October 25, 1996
CLINTON/GORE ‘96 ANNOUNCES NATIONAL YOUTH STEERING COMMITTEE AND 23 STATE YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEES
Washington, D.C. -- The Clinton/Gore ‘96 campaign today announced formation of the Clinton/Gore ‘96 "National Youth Steering Committee" and 23 "State Youth Advisory Committees." These national, regional, and local young leaders are elected officials, professionals, entrepreneurs, community activists, students, and celebrities who are working to communicate the President’s accomplishments and to rally young people around the Clinton/Gore ticket.
Cynthia Hamner-Portugal, a student at the University of California at Davis and a Youth Advisory Committee member said, "President Clinton has consistently fought for the issues which concern young people most. In the past four years, he has reformed federal student loan programs, created AmeriCorps, put 100,000 cops on the street, and promoted future security with strong economic policies. He also signed the Family and Medical Leave Act into law, making it easier for young, working families to deal with the demands of work and of raising children.
"The President’s vision of the future makes America’s youth a top priority," added Sarah Lichtman, Director of Youth Outreach for Clinton/Gore ‘96. "President Clinton’s measured and thoughtful efforts to improve the lives, the future, and the communities of young people have yielded an unparalleled record of accomplishment," she said.
In welcoming the efforts of the National Youth Steering Committee and the State Youth Advisory Committees, Clinton/Gore ‘96 Deputy Campaign Manager Alan Wheat said, "Young people are crucial to this election. The Committee’s broad appeal reflects the breadth and depth of support for President Clinton’s positions from all types of young people from students to community activists to young entrepreneurs."
Attached is a list of Youth Committee members.
# # # Youth For Clinton/Gore ‘96 National Steering Committee
*The following are individual endorsements and do not reflect endorsements from any affiliated organization.
The Honorary Members include:
Cleo Fields - Chair of the National Youth Steering Committee- Cleo Fields, who is a Representative, was elected to his second term in the United States Congress to serve the 4th district of Louisiana in 1994. He has long been an advocate for youth issues and getting out the youth vote. He is currently volunteering as a Senior Advisor to Clinton/Gore ‘96 with a strong focus on youth issues. He is the Democratic National Committee’s National Coordinator for Young American Voters.
Shari Barsky - Sheri is executive director of Electing a Democratic Generation (EDGE). She has been working to expand youth participation for many years, encouraging young candidates and helping them to succeed.
Xavier Becerra - Xavier Becerra, who is a Representative, was first elected to represent California’s 30th Congressional District in November ‘92. He serves on the Economic and Educational Opportunities Committee. During ‘93 and ‘94 he played a key role in shaping the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. He also helped enact Goals 2000 -education reform legislation.
Melissa Bradley - Melissa is the Founder and Executive Director of The Entrepreneurial Development Institute, a national non profit organization whose mission is to empower disadvantaged youth to develop small businesses, avoid drugs and crime, sharpen academic skills, and form positive attitudes about themselves and their communities. As the recipient of numerous awards, Melissa has been honored at the White House as one of "Tomorrow’s Leaders Today."
Marty Castro - Marty is a Chicago partner of Baker and McKenzie, the world’s largest law firm. He is the Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, for the Midwest region and is the Founding member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.
Alex Chisolm - Alex is a 21 year-old Philadelphia native and a senior at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. He is the 1996-1997 Student Government President and Senior Class President. In addition Alex is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
Aneesh Chopra - Aneesh has worked extensively within the Democratic Party and Indian-American community groups. In the fall of ‘95 he organized the youth session at the National Convention of the Indian American Forum for Political Education. He is currently a second-year graduate student at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Jamie Daves - Jamie is currently the National Field Coordinator for the Democratic Leadership Council(DLC). At the DLC he is helping to build a new generation of democratic leaders around a new governing philosophy. He has served as the National Student Coordinator for the Clinton/Gore campaign in ‘92, the National Youth Constituency Director for the Democratic National Committee, and planning staff for the Partners for Progress Initiative.
Matt Gobush - Matt has been a youth activist and is currently the Executive Director of the Saxophone Club, a fundraising arm of the Democratic National Committee, focused on young professionals.
Melissa Holloway -Melissa Holloway, who is a Councilwoman, is the second African American woman and youngest person to serve ward F of Jersey City. A life long resident and member of the ward F community, she strives to bring African American concerns to the table and bring a divided community together. She is the Vice-Chair of the National Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) and also the Northeast Regional Director of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO).
Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. - Jesse Jackson, who is a Representative, was elected to serve in the United States House in a special General Election on December 12, 1995 by the 2nd District of Illinois. He ran his campaign with a clear focus on the inclusion and mobilization of young people. He is both an active member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Democratic National Committee, and was recently elected Secretary of the Democratic National Committee’s Black Caucus.
Michael Karz - Michael is the Vice President of Mandeville Films, a Walt Disney based production company. He is co-founder of Young California for Clinton-Gore, an organization created in 1992 to motivate young people to involve themselves in the election.
Patrick Kennedy - Patrick Kennedy, who is a Representative, was elected to his first term in the United States Congress to serve the 1st district of Rhode Island on January 4,1995. He introduced the Student Loan Affordability Act of 1995 which would allow a deduction for the payment of interest on student loans. The bill was adopted by the House Democratic Leader as part of the party’s budget alternative plan. He is currently the youngest member of Congress.
Jason Klumb - Jason represents district 125 in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his second term in 1994 and is the Chairman of the Administrative Rules Committee. Representative Klumb did not file for re-election and will be entering the London School of Economics to complete a masters program.
L.L. Cool J. - Entertainer. Actor, Rapper, Activist.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln -Blanche Lincoln, who is a Representative, became the first woman to represent the 1st Congressional District of Arkansas in 1993. She has since focused her attention on her district and the federal budget defect that "she doesn’t want passed on to the next generation". In addition she has helped form The Coalition, a group of House Democrats who are committed to "putting people above politics while representing the hopes and dreams of most Americans."
Sandra L. McBrayer - Sandra is the Executive Director for The San Diego county Children’s Initiative. In 1988 she founded and developed the first successful school in the United States for the homeless and unattended youth. She was recognized with the "Women of Vision in Education" award from the League of Women Voters in ‘92, was named the ‘93-’94 "California Teacher of the Year," and the ‘94 "National Teacher of the Year"
Heather McLeod - Founder and Co-Editor of Who Cares magazine, Heather manages the Editorial Board of Who Cares magazine and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Civic League, chairs the Youth Alliance of the Alliance for National Renewal and sits on the Rockefeller Foundation’s Steering Committee for The Common Enterprise.
Matthew L. Mosely - Matt is the volunteer and youth vote coordinator for Tom Strickland’s Colorado United States Senate Campaign. He was the Colorado coordinator for Rock The Vote and helped start the Boulder County Youth Leadership Development Project (Team Boulder), a program that enhances community leadership skills for at risk and disadvantages youth ages 11-18. In addition he is writing a book entitled Waking Up From the American Dream: How Young Men and Women are Rekindling the spirit of America.
Rob Nelson - Rob is the Co-Founder of Lead or Leave. He currently attends Stanford University Law School. He has joined the Clinton/Gore ‘96 team helping to reach out to young people.
Sarah Jessica Parker - Actress and Activist.
J.B. Pritsker - J.B. is National chairman of Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century (DL21C), an organization he founded in 1991. Through DL21C he has worked to mobilize thousands of young people to participate in the electoral process. In addition J.B. is the President of New World Equities, specializing in raising capital for emerging technology and telecommunications companies.
Fiona Rose - Fiona is a third-year undergraduate at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She currently serves as Student Body President, where she is active in working with the students and administrators in increasing student participation in government and politics. She has fought to protect the federal Direct Student Loan Program, AmeriCorps, and other education-friendly governmental initiatives. Having grown-up on welfare, while living in public housing and attending public schools, Ms. Rose believes in the ability of our government to help people live and thrive in America.
Julia Scatliff - Julia is the Founder and Director of Southern Community Partners, a project of the Lyndhurst Foundation. Southern Community Partners funds young entrepreneurs who inspire other young people to strengthen their southeastern communities. Julia was also Director of the Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL), a national network of students involved in community service.
Danny Seo - At the age of 12, Danny founded the organization Earth 2000 with just $10 to inspire young people to protect our environment. For seven years, he served as the Executive Director of this 10,000+ member organization. Now 19, Danny has moved on to write, Generation React, to be published in 1997 by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House.
Mike Sexton - Mike is the President of Young Democrats of America. He is a policy and research analyst at the Ohio Democrat Caucus. In addition He has served as the President of Ohio Young Democrats and the Executive Director of the Ohio College Democrats.
James Taylor - James, who is a State Representative in New Mexico, has been an activist for young people and youth issues in New Mexico.
Brenda Toineeta - Brenda is second year law student at Columbia University and is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (Cherokee, NC). She is also a former American Indian Ambassador to Bolivia.
Angela Lynn Twitchell - Angela is the National Director , Division of Quality Control and Information Services, at Project Vote Smart in Boston, Massachusetts. She is responsible for editing and publishing Voter’s Self-Defense Manual, U.S. Government Owner’s Manual, and Vote Smart Web YellowPages.
David Wade - David, a senior at Brown University, is the National President of the College Democrats of America. He is the spokesperson of the largest student political organization in the country, representing 1,000,000 students on 1,000 campuses nationwide. David attends Brown on federal student loans and grants and has fought the Dole-Gingrich Congress’ attempts to deny educational opportunity for working class students.
Rebecca Walker - Rebecca founded Third Wave Direct Action Corporation, a national non-profit organization devoted to cultivating young women’s leadership and activism. In their first summer, Third Wave initiated an historic emergency youth drive which registered over twenty thousand new voters in inner cities across the United States. She was recently named by TIME Magazine as one of the 50 future leaders of America.
YOUTH FOR CLINTON/GORE ‘96 STATE YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEES
*The following are individual endorsements and do not reflect endorsements from any affiliated organization.
Paul G. Allvin
Public Relations, Make A Wish Foundation
Maria Elena Coronado
Public Relations, Arizona State University
Thomas R. Czyz
Graduate Student, Arizona State University
President, Arizona Young Democrats
Assistant Campaign Manager, Pastor for Congress
Kimulet W. Winzer
Secretary, Maricopa Young Democrats
Co-Director of Black Student Union and Stanford Democrats, Stanford University
Student Leader, University of Southern California
Candidate for School Board
UC Davis Class of ‘98
Coordinator of Government Affairs, UC Berkeley
Council Member First District, City of Long Beach
Production Associate, NBC
Senior Attorney, Paramount Pictures
Attorney and Saxophone Club Board Member
Fidel A. Vargas
Mayor of Baldwin Park
President, Sierra Club
Tom Strickland for U.S. Senate
Colorado Young Democrats
Democratic Captain, District Eight A
Philip K. Hayes
MESA State Young Democrats
Young Democrats of America
Colorado State University, student
Colorado Young Democrats Denver
Senior Associate, Greenberg, Baron, Simon, & Miller, Inc.
Youth Director, Colorado Win In ‘96 Coordinated Campaign
Student, Central Connecticut State University
Charles E. Borden
President, Yale College Democrats
Student Activist, University of Hartford
New Haven Alderman
Mary Beth Duda
Student Trinity College
Juan A. Morales
Latino Student Activist
Domenic S. Paniccia
President, Fairfield University College Democrats
Student and Community Activist, Yale University
President, Young Democrats of Georgia
David H. Dennis
Marketing Advisor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Staff for Congressmen Sanford Bishop (Georgia 2nd Congressional District) Campaign
Harvard University, student
Joel R. Nied
Legislative Assistant, City Councilman Doug Alexander
Intern, Democratic Party of Georgia and Student
Student, Eastern University
Brian M. Cross
Student, University of Illinois, Springfield
Student, DePaul University
Student, DePaul University
Student, Loyola University
Student, University of Chicago
Domestic Violence Counselor
Account Executive, Wright-Flynn Advertising
President, Iowa Young Democrats
Brian J. Laurenzo
President of 21st Century Forum (Young Professional Democrats organization)
Undergraduate Activities Senate Executive Officer, University of Iowa
Executive Director, University of Kentucky Student Government Association
Student, University of Louisville
Stephen W. Long
President, Ohldahm County Young Democrats
President, Northern Kentucky University College Democrats
Student and Co-coordinator, College Democrats at Bates College
Student, Waterville High School
Administrative Officer, Minnesota Student Association
Field Director of Democratic Farm and Labor
City Council Member
Mitchell T. Berggern
John J. Choi
University of Minnesota, student
Sara Keehr Hornstra
Hubert H. “Buck” Humphrey, IV
Campaign Activist, Democratic Farm and Labor
Mary Jo McGuire
Neta Jo Scarpari
St Louis Park
Jessica M. Anacker
Student, Rocky Mountain College
Student, Montana State University
State Assemblyman Las Vegas
Clark County Commissioner
Associate, Policy, Management & Communications, Inc.
Public Relations Firm
Student, Harvard University
Staff, State Senate Democratic office
Ginger C. Gold
Lobbyist, Nancy Becker & Associates
Lawyer, Sills Cummins Law Firm
Craig Allen Stix
Former Councilman of Elmwood Park
Works for public relations firm
Community Volunteer Albuquerque
Amanda Joan Cooper
Board Member, Las Adalitas
Amber A. Ussery
Executive Vice President, New York State Young Democrats
Erik M. DePaula
Secretary, New York State Young Democrats
President, Queens County Young Democrats
Louis D. Greenwald
Assemblyman, 6th District
Executive Board, Young Democrats of America
Mark La Vigne
Chair, New York State Young Democrats
Todd R. Richman
Downstate Vice President, New York State Young Democrats
Outreach Director, New York State Young Democrats
William Stephen Aldridge, III
President, College Democrats of North Carolina
Robin E. Brannon
President, Brannon Communications
President, North Carolina Student Association
Student, Duke University
Student, University of North Carolina
Gary F. Collins
City School Board
Adam Clay Miller
General Counsel, Ohio School Board Association
David A. Muller
Chair, Ohio College Democrats
Student, Otterbein College
Candidate, State Representative
President, Oregon State University Student Body
MidSouth Regional Organizer, College Democrats of America
Cheryl L. Neely
Tennessee Young Democrats
President, College Democrats, Austin Peay Student University
W. Scott Sprouse
Delegate to Democratic National Committee Convention
Matthew M. Stafford
President, College Democrats, Belmont University
Secretary, Arlington Young Democrats
Antoine P. Cobb
Organizer, New Alexandria Young Democrats Chapter
Laura A. Eilers
President, Arlington Young Democrats
Public Relations, American Iron and Steel Institute
Vice President, Arlington Young Democrats
Finance Director, Arlington Young Democrats
Vice President, Western Region Young Democrats
Treasurer, Young Democrats of America
Lora B. Kreidler
Executive Vice President, Young Democrats
Dean M. Nielsen
President, Washington State Young Democrats Seattle
Program Director, World Affairs Council
Coordinator Director, Washinton State School Directors
Staff, Adam Smith’s Campaign
Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lori Buss Nelson
Student, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
City Council Member
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