About Us

Next Gen was founded as a youth-led organization in the Summer of 2016.  Its founders built a network of chapters across the country and around the globe.  Next Gen utilized its blog as a forum for members to share political news, held town halls with elected government officials, hosted debates and roundtable discussions and interviewed civic leaders.  Next Gen’s leaders persevered and succeeded in launching and establishing a powerful movement despite limited financial resources.

In 2017, a group of civically-minded adults founded Civics Unplugged, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Aimed at high school students, Civics Unplugged provided a forum for non-partisan political conversation.  A place where high school students could speak openly while gathering the tools and confidence to allow them to make informed political decisions.  Civics Unplugged sought to bring together a diverse and dynamic group of high school students from a broad socioeconomic and racial spectrum, drawing from a range of private, public and charter schools.

With similar missions and a shared direction, Next Gen and Civics Unplugged merged into a single entity, Next Generation Politics.  Its mission remains the same.  To provide information and tools to our nation’s youth so that they can fulfill their obligations as citizens in our society while doing so as an empowered, politically informed and socially aware generation.



Jeffrey Silverman

Co-Founder & Chairman

Sanda Balaban

Program Director

NGP Board of Directors

Ryan Adell

Co-Founder & Board Member

Akinwale Adebayo

Board Member

Lowell Aptman

Board Member

Rebecca Gamzon

Board Member

Jon Reinish

Board Member

Adam Zurofsky

Board Member

National Student Board

Thanasi Dilos

Director of Technology

New York, NY

Gracie Doyle

Director of New Chapter Outreach

Hailey, ID

Avalon Fenster

Director of Equity and Inclusion

Stony Brook, NY

Katelyn Goodpaster

Director of Social Media

New Castle, IN

Sachi Madan

Director of Partnerships

Seattle, WA

Mateo Portelli

Director of Publications

Las Vegas, NV

Nick Sawicki

Director of NGP Blog

Pittsburgh, PA