WHO WE ARE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder and NY Chair: Eli Frankel
Eli Frankel involved himself in political activism the moment he entered Bard High School Early College in Manhattan. He has worked to bring affordable healthcare to those left behind by America’s healthcare system, to end gun violence in his home city of New York, and to level the playing field for all students in New York public schools. Now, Eli is most passionate about improving government ethics and ensuring every American has the ability to fully exercise their fundamental right to vote. When he isn't talking politics, Eli spends his time rock climbing at The Cliffs at LIC climbing gym.
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.
Vice Chair: Chris Stauffer
Chris Stauffer is a senior at Bard High School Early College in the Lower East Side. As a founding board member of the Youth Progressive Policy Group, he is particularly passionate about bringing a political voice to the youth of this state and improving the civic engagement of all New Yorkers. As vice chair of the Youth Progressive Policy Group, he works to craft statewide policy initiatives and to grow the organization from the ground level. In his spare time, Chris captains BHSEC's cross country and track and field teams.
Vice Chair: Ray Huang
Ray Huang is a junior 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.
Policy Director: Max Shatan
Max Shatan is a senior at Bard High School Early College. As policy director he hopes to expand the ideals of progressivism throughout the state. As an active member of the student union at Bard, he wants all people, regardless of age, to have a voice in their government. Max hopes to pursue a career in film.
Vice Chair: Madison Motroni
Madison Motroni is a junior 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.
Media Advocacy and Public Relations Director: Ilana Cohen
Ilana Cohen is a senior at The Beacon School in Manhattan. As an intern at the office of Council Member Brad Lander, she conducted youth outreach for the District 39 Participatory Budgeting process, work she now continues as a member of the District Committee and the founder of the District 39 PB Youth Committee. She has worked on several campaigns, including the Robert Carroll campaign for State Assembly, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and the Carlina Rivera campaign for City Council. Ilana is eager to engage more youth in the political process and believes in grassroots organizing as a democratic antidote to frustrating federal politics.
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.
Communications Director: Julia Frankel
Julia Frankel is a senior at The Beacon School in midtown Manhattan. Since freshman year, Julia has developed a passion for politics and a drive to help resolve some of the pressing conflicts facing young New Yorkers of today. In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, she has helped to both coordinate student activism and organize fundraisers for Planned Parenthood and Syria’s White Helmets. Having interned for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign in 2016, she is familiar with the workings of electoral campaigns. Julia has become fascinated by the possibility of voting reform in New York, and hopes to eventually see young people fully represented in state politics. In her free time, Julia enjoys running cross country and track on her high school team and being an editor of Beacon Ink, her school’s literary magazine.
Policy Director: Mason Krohn
Mason Krohn is a sophomore 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.
Political Outreach Director: Jonah Warner
Jonah is a senior at Bard High School Early College Queens. As a New Yorker, he has always been passionate about making a difference in our state. Jonah is especially passionate about achieving affordable housing, lowering homelessness rates, and defending the fundamental civil liberties of every American and every human being.
Student Outreach Coordinator: Maya Brady
Maya Brady-Ngugi goes to Bard High School Early College and has lived in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn her entire life. She believes all people should have the power and the right to be civically engaged and she is committed to expanding this group to all young people in New York. In her spare time she leads the BHSEC Black Student Alliance and the LGBTQIA+ club.
Treasurer: Liam Thomas
Liam Thomas is a senior at the Beacon School. Through the YPPG and Beacon’s Student Government, he has worked to promote youth engagement in politics both within and beyond his school. His interest in government extends beyond New York City; he enjoys honing his diplomatic and public-speaking skills through Beacon’s Model UN team. On the athletic side, Liam pitches for Beacon’s varsity baseball team and bikes in his free time.
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 Junior and 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).
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