief, NGP Blog

Nick Sawicki is a junior at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Editor-in-Chief of the Next Generation Politics Blog. Nick is an avid writer and journalist, and he is editor-in-chief of the Next Generation Politics Blog. Additionally, Nick is editor-in-chief of his school’s newspaper and captain of his school’s Science Olympiad team.…

Photo of Chase Schare Chase Schare Communications Director

Chase Schare, a senior at Commack High School, is the Communications Director of Next Generation Politics. In his position, Chase is responsible for reaching out to elected officials, scholars, and activists to speak at NGP events. Aside from his passion for politics, Chase is a junior volunteer at Huntington Hospital, and a member of the Hebrew Culture Club at his school.

Photo of Shreeya Aranake Shreeya Aranake California State Director

Shreeya Aranake is a junior at Milpitas High School in Milpitas, California. She is a member of TEDxMilpitasHigh and the varsity tennis team at her high school. Shreeya is also a contributor to the NGP Blog, and she hopes to explore the field of economics in her future writing career.

Photo of Bennett Brown Bennett Brown Mississippi State Director

Bennett Brown is a senior year at Oxford High School in Oxford, Mississippi.  Bennett, among other clubs, is actively involved in his school’s Feminism Club and Chess Club. He has volunteered at a veterinary animal hospital and several camps, and he enjoys table tennis in his spare time.…

Photo of Gracie Doyle Gracie Doyle Idaho State Director

Gracie Doyle is a junior at Wood River High School in Hailey, Idaho. She participates in varsity tennis, varsity debate, Model U.N., Key club, environmental club, Business Professionals of America and National Honor Society. Gracie aspires to empower young people in her school and community to develop political opinions and strong voices through NGP.

Photo of Kate Goodpaster Kate Goodpaster Indiana State Director

Katelyn Goodpaster is a junior at New Castle High School in New Castle, Indiana. In addition to Katelyn’s work with NGP, she is the vice president of her school’s speech and debate team, a member of the equality club, and a volunteer art teacher.…

Photo of Matthew Matisz Matthew Matisz Pennsylvania State Director

Matt Matisz is a junior at Vincentian Academy in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a member of his school’s Mock Trial Team and Student Government. Matt is passionate about youth activism in the political process and campaigning, and he is looking forward to collaborating with chapter leaders from across his state of Pennsylvania.

Photo of Damla Ozbay Damla Ozbay Turkey Director

Damla is a senior at Eyüboğlu High School in Istanbul, Turkey. As an avid Model United Nations member, Damla hopes to use NGP as a platform to bring together global perspectives as well as unify varying perspectives present in her own country.…

Photo of Annabelle Pukas Annabelle Pukas Montana State Director

Annabelle Pukas is a junior and full IB candidate at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana. As an active member of her community, Annabelle is aware of the rapidly changing political paradigm, and she hopes to ensure Generation Z has a powerful voice as critical decisions are made in government.

Photo of Bhavana Ravala Bhavana Ravala Illinois State Director

Bhavana Ravala is currently a senior at Normal Community High school in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Outside of NGP, Bhavana promotes civic engagement through Vote16 Illinois and Bridge the Divide. She is also active in speech and debate, ultimately in preparation for a career in law or government.…

Photo of Cate Schick Cate Schick New York State Director

Cate Schick is a senior at Garden City High School in Garden City, NY. She is an active member within her school community, serving on the Class of 2018 student council and as president of Tri-M Music Honor Society. In her spare time, Cate runs her own business as an academic and music tutor, plays on the varsity soccer team, and volunteers at her local Roman Catholic Church.

Photo of Tanya Singh Tanya Singh India Director

Tanya Singh is a high school senior from India.  Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Literary Orphans, Dear Damsels, among other publications. She serves as a Blog Editor for Moledro Magazine, and a First Reader for Polyphony H.S.

Photo of Christian Villarreal Christian Villarreal Texas State Director

Christian A. Villarreal is a junior at Harlingen High School South in Harlingen, Texas. He enjoys to compete in policy debate, extemporaneous speaking, and the Scholastic Pistol and Firearm Program. Christian also volunteers at local churches and community centers and takes party in several community volunteer events, such as the Texas State Youth summit.

Photo of Chloe Wallen Chloe Wallen Missouri State Director

Chloe Wallen is a senior at Staley High School in Kansas City, Missouri. As an active member of Speech and Debate, Chloe is enthusiastic about battling political apathy and  promoting bipartisanship among Generation Z.

Photo of Leticia Wood Leticia Wood New Jersey State Director

Leticia Wood is a senior at the Academies @ Englewood in Englewood, New Jersey. She is the Vice President of her school’s chapter of the Junior State of America, a club dedicated to promoting youth involvement in civics and politics, and she is president of her school’s Interact Club. …

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