Who we are



Founder and 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. 



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.





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