Democracy is a verb.



Mikva Challenge National Board of Directors

Dr. Lauren S. Young, Board Chair
CEO, LJYoung

Jack Marco, Vice Chair
Chairman (retired), Marco Consulting Group

Mark Rosenberg, Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Wealth Management, UBS

Peter Barber
Executive Vice President & Principal, Lipman Hearne

Rohan Barrett
Director of Development, Principal and Major Gifts at Harvard Medical School

Stefanie Cruz
VP for Marketing and Digital Strategy, America’s Promise Alliance

Cynthia Canary
Senior Adviser, Committee for Economic Development; Director, Independent Maps

Andrea Jett Fletcher
Executive Director, French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago

Randy Kinder
Senior Vice President, AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation

John Marco, Ex-officio
Senior Vice President, Segal Marco Advisors

Peter Palandjian
CEO of Intercontinental Real Estate

Saul Sarabia
Founder and Principal, Solidarity Consulting

Amy K. Singh
Principal, Law Offices of Amy K. Singh, P.C. and Amy K. Singh Professional Services, Inc.

Mikva Challenge D.C. Advisory Board

Randy Kinder, Board Chair
Senior Vice President, AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation

Pamela Silberman, Vice Chair
PSS Advisory Services LLC

Ken Adams
Partner, Adams Holcomb LLP

Steve Binder
Managing Principal, Columbia Partners L.L.C. Investment Management

The Hon. David Bonior
Former U.S. Representative, Michigan 10th District

Robert Brandon
Robert M Brandon & Associates

Thad Fletcher
Partner, Cooke & Bieler

Lewis Grossman
Faculty, American University, Washington College of Law

Beth Heifetz
Partner, Jones Day

Sandy Horwitt
Author and Civic Education Consultant

Cosby Hunt
Senior Manager of Social Studies Education, Center for Inspired Teaching

Bruce Lerner
Member, Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC

Jim Lingberg
Senior Vice President, Amalgamated Bank

Mark Maloney
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Paladin Capital Group

Alden Matamoros
PAC Compliance and Operations Professional
Mikva Challenge Alumnus

Dr. Kenann McKenzie Thompson
Executive Director, National Board for Education Sciences

Judith Meltzer
Executive Vice President, Center for the Study of Social Policy

Richard Meyer
Retired journalist and editor
Former Executive Editor at NPR and BBC

Ralph Neas
Former President of People for the American Way, Former President of Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Catherine Peretti
Executive Director, MySchoolDC

Michael Pistner
Managing Director, Ullico Investment Company, Inc.

Tiffany Quivers
Education Consultant

Sarah Stettinius
Former Real Estate Investment Executive

Richard Wolff
Retired, lawyer

Mikva Challenge IL Advisory Board

Peter Barber, Chair
Executive Vice President & Principal, Lipman Hearne

Amy Mills, Vice Chair
Vice President, Human Resources , Allstate Insurance Company

Dr. Cynthia Barron
School Leadership Coach, University of Illinois at Chicago

Sharon Bush
Executive Director, Grand Victoria Foundation

Katie Cangemi
Senior Program Officer, Community Investment, Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Sarah Kammerer
Director of Growth and Engagement, The People’s Music School

Reyahd Kazmi
Director, Business & Government Strategies National Youth Advocate Program, Inc.

Miriam Martinez
Director of Recruitment, Aspira Inc. of Illinois

Rito Martinez
Vice President of National Programs, Surge Institute

Ronnie Mosley
Advocacy and Civic Engagement Organizer

David Narefsky
Partner, Mayer Brown

Jacqueline Shiff
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Youth & Engagement Programs, The Aspen Institute

Brian Whalen
Retired Vice President, International Truck and Engine Corp.

Jon Quinn
Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Action Civics CA Advisory Board

Ethan Falk, Board Chair
Attorney, Falk & Sharp, A Professional Corporation

Kamy Akhavan
Executive Director,

Ali Bissonnette
Chief of Staff, Center for the Political Future, USC David and Dana Dornsife

Ellyce Cooper

Leelai Demoz
Small Ax

Michelle Herczog
Social Studies Director, Los Angeles County Department of Education

Cynthia Hirschhorn
Unycyn Civic Arts, Civicas, River LA Board Member

Edgar Khalatian
Attorney, Mayer Brown

Laura Krafft
TV Writer

Steve Krone
Lawyer, Movie Executive

Christian Lindke
Program Director, Arsalyn Program of Ludwick Family Foundation

Tony Pennay
Chief Learning Officer, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute

Erica Rameriz
Teacher, CHAS Academy – Hawkins Campus

Saul Sarabia
Founder and Principal, Solidarity Consulting

Clint Schaff
VP Strategy, Los Angeles Times

Tony Terry
LAUSD Middle School Teacher

Adam Wemmer
Teacher, Cal State Long Beach & Pacifica High School, Garden Grove Unified School District

Jason Woliner
Director and writer

Linda Yaron
Professor, University of Southern California


young people served in the Chicagoland area, California and Washington DC


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


of Mikva alumni encourage their friends and family to be politically engaged, vs. only 35% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


of Mikva alumni continue to volunteer in their communities, vs. only 36% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


of Mikva alumni are registered voters, vs. only 53% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs across the country.


students from 117 schools nationwide presented speeches and/or worked on civic action projects

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