2019-20 Youth Advisory Board

Meet The Board

The effort to lower the voting age to 16 must be guided by the very young people it aims to enfranchise, and energy among this population is crucial to moving the cause forward. The Youth Advisory Board ensures the voices of young people are at the front and center as this campaign gains momentum. The board is comprised of young people who have worked or are currently working to lower the voting age in their respective cities. Board members provide crucial input to the national campaign, engage other young people in the cause, and work to elevate youth voices. Meet the current members below, organized alphabetically by first name.

Alexis Campbell

Fayetteville, GA

Bio

Alexis is a senior at Fayette County High School in Georgia. She is working to lower the voting age because she believes elections must be an accurate representation of our civically engaged population. She became invested in civic engagement after seeing the consequences disengaged adults creating policies that significantly affect the youth. Alexis believes young people provide a unique perspective of the world and feels pride for the power her generation emanates. When Alexis isn’t working on the Vote16 campaign, you can find her at a speech and debate tournament, playing the violin or reading a book while listening to music.

Alik Schier

Washington, D.C.

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Alik Schier is 17 years old and resides in Washington DC. He is a Senior at Wilson HS and is currently helping lead the Vote16DC campaign. One of his many interests include education policy, grassroots organizing, gun control, voting rights, and lowering the voting age. On most Saturdays you can find Alik serving Kombucha at his local farmers market, he loves seeing the regulars and saying hi to the dogs who stop by. @alikschier

Amira Tripp Folsom

Portland, OR

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Amira is a senior at La Salle Prep from Portland, Oregon. She got involved in Vote16 in February 2019 through the nonprofit Next Up which focuses on making democracy, and the state of Oregon, more accessible and equitable for all people. Since then, she has been advocating for these goals by registering and pre-registering students to vote, and mobilizing students through the three organizations she leads: Youth Ending Slavery, the Black Student Union, and Oregon Youth for Gun Reform. She also represents young voices as an intern at the Center for Women’s Leadership and a member of Next Up’s Board of Directors. In her free time, she loves to do makeup, go to concerts, spend time with friends, travel, watch movies, and eat sushi. 

Arianna Nassiri

San Francisco, CA

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Caleb DeBerry

Chicago, IL

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Caleb DeBerry is the Executive Director of Vote16 Illinois. He is a junior at Northside College Prep in Chicago. When he is not running the movement to enfranchise young people in Illinois, he has been known to watch Netflix and YouTube as much as he can. He is also a member of his school’s debate team, his school’s student council, and a member of other community organizations across Chicago’s North Side. He has declared his candidacy for President of the United States in 2040.

Catie Macauley

Portland, OR

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Catie is a high school junior from Portland, Oregon. She became involved in the movement to lower the voting age through the non-profit NextUp, which focuses on making democracy more accessible and equitable. She works with NextUp to involve youth in democracy through pre-registration to vote at her school, canvassing during elections, and lobbying elected officials on issues that matter to her and her peers. She is excited to take the next step in empowering the youth perspective by working with Vote16. When she’s not doing activism work, she plays the viola in the Portland Youth Philharmonic and leads her school’s debate team and Interfaith club.

Helisa Cruz

Washington, D.C.

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Joy Georgie

Boston, MA

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Joy Georgie is enthusiastic and passionate about each thing he does. Being a freshman in college is a hard transition but through his dedication and hard work, he still strives to make a change in his community of Boston. In addition to his advocacy through Vote16 USA and Vote16 Boston -where he is working to lower the voting age and to continue to activate his city – Joy works for MassVOTE as a Young Civic Leader to mobilize the youth. 

Kayla Morrison

Denver, CO

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Kayla is a 15-year-old incoming sophomore at Denver South High School in Colorado. She became involved with Vote16USA in the summer of 2019. However, she has been fighting to lower the voting age since September of 2018 through Colorado Youth Congress and Student Voice Student Vote. She’s passionate about students becoming more involved in their community and advocating for human rights. In her free time, Kayla likes to visit family and friends and run.

Mahita Bobba

Los Altos, CA

Bio

Mahita Bobba is a Senior at Los Altos High School in California. She is passionate about political science, business, and environmental justice. She serves as the president of her Youth and Government delegation, and the chair of CalYMCA’s FLIP (Female Leaders in Power). As the Vote16 Los Altos lead, she is super excited to be a part of the youth advisory board and advocate for increasing youth activism. On weekends, you can find Mahita jamming out to surf rock on the beach, volunteering at the dog shelter, or drinking boba tea with friends.

Marianna Reddick

Boston, MA

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Marianna Reddick is a junior at John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Boston, Massachusetts. She works at MassVOTE as a Young Civic Leader striving for a change in her community by encouraging civic engagement. On the Youth Advisory Board for Vote16USA, she hopes to impact the political environment to show everyone that teenagers like herself deserve a voice!

Megan Zheng

San Francisco, CA

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Megan is a 17 year old, rising senior from San Francisco. She has previously worked on her local youth council to promote social justice and civic engagement. She is also interested in how equity is incorporated into environmental policy, and is passionate about environmental justice and sustainability. She is excited to figure out ways to further the Vote16 campaign in her city. She loves dogs, long walks on the beach, and rock-climbing.

Noah Kassis

Northampton, MA

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Noah is a junior at Northampton High School in Western Massachusetts. Raised in a community of activism and fighting for what’s right, he continues that fight today through the many initiatives and campaigns he works on. Since 2017, one of these initiatives has been lowering the voting age to 16 for municipal elections in Noah’s hometown, as he believes that the only hope for our future as a nation is with the voices of younger generations. While the city of Northampton has already adopted a new charter lowering its voting age, many steps remain before this change can become a reality, and Noah is excited to continue the fight! In his free time, Noah can most likely be found hiking in the woods, or playing the violin.

Sadie Fleig

Berkeley, CA

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Tiffany Missembe

Washington, D.C.

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Tiffany is a 16-year-old high school junior and a youth leader in the Vote16DC and Vote16USA campaigns. She joined Vote16 through her job with the Young Women’s Project, a local organization that builds the leadership and power of young people in DC. She has spent the past several months meeting with councilmembers, committees, media outlets, and peers about Vote16. She will continue advocating for this issue until 16-year-old voting becomes the law, and is very proud to be a leader of this cause.

Zo Pancoast

Berkeley, CA

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Zo Pancoast is a senior at Berkeley High School and has been involved with Vote 16 since 2018. As the co-lead of the Berkeley Vote 16 chapter, she is working with lawyers to implement Measure Y1, that gives 16 year olds the right to vote in school board elections. Zo loves organizing voter registration drives at her high school. Outside of her work with Vote 16, she enjoys playing the saxophone in jazz band, playing tennis, and working at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.