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Sanda Balaban

Executive Director ('18-Present)

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Ryan Adell

Founder & Executive Director ('16-'18)

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Ryan Adell

Founder & Executive Director ('16-'18)

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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

A diverse group of leaders who are pushing boundaries through persistence and innovation 

Photo of Thanasi Dilos Thanasi Dilos National Officer

Thanasi Dilos was born in New York City. The son of a Cypriot refugee and Greek lawyer, he has been involved in politics since a very young age. In his freshman year of high school, he started working at The Scoop, where his articles amassed over 500,000 views….

Photo of Gracie Doyle Gracie Doyle National Officer

Gracie Ayres-Doyle is a senior at Wood River High School in Hailey, Idaho. She began working with NGP last year as the Idaho state director and has loved seeing such passion for civic engagement among youth because of the organization….

Photo of Avalon Fenster Avalon Fenster National Officer

Avalon Zborovsky Fenster is a 16 year old first-generation Jewish American and a junior at the Stony Brook School in Long Island, NY.  Beyond  NGP, she is the Co-Founder and Lead Organizer of March For Our Lives Long Island and the New York State Liaison to March For Our Lives where she is a strong advocate for violence prevention, gun reform, and moral justice in our national and community leaders….

Photo of Katelyn Goodpaster Katelyn Goodpaster National Officer

Katelyn Goodpater is a  senior at New Castle High School in New Castle, Indiana. She started her own business teaching art classes at a young age, as well as being a volunteer assistant teacher for her local art center’s youth programs….

Photo of Mateo Portelli Mateo Portelli National Officer

Mateo Portelli was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to a mother of Salvadoran descent and a father of Greco-Italian descent. Despite his immigrant origins, he’s often referred to as the “Constitution Kid” by his peers. Whether this is due to his almost constant being in possession of a pocket Constitution and Declaration of Independence, or the sheer passion with which he discusses the founding of the American Revolution, Mateo is an American at heart and mind….

Photo of Nick Sawicki Nick Sawicki National Officer

Nick Sawicki is currently a Senior at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, PA. He has served as the editor-in-chief of NGP Blog for the past three years and enjoys posting articles that further Generation Z’s voice. Outside of politics, he spends a lot of time leading Shady Side’s Science Olympiad team as a captain and competes at invitationals across the nation….

Photo of Sachi Madan Sachi Madan National Officer

Sachi Madan is a high school senior living in Seattle. She has lived in five countries, and often finds that the unique experience with each culture has sparked her interest in politics. High school has brought her many opportunities to pursue her interest in politics and leadership: She is an active participant on the debate team, an intern with WA State Senator Manka Dhingra, the founder of a mental health campaign across her school district, a Link Crew leader, a participant of DECA, an architect of the Walkout against Gun Violence at her school, and a leader of the Students Organised Against Racism in her school district….

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