Staff

Most of the superhero talent is out in the states, but some of us get to run the Alliance HQ.

Sarah Audelo

Executive Director
audelo@allianceforyouthorganizing.org

In the office:

  • Ensures there’s always money in the bank to get local organizers paid & keep the movement building and growing by fundraising Every. Single. Day.
  • Gives voice to a generation of amazing local organizers by hyping our network in the media
  • Keeps the entire Alliance team clear-eyed, full-hearted, and unable to lose

Out of the office:

  • On a salsa, bachata, or 90s r&b dance floor
  • Grilling delicious foods
  • Giddy trips to Costco

Dawn Boudwin

Senior Director of Program & Partnerships
dawn@allianceforyouthorganizing.org

In the Office:

  • Manages the talented and awesome program team
  • Oversees the Alliance’s “incubation” process to expand the network of state-based youth organizations
  • Leads partnership work with national, state, and local organizations, companies, and brands to elevate affiliates and partners and further organization’s electoral and issue campaign goals

Out of the Office:

  • Unofficial food critic and professional nap taker
  • Leads her nephew’s fan club
  • Admires North Carolina’s greatness (It has beaches and mountains!)
  • Collects vinyl and makes more playlists than any one person needs

Gary Decker

Issue Campaigns Director
gary@allianceforyouthaction.org

In the Office

  • Leads our Democracy Done Right issue campaign and supports network organizations in the development and implementation of statewide and local voting rights efforts.
  • Represents the Alliance in voting rights coalition spaces to ensure voices of young people and network organizations are well represented and amplified.
  • Develops robust campaign plans that advance critical issues on the national, state, and local levels in conjunction with affiliates and partners.

Out of Office

  • Plays and watches soccer an unsustainable amount
  • More likely to re-watch a favorite show than to start a new one
  • Frequently gets stopped at airport security, once it was for a turkey sandwich

Kate Goertzen

Managing Director
kate@allianceforyouthorganizing.org

In the office:

  • Supports the awesome, powerful Alliance team and network to build and organize communities for change that are in it to win it
  • Connects projects across teams and keeps all work accountable to and built alongside our national network, drawing on the incredible expertise of our boards
  • Manages governance structures and holds diversity, equity, and inclusion work for the Alliance, making sure we practice what we preach and show that youth can lead the way on building just organizations and movements

Out of the office:

  • Supporter of art in DC
  • Always cooking something new, or buying yet another plant
  • Is probably saying hello to a random dog on the street
  • Always wants a taco

Jacque Grimsley

Senior Operations Director
jacque@allianceforyouthorganizing.org

In the office:

  • Creates and manages efficient systems to keep the organization running smoothly on the backend
  • Maintains financial and administrative operations so that nothing falls through the cracks. Ever.
  • Strengthens human resources to ensure that the Alliance continues to be an equitable (and awesome) place to work

Out of the office:

  • Lover of outdoor activities, primarily of the coastal variety
  • Re-watches 30 Rock (over and over) in search of previously missed jokes
  • Self declared sommelier of wine under $15

Mark Hatton

Director of Electoral Engagement
mark@allianceforyouthaction.org

In the Office

  • Assists affiliates and youth organizing partners in building and scaling amazing youth-led electoral programs and issue advocacy campaigns
  • Supports the creation and distribution of the American Voter Guide
  • Works with the program team in leveraging local and national partnerships to support and elevate the work of affiliates and youth organizing partners

Out of Office

  • Creates excuses to make trips to Target. And always picks up more than he needs
  • Unashamed fanboy of Star Wars he is
  • Drinks way too much Iced Tea and Diet Coke

Scarlett Jimenez

Development Manager
scarlett@allianceforyouthorganizing.org
In the office:
  • Leads our exciting and rapidly growing development portfolio
  • Amplifies how our crews are building power every damn day
  • Supports network organizations in building and implementing bold, people-powered development plans
  • Pens powerful proposals and materials to reflect the fun and sophisticated work of our network
Out of the office:
  • Always cookin’
  • Regularly stares at photos of her precious shih-tzu, Sage
  • Loves a good horror movie or suspenseful docuseries

Billy Koontz

Finance Director
billy@allianceforyouthorganizing.org

In the office:

  • Monitors and maintains organization-wide financial management systems to ensure financial reporting, analysis, and planning are on lock
  • Develops internal financial systems, processes, and controls to keep the auditors happy
  • Manages and tracks documentation, grant and contract agreements, and all the fun stuff to ensure the organization is ready to rock at all times

Out of the office:

  • Sings for 90 minutes during Newcastle United matches
  • Always trying to find the best live music
  • Could eat BBQ for every meal

Daniela Mrabti

Communications Manager
daniela@allianceforyouthorganizing.org

In the office:

  • Gets our marvelous message out through digital communications, op-eds, statements, and more
  • Support our network organizations effectively tell the story of their work
  • Support the Alliance’s overall communications strategy in line with our mission, vision, values, and culture

Out of the office:

  • Peaked in college as part of the ukulele orchestra
  • Always starting tv shows, but never finishing them
  • Pets other people’s pets when they let her

Kenny Myers

Director of Network Capacity
kenny@allianceforyouthorganizing.org

In the office:

  • Serves as a liaison between our network and the rest of the Alliance staff
  • Supports Alliance affiliates developing badass programs that deliver real wins and results for our generation
  • Facilitates collaboration among the network for sharing best practices and lessons learned

Out of the office:

  • Will derail his travel path to ensure he can say hello to random dogs
  • Obsesses over his National Parks passport stamps
  • Avid nerd and board gamer

Carmel Pryor

Senior Director of Communications
carmel@allianceforyouthorganizing.org

In the office:

  • Leads the Alliance’s comprehensive communications strategy
  • Lifts up the bold work of young people nationwide through storytelling
  • Works with the Alliance’s incredible network to build communications capacity and strategy

Out of the office:

  • Proud Cleveland, Ohio native who has the Cavs championship ring to prove it
  • Believes weekends aren’t complete without BRUNCH
  • Loves making collages and shoe shopping in her spare time

Marisa Slifka

Operations Coordinator
marisa@allianceforyouthorganizing.org

In the office:

  • Manage seamless logistics to ensure everyone can get down to business at meetings
  • Keeps internal systems tidy for a smooth day to day work environment
  • Works to cultivate an inclusive and productive workspace for the whole team

Out of the office:

  • Emotionally invests in adult recreational soccer far too much
  • Identifies with Buddy the Elf’s relationship to coffee and then falls asleep. Literally everywhere
  • Peaked when compared to Park and Rec’s Jenn Barkley by a former student

Mariella Villacorta

Development Associate
mariella@allianceforyouthorganizing.org

In the office:

  • Crafts compelling proposals, powerful narratives, and timely updates for our donors
  • Make sure $$$ is on track to support our growing network and campaigns
  • Helps raise national resources to ensure young people’s work is uplifted and their voices are heard

Out of the office:

  • Taking her cat, Muffin, on walks
  • Spending too much time smelling candles at Marshalls
  • Buying new books but never finishing them

Board

The Alliance for Youth Organizing have some awesomely brilliant and strategic advisors behind us. Our board[s] of directors are the kind of activists who’ve been getting it done for years -- and they make sure the raucous and riotous Alliance stays on track and on mission. The arc toward justice is bent a lot farther because of their work.

The Board of Directors of the Alliance for Youth Organizing

Affiliates listed for identification purposes only.
Alexis Anderson-Reed
Executive Director, State Voices
Cathy Lerza
Philanthropic Advisor
Cindy Kang
Managing Director, Management Center
Crystal Patterson
Government & Politics Outreach Manager, Facebook
Kim Rogers
Organizational Specialist for Campaigns & Elections, National Education Association
Liba Rubenstein
Senior Vice President of Social Impact, 21st Century Fox
LiJia Gong
Interim Legal Director, Public Rights Project
Mollie Ruskin
Independent Civic Designer and Researcher
Steven Cole-Schwartz
Director, Partnership Fund
Vaughn Frisby
Director of Individual Giving, SPUR
Whitney Porter
Director of Finance & Operations, Everybody Votes