• SLSV Advisory Board

    The SLSV Advisory Board helps lead Coalition strategy, establish goals, and determine recipients of subgrants. The current cohort serves until January 31, 2019.

    Karena Cronin

    Andrew Goodman Foundation

    Karena Cronin is the Program Director of Vote Everywhere, The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s flagship youth and democracy initiative. In her role, she works closely with a national network of colleges and universities to amplify young voices in our democracy. Karena has extensive civic engagement experience, having worked domestically and internationally to enable diverse forms of engagement through research, convening, and program development. She spent the last 10 years in South Africa, working with local and international non-profit organizations such as CIVICUS and Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa to strengthen youth civic service, corporate employee volunteering, and international volunteering in support of development and social change. Prior to her work in South Africa, Karena was a Council of Women World Leaders Fellow and the Associate Director of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

    Alex Dennis

    East Carolina University

    Alex Dennis is the Assistant Director for the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He joined the center in September of 2017, prior to that he worked in academic advising and as a high school social studies teacher. He hold a BS in Social Science Education and a MS in Counselor Education.

    Jeremy Garson

    Bridge Alliance

    Jeremy Garson is Legal Counsel and Associate Projects Directors of the Bridge Alliance. He joined the Bridge Alliance in October 2017 after serving as in-house counsel for the International Association of Firefighters from February 2016 through September 2017. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2014 and is licensed in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

    Sophie Haddad

    UC San Diego

    Sophie is a second-year philosophy major at UC San Diego. She got involved in civic engagement work with her school's CALPIRG chapter, where she is now the Vice Chair. Sophie runs grassroots campaigns for public interest issues, trains students on civic engagement work, and networks at state and national conferences to increase civic participation among students.​

    John Locke

    Walk 2 Vote

    John Brian Locke IV founder of the National Walk 2 Vote initiative and Project Solon and a previous student body president of the University of Houston-Downtown for two consecutive terms. He has received recognition from Houston’s City Council members, Mayor of Houston and Congress for his work in the community including civic engagement, volunteerism and empowerment. He also has been recognized as Student of the Year Award, at the Circle of Change Leadership Conference in Los Angeles, CA. John received an honorary degree from the International Education Parliament in 2016 for his commitment to improving higher education and his presentation on higher education best practices. He has also given presentations and speeches at many notable conferences such as NAPA, Points of Light Conference, NCLC and published an article in the AACU’s Diversity & Democracy called, The Power to Influence Positive Change: A Student’s Perspective.


    Debi Lombardi

    Campus Vote Project

    Debi Lombardi is the National Program Director at Campus Vote Project. Prior to working with CVP, she worked in leadership development and voting rights in Montana. Her focus has and continues to be youth voting rights and leadership development.


    Emily O’Hara


    Emily O'Hara is a sophomore pre-law Political Science major with a minor in English. While she is studying abroad in London, UK at present, Emily is the former Secretary of ConnPIRG, ran the 2017 Save the Bees Campaign, and worked as the Class Announcements Coordinator on the 2016 New Voters Project. She is passionate about the youth vote, and is excited to return to the States to work on the 2018 New Voters Project, as well as to serve on the SLSV Coalition Advisory Board.

    Verdis Robinson

    The Democracy Commitment

    Verdis L. Robinson is the Director for Community College Engagement at Campus Compact. As an advocate of community college civic education, Robinson directs The Democracy Commitment (TDC) initiative as part of his portfolio and continues the work he began two years ago as the national director of TDC, expanding membership, resources, and programming opportunities for community colleges. Before becoming national director of TDC, Robinson was a tenured Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, NY, where he taught web-enhanced, writing-intensive, service learning history courses for ten years.


    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.

    Dan Xie

    Student PIRGs​

    As the Political Director for the Student Public Interest Research Groups, Dan manages coalition relationships and advises PIRG chapters on college campuses across the country on issues ranging from climate change to civic engagement. Since starting with the Student PIRGs in 2005, Dan has overseen successful field campaigns to stop the oil industry from overturning California's global warming warming laws, fund programs that have have saved students millions of dollars on textbook in New Jersey, and convince major fast food chains to change their meat purchasing policies to save antibiotics. She has knocked on doors for environmental and public interest campaigns in 12 states and the District of Columbia.​