WHO WE ARE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NY Chair: Sylvana Widman
Sylvana Widman has been interested in the intersection between politics and positive change-making as long as she can remember. From phone banking for Hillary Clinton and Shelley Meyer to running her school’s debate team, she has a passionate belief in the unique voice young people possess and is committed to creating a platform for fellow young activists of all backgrounds. Involved in YPPG for the past two years and volunteering for the Attorney General, Sylvana sees firsthand the power of change-making through local politics, and aims to bolster the enthusiasm of youths to support the causes they most believe in. In her spare time Sylvana enjoys writing creative fiction, painting and making what she believes to be witty commentary.
NJ Chair: Ranen Miao
Ranen Miao has been actively engaged with politics and public policy throughout his high school career, including working with his local Board of Education to push back start times at his high school, serving as a captain for his Speech and Debate team, and serving as his class’ Vice President. Now, Ranen wants to help enfranchise thousands of students across New Jersey so that their voices can be heard. When he’s not debating or talking politics, Ranen enjoys giving back to his community, working with his school’s Key Club, Red Cross, and Peer Leaders Programs to be a role model and doing community service.
Communications Director: Evan Farley
Evan Farley is a rising junior at Bard High School Early College in the Lower East Side. He has long been interested in politics after binging West Wing twice and since entering high school has converted his attention from Aaron Sorkin's masterful drama to working and volunteering in offices and campaigns on the city, state, and national levels. Evan tries to engage his friends in political events around the city, but failing that, he is the Secretary General of Bard's Model UN club, the opinion editor for BHSEC's newspaper, and an avid runner.
Vice Chair: Ray Huang
Ray Huang is a rising senior who attends the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, New Jersey. Since freshmen year, Ray has had a passion for implementing change and leadership. During the 2016-2017 school year he served as Class President and currently serves as Vice President for the Peer Tutoring Club. Ray is especially passionate about giving a political voice to young people, and hopes to encourage productive conversations about politics in schools in order to create a well-educated youth with exposure to many different viewpoints. In his free time Ray is a nationally ranked table tennis player and leads his own Saxophone Quartet.
Treasurer : Solenne Wolfe
Solenne Wolfe is a rising junior at Brooklyn Tech HS in Brooklyn, NY. Beginning in freshman year, she has found her connection to politics through policy debate. Through debate, she has learned more about the ways that young people can engage politics in non-normative ways, and will put this into practice through YPPG. Outside of school and debate, Solenne is a bullet journal enthusiast, has co-founded a resource hub for high school and middle school students at sollei.com, and enjoys writing. She is interested in the ways that the political system can both reflect and distort the human concerns of populations, and hopes to use her position to lessen the gap between what the people want and what their politics are able to give them.
Vice Chair: Madison Motroni
Madison Motroni is a rising senior at Millburn High School in Millburn, New Jersey. Through her involvement with the debate team, Madison has developed a passion for government and politics. As vice chair of the Youth Progressive Policy Group, she aims to increase civic engagement of New Jersey's youth. In her free time, Madison captains the Millburn congressional debate team and likes to bike.
Political Outreach Director: Nader Granmayeh
Nader Granmayeh is a senior at Horace Mann high school in Bronx, New York where is the co-Student Body President. He’s been involved with the YPPG for two years. He’s always been interested in politics, joining the school’s debate team in 7th grade and volunteering on five local campaigns. Most recently, he was an intern on Zephyr Teachout’s attorney general campaign and worked on the Foreign Policy Association’s blog. Nader is specifically interested in the Supreme Court and hopes to further his education by going to law school. Outside of politics, Nader rows crew for his high school. He’s also an editor for Horace Mann’s science and sports magazines as well as touring perspective families around the school as a student ambassador.
Vice Chair: Saneel Sreeni
Saneel Sreeni is 16 years old and attends the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Math and Engineering Technologies. He is passionately involved in a myriad of civic organizations and has devoted much of his high school career to furthering progressive policy and encouraging his peers to be politically active. He loves public policy for its tangible effect on society, and is interested in YPPG because it offers him the chance to properly advocate for laws he hopes to see passed.
Policy Director: Mason Krohn
Mason Krohn is a rising junior at Ridge High School. As a policy director, he believes that American youth deserve the right to have their voices heard in a political climate that often seems unresponsive. Because of his concern for improving advocacy, he is part of his school’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) team and frequently writes for the Ridge Political Review. In addition, he volunteers at the Morris County Office for Hispanic Affairs and was a delegate at the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute last year, a place where he witnessed the power of youth engagement.
Media Advocacy and Public Relations Director: Anna Ma
From the time Anna learned the basics of how our government worked, she watched American politics with interest and faith in change. She studied Supreme Court cases and referendums with awe at the power of the people- the determination of those who seek to improve this country. As a queer Asian-American, the child of immigrants, and a strong supporter of all those who wish to take actions into their own hands, Anna holds strong support for lowering the voting age. She believes that we must stand and speak for the world we are to salvage and strive for, and advocating for legislation is an obligation for young Americans.
When Anna's not trying to study reform movements and keep up with AP classes, she competes in Speech and Debate and DECA. She love drawing and writing of all kinds, and is a huge fan of Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and the Phantom of the Opera.
Political Outreach Director: Christian Martin
Christian Martin is a rising senior at Princeton High School, where he leads his school’s politics club (JSA), Model UN, the student tutoring service, as well as is the editor of the opinions section of the school newspaper. He never misses an opportunity to engage in anything political (debating teachers since the fifth grade) which is why he knows that 17 year olds are just as capable of being informed voters. He has always been outspoken, often debating those much older than himself, and knows that he will live with the consequences of policy decisions longer than those making the decisions. To de stress, he spends any free time he finds talking walks in nature (between procrastinating homework and eating Ben & Jerry’s out of the pint of course).