• SLSV Advisory Board

    The SLSV Advisory Board helps lead Coalition strategy, establish goals, and determine recipients of subgrants. The current cohort serves until September 30, 2018.

    Steven Adelson

    Stony Brook University

    Steven Adelson is a Residence Hall Director in the Department of Residential Programs at Stony Brook University, as well as Co-Direct of the new Center for Civic Justice. Since arriving in 2012, Steven has provided vision the institution's transformed commitment to civic and democratic engagement through student empowerment. Steven earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (2015) and Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration (2017) from Stony Brook University, and he is pursuing his Doctorate in Education at Northeastern University.

    Karl Catarata

    University of Nevada Las Vegas The Intersection - Multicultural Resource Center

    Karl Catarata is a Filipino-American author and community organizer living in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas studying for his Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science with a minor focus in Leadership and Civic Engagement. He currently works as a Community Organizer with Organizing For Action and as a Communications Fellow at the Center For Community Change Action. In Nevada, Karl serves as a board member for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Intersection Multicultural Resource Center that engages first-year students. In his spare time, you can find him organizing rallies in Nevada such as the March For Our Lives, Women's March, Tax March, and Zero Hour Climate March to empower and engage young Nevadans.

    Sara Clark

    Democracy Works

    Sara is a partnerships associate on the TurboVote team at Democracy Works, helping higher education partners engage their campuses with the tool. She comes to Democracy Works with a political and nonprofit background, having worked on campaigns as well as in the educational endowment space. A graduate of Williams College and a Pennsylvania native, she has made the move to New York City to work in the Democracy Works Brooklyn office.

    Ryan Drysdale

    Inspire U.S.

    Ryan Drysdale is a Regional Program Manager with Inspire U.S. and helped establish the Inspire Colorado program. He now focuses on the post-secondary voter engagement pipeline and partnerships. He enjoys cooking vegetarian food, exploring the outdoors, and live music.

    Spencer Long

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Spencer Long serves as the Associate Director of Student Development Services at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is directly responsible for the oversight of the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. He is directly responsible for the oversight of the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement with programming and services centered on leadership development, volunteer and community service, and civic learning and democratic engagement. Through this role, Spencer works to transform leaders and develop lifelong active citizens who work towards positive social change. He brings ten years of experience from three different states and institutions to the Advisory Board.

    Senya Merchant

    Generation Progress

    Senya currently works on student debt and college affordability as apart of the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign run out of Generation Progress, the youth advocacy and engagement arm of the Center for American Progress. Prior her work at CAP, Senya served in the Obama White House as an intern in the White House Office of Management and Budget where she aided policy experts, legislative staff, and OMB Director Donovan in working with Congress to pass a progressive budget for FY15 that addressed the youth migrant crisis on the southern border and further bolstered communities suffering from the economic recession. Senya is from Sacramento, CA and graduated from The George Washington University with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a focus in public policy in 2014.

    Kharl Reynado

    ConnPIRG Students

    I'm Kharl! I'm a junior human rights and economics major from the University of Connecticut with the hopes of going to law school. The first campaign I ran was the New Voters Project during the 2016 Presidential Election. We helped register students across campus to vote and it sparked my passion for civic engagement and student empowerment.

    Shaniece Simmons

    Rock the Vote

    Prior to joining Rock the Vote, Shaneice worked for Resolution Media and Coca Cola in advertising and marketing. Shaneice received her B.A. in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2014. Shaneice has a passion for pop culture and working on social issues that will shape our future.

    Amy Butler Smith

    National Campus Leadership Council

    Amy serves as the Deputy Director for National Campus Leadership Council, a national nonprofit committed to the cultivation, strength, and advancement of student leadership by supporting 500+ current and former student leaders. Building from her M.Ed. in Higher Education and 5+ years of professional nonprofit management experience, Amy is committed to ensuring that the SLSV Coalition prioritizes initiatives that put students in the drivers seat.

    Clarissa Unger

    Young Invincibles

    Clarissa Unger is the Director of Civic Engagement for Young Invincibles. In this capacity, she leads the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, which promotes nonpartisan civic engagement on college campuses. Clarissa has a background in advocacy, communications, fundraising, and political campaigns, and has worked on strategic campaigns both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining YI, Clarissa served as the Development Coordinator for the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas where she helped to promote civic engagement on campus. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Science in Comparative European Politics from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.