The Class of 2018
A small business owner and Arizona native who wants to use his experience as Vice Mayor of Holbrook to help his district reach its full potential.
This self-described “grandmother concerned about the future” has spent her career trying to make things better for future generations: fighting for programs that promote early childhood education and health care for kids.
An attorney with over a decade of experience in juvenile court who has witnessed first hand the challenges facing the foster care system and believes he can be the one to fix them.
Has spent the last 20 years as an ASU professor and is running because she believes educators are best suited to make the changes the Arizona public education system needs.
An accountant, environmentalist and outdoor thrill-seeker who knows how to make the numbers work so Arizonans can have good schools and a growing economy.
A retired Army Colonel with 32 years of service who wants to use her decades of leadership experience to promote equality for all Arizonans and to provide adequate support for veterans and their families.
A lawyer with a passion for public service who sees students as Arizona’s top priority – and will work to fix the school system that is failing them.
A lifelong advocate for women’s reproductive freedom who volunteered at free medical clinics and mentored high school students.
A former prosecutor who tried financial crimes and public corruption cases and wants to bring transparent government, fully funded education and accountable representation to the statehouse.
A small business owner with a long history of advocating for public health and other issues on behalf of nonprofit and social services organizations. Started a network to register voters and organize communities, drawing 10,000 members within days.
A lifelong advocate for education as a teacher and school board member, who believes that her idealism is her biggest strength.
A teacher in Arizona for over 20 years and education advocate who believes Arizona kids deserve a better future.
A lifelong educator and early education advocate who believes that Arizona was once a place of inclusion, opportunity and optimism – and thinks it can be that way again.
Arizona’s 2016 Teacher of the Year has taught more than 3,500 students over 25 years and is ready to make sure her state finally invests in kids.
A teacher for nearly two decades whose proven commitment to the Arizona education system and her community gives her a unique perspective on how Arizona can do better for its kids.
An 8th grade English teacher who decided she needed to stand up for her students and her 3 daughters after experiencing firsthand the flaws of Arizona’s school system.
A father of two and healthcare professional whose experience losing a job in the '08 financial crisis gives him a unique understanding of what it means to struggle to support a family in today’s economy.
A longtime family physician who understands the importance of listening to and learning from constituents in order to find common ground.
A labor leader and women's rights activist, whose record championing social and economic justice took her from Augusta to the Obama Administration to the Maine Women's Hall of Fame.
The House Majority Leader, mother of two and 5th-generation Mainer who is ready to bring her record of helping families and rural communities to the Maine Senate.
A high school cross country coach, all-American runner and state representative who was named "Legislator of the Year" for his work with veterans.
Came home to an economically depressed community and decided to fight for it, starting his own solar energy business and running with an agenda for new economic development.
An attorney, city council member and mom who has spent her life standing up for people, and believes that she can make the state of Michigan work better for everyone.
A lawyer with her own practice focused on advocating for the most vulnerable.
A former public school teacher and a single mom who was inducted into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame for her work leading a successful grassroots campaign to protect the Great Lakes.
A single mother, educator and small business owner who has devoted herself to improving the health and well-being of those in her community, especially kids.
A lawyer and former county commissioner who knows how to fight for the success of hard-working families.
A public school teacher and coach whose passion for education took root at a young age, inspired by his single mom.
An Indian-American immigrant who is running to make sure her community stays true to the spirit and values it embodied when she first arrived 20 years ago.
A lifelong community leader and the Clerk-Treasurer of Monroe who's running to build an economy that works for everyone.
With a resume that includes serving as Linden Mayor, helping run a U.S. Senator’s office and advocating for Michigan’s public universities, he knows what it means to be a committed public servant.
A third-generation Michigander and descendant of Armenian immigrants ready to bring her experiences from the State Department to Lansing.
Has spent 30 years challenging unequal pay for women and fighting for fairness for those who need it most. He's running to fight for those same values in Lansing.
A lifelong Michigander who saw at an early age that lawmakers can have a big impact when her Teamster father went to work for the city of Dearborn Heights.
Kathy’s 40-year career as a nurse is the foundation of her advocacy for patients, their families, and her entire district.
An Entrepreneur of the Year and a community leader whose commitment to advancing quality healthcare drives her professional and personal pursuits.
A child welfare advocate and family law attorney who runs her own practice and whose recent early diagnosis of non-invasive breast cancer has renewed her drive to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to affordable healthcare.
A leading gun safety advocate who has led her state’s chapter of Moms Demand Action for the last two years.
An Alamance County native and assistant superintendent for Thomasville City schools.
Raised by a single mother from the time she was eleven, Leslie decided to run after H.B. 2 threatened her children’s rights.
A father and small business owner in Wake Forest whose legal practice is devoted to helping other small businesses.
A long-time senior pastor who re-committed himself to serving his community after his son’s 2014 death in a car crash.
Julie von Haefen
A Wake County PTA president, lawyer and fierce advocate for public education who fights for abused and neglected children in court.
An economics professor who learned how to advocate for his values growing up as a progressive in rural North Carolina.
Raised to value education, this daughter of “The Education Governor,” Jim Hunt, has founded two education consulting businesses and volunteered in local public schools.
Works to ensure that Wake Forest University students have access to financial aid.
The son of a public school teacher who serves the Queen City as a leader on equity, children’s rights and homelessness.
Got her first job at 16 (the early morning shift at McDonald’s), started her first company at 25 and today runs a family arts space.
A pianist, teacher, paralegal and business manager who is raising three goats, 30 chickens, three dogs and three cats in a 100-year-old farmhouse.
A former teacher and Army Colonel who served two tours in the Pentagon (including working for the Chief of Staff of the Army) and is aiming to become one of North Carolina’s first openly LGBTQ legislators.
Joe Sam Queen
A square dance caller, architect, farmer, businessman, Sunday school teacher and former state legislator.
The founder of locally famous RaysWeather.com who is also a computer science professor at Appalachian State and a minister.
The first black woman elected as Greenville’s mayor who drove over $200 million in growth for her city during her tenure.
A Bertie County native who leads North Carolina’s association of county commissioners.
A New Hampshire native, academic researcher and first-time candidate, whose politics have been shaped by her rise from childhood poverty, living on food stamps, to a career at Dartmouth College.
A town selectman and lifelong government employee who is running to improve the quality of life for his constituents.
A three-term New Hampshire State Representative and board member for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence whose legislative priorities have reflected her commitment to gender equality and environmental protection.
A proven leader and successful business woman running to ensure the next generation of Granite Staters have the tools they need for success.
An entrepreneur, best-selling author and community leader who worked two jobs in college to put himself through graduate school. He would be the third openly LGBTQ member in the history of the State Senate.
A small business owner, former State Representative and women’s rights advocate who would be the first African American elected to the State Senate.
A terrorism and cyber security expert and entrepreneur who created and ran an international business development firm focused on Africa.
A beloved physician, public health advocate and former State Representative who worked tirelessly to get legislation directly addressing the opioid crisis to the governor’s desk and into law.
Co-Founder & Chairman
Adam is the Chairman and CEO of Assembled Brands, a holding company providing working capital and financial services to emerging brands. He is also a co-founder of General Assembly where during his tenure, prior to its acquisition by Addecco Group, he served as Chief Creative Officer, Chief Product Officer, and Chairman. For his entrepreneurial endeavors, Adam was featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Vanity Fair’s The Next Establishment, Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30, and Business Insider’s Silicon Alley 100. Adam holds a BA from Columbia University where he studied Anthropology and Economics.
A global leader in economics, Professor Sachs is University Professor at Columbia University, a best selling author, and an advisor to governments throughout the U.S. at the city, state, and national level, and for heads of state around the world.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Executive Director of Future Now and Future Now Fund. He was elected the youngest member of the New York State Senate in 2008, serving until 2017. He co-authored Senator Chuck Schumer’s Positively American: Winning Back the Middle Class Majority One Family at a Time and has worked for electoral campaigns, as well as transportation and education causes.
Mimi O Chun
Board Member & Creative Director-At-Large
Mimi leverages over 20 years of design experience bringing opportunities to life from the initial expression of a brand to products that live in the world. As a founder, advisor, and consultant, she has crafted online and offline experiences for a range of companies including IDEO and General Assembly.
Board Member & Strategist
John is a leader in building grassroots power to win policy change in the public interest. He is Executive Director of the Riders Alliance, New York's largest organization of public transit riders, and is a leading advocate for a renewed public investment in New York's public infrastructure.
Board Member & Technology Advisor
David is an American entrepreneur and the founder and former CEO of blogging platform Tumblr, acquired by Yahoo in 2013. According to the MIT Technology Review, he was amongst the 35 highest ranking innovators of the world below the age of 35. He has served as a member of the Planned Parenthood Board of Directors since 2014.
Lauren Popper Ellis
Director of Policy & Legal
Lauren has worked on law and policy at the state level in the Attorney General’s Office, the Governor’s Office and the State Senate in New York and also has campaign experience at the local, state, and national levels.
Director of Finance
Marissa joined us after five years at Ubuntu Pathways (formerly Ubuntu Education Fund), a South-African based nonprofit organization, where she managed special projects and fundraising. She originally hails from New Hampshire and is a graduate of New York University.
Director of Politics & Communications
Alyssa is a seasoned communications professional who has helped clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to nonprofits navigate the intersection of policy, politics and business. She was previously a Managing Director at Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher and the global head of communications at Handy, a New York-based home services startup.
Policy and Communications Associate
Before joining Future Now, Hannah worked on congressional campaigns in New Jersey and was a healthcare consultant at BDO, a professional services firm in New York. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MPH from Columbia University.