Meet The Class of 2017-2018
We are still in the process of recruiting and finalizing the class of 2017-2018. If you have a great service leader in mind, please tell us about him or her.
Congressman Seth Moulton
US Marine Corps
2018 re-elect, Massachusetts' 6th District
Seth believes we need more service-oriented leaders in Washington who will put the people first. Following the words of his mentor, the late Rev. Peter Gomes, "Believing in the right thing is not good enough... you ought to go do it," Seth's career has been one of service.
Following his graduation, Seth joined the Marine Corps in 2001. Although Seth disagreed with the Iraq War, Seth served his country and led his platoon -- eventually serving four tours of duty in Iraq over five years. Seth led an infantry platoon during the 2003 invasion and was in the first Marine company to enter Baghdad.
Congressman Mike Gallagher
US Marine Corps
2018 re-elect, Wisconsin's 8th District
Mike joined the United States Marine Corps the day he graduated from college and served for seven years on active duty as a Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Officer and Regional Affairs Officer for the Middle East/North Africa, eventually earning the rank of Captain. He deployed twice to Al Anbar Province, Iraq as a commander of intelligence teams, served on General Petraeus’s Central Command Assessment Team in the Middle East, and worked for three years in the intelligence community, including tours at the National Counterterrorism Center and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Mike also served as the lead Republican staffer for Middle East, North Africa and Counterterrorism on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Prior to taking office, Mike worked in the private sector at a global energy and supply chain management company in Green Bay.
After earning his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, Mike went on to earn a master’s degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University, a second in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University, and his PhD in International Relations from Georgetown.
State Senator Shenna Bellows
Peace Corps and AmeriCorps
2018 re-elect, Maine's 14th District
Shenna Bellows is a Peace Corps and AmeriCorps volunteer running for the Maine State Senate. As a Peace Corps volunteer, Shenna helped establish microlending programs in Panama, and worked on economic empowerment programs for public housing residents through AmeriCorps.
More recently, Shenna served as the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. Shenna is running for State Senate to ensure that Mainers have good jobs, an education system that sets students up for success, and affordable healthcare for all.
State Senator Adam Hinds
United Nations Political Officer
2018 re-elect, Massachusetts' Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District
Adam currently serves as the Executive Director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, where he helps promote dialogue and action on emerging community issues.
Prior to his work with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Adam served for seven years as a United Nations Political Officer focused on diplomacy in Iraq and Syria, and as coordinator of the Pittsfield Community Connection program, which seeks to combat youth violence and gang influences.
Representative David Bowen
Public Allies AmeriCorps
2018 re-elect for State Assembly, Milwaukee, WI
Bowen was born in Milwaukee, son of Jamaican immigrants. He graduated with honors from Bradley Tech High School in 2005. He participated in the youth leadership program of the Milwaukee non-profit organization Urban Underground and the AmeriCorps program, Public Allies. He volunteered with Urban Underground attending the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, studying educational policy and community studies.
In April 2012 he was elected to the County Board for District 10, at which time he was the youngest member of that board and one of the youngest black elected officials in the history of theMilwaukee metropolitan area. He was the lead author of a living wage bill requiring all companies doing business with Milwaukee County to be paid $11.32 an hour. David is currently Vice-Chair of the State Democratic Party.
Representative Jonathan Brostoff
Public Allies AmeriCorps
2018 re-elect for State Assembly, Milwaukee, WI
Jonathan is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin’s 19th State Assembly District. He is District Director for Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson. Previously, he worked as a legislative aide to Milwaukee County Supervisor Jason Haas. Jonathan also served on the Board of the ACLU of Wisconsin.
Jonathan has served the Milwaukee community in a number of ways since he took his first volunteer position with Pathfinders, a youth homeless shelter, at age 14. After graduating from high school, he joined AmeriCorps’ Public Allies program, where he completed a ten-month leadership and non-profit apprenticeship at SDC’s Family Support Program.
Representative David Crowley
Public Allies AmeriCorps
2018 re-elect for State Assembly, Milwaukee, WI
David Crowley is currently the chair of the ACLU of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chapter. David’s foundation of community and organizing was formed as a youth at Urban Underground. David served in the AmeriCorps program Public Allies. Since then, David has worked throughout the region as a community and political organizer. He currently works as the Policy Director for State Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd.
"Not only is serving this district a passion of mine, but with the right ideas and our community at heart, I believe we can improve the conditions of District 7 and our city.”
Representative Juana Matias
Justice Americorps Legal Advocate
Congressional Candidate, Massachusetts 3rd District; currently State Representative for Massachusetts' 16th Essex District
Juana is a AmeriCorps alumna and State Representative from Lawrence, Massachusetts who is now running for Congress in Massachusetts' Third Congressional District. She migrated from the Dominican Republic to the United States in the late 1980s. In 2008, Juana was selected as one out of 22 women to be part of the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s Latina’s Learning to Lead Fellowship Program. In 2009, Juana received a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. During college, Juana served as the Undergraduate Student Government President, advocating for student interests and overseeing a $900k student activity budget. After college Juana worked as a Social Worker serving the Lawrence, Lowell, and Haverhill communities, then attended law school at Suffolk University. After graduating law school, Juana continued her commitment to public service by working as a Justice Americorps Legal Advocate for Central West Justice Center and Affiliate of Community Legal Aid, a joint initiative of the Department of Justice and AmeriCorps. There, she served as an immigration advocate seeking humanitarian based immigration relief for unaccompanied children in removal proceedings.
As a State Representative, Juana has sponsored key legislation to make college affordable, increase the minimum wage, and expand opportunities for middle class Americans. When a horrific crime that included the kidnapping of a teenager and a lack of response shocked residents across Massachusetts, Juana stepped up to bring together local community groups, activists, and the local police department to find solutions and protect future victims. Importantly, she reached out to law enforcement leaders across the district to ensure that the response to the issue was comprehensive and took into account the day-to-day work of police officers throughout Massachusetts.
Juana believes that it’s time we send someone to Congress who will put people over politics. She will fight to ensure every person has an opportunity to achieve the American dream, including access to a first-class education, good paying jobs, and retirement security.
Representative Chris Soto
US Coast Guard
2018 re-elect, Connecticut's 39th District
Chris Soto is a candidate for State Representative in New London, Connecticut. He spent five years as a Coast Guard Officer, first assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter VALIANT as an Assistant Engineer Officer. Chris was subsequently stationed in New York City at the Maritime Safety & Security Team, where he served as Team Leader and Officer-In-Charge of an Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Unit conducting Port Security Missions around the country.
After entering the education field in Boston, Chris returned to his native New London and founded Higher Edge, an organization that helps young people get to and through college. He also teaches at Connecticut College.
Whether its increasing student access to higher education, residents to become firefighters, or connecting people to jobs, Chris is passionate about creating access to opportunity for all of New London.
Councilor Rysheema Dixon
2018 re-elect, City Councilor-at-Large in Wilmington, DE
Rsyheema serves as the Chief Executive Officer & President of RD Innovative Planning, a strategy consulting business that she created in September 2011 after completing two terms of service in Public Allies Delaware, an AmeriCorps program associated with the University of Delaware Center for Community Research and Service. She is a community development strategist working toward creating a sustainable future for community members through projects and events to address local concerns and issues.
Councilor Jake Auchincloss
US Marine Corps
2017 re-elect, City Councilor-at-Large in Newton, MA
After graduating from Harvard in 2010, Jake served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. He commanded a platoon of 30 Marines on a combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 and then joined a special operations unit, where he commanded a 60-man counter-narcotics operation in Panama. Jake is now a captain in the Reserves.
Since returning home in late 2013, Jake has been a research associate at Harvard Kennedy School, where he wrote about best practices in local government and joined Governor Baker’s Transition Committee on Better Government. Jake has also been a partner at a successful Boston start-up.
2018 re-elect, School Board in Detroit, MI
Misha is a City Year alumna and candidate for Detroit School Board who has spent the last 12 years advocating for positive youth development. She co-founded a women’s empowerment group called Rosie’s--after Rosie the Riveter--in high school that provided near-peer mentorship of middle school girls, and worked for the Gary Comer Youth Center while studying at the University of Chicago. Misha also taught creative writing to 2nd graders in Chicago.
While serving in Los Angeles United School District classrooms as a City Year Corps member, Misha looked for solutions to underperforming educational system through her work as an after school programmer and evaluation coordinator. Due to her commitment to urban social work, she chose to pursue her Master’s through the Community Based Initiatives Scholarship Program at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. As the Youth Coordinator for the Cody Rouge Community Action
Alliance, Misha began to apply solutions while also emphasizing the importance of youth participating in their own solution development. She has always fought for programs and services that develop the whole child—including the child’s love for learning and their social/emotional growth.
Misha Stallworth is running for School Board because of her passion for youth development in Detroit neighborhoods. She believes that increasing the accessibility to a quality education for all Detroit students will increase their access to greater opportunities, and she is determined to build strong foundations for neighborhoods by helping to improve her local school system.
Teach for America
Candidate for Governor of Colorado
Mike grew up in Eagle County, Colorado, where his family ran a small hotel and he learned firsthand the challenges and rewards of operating a small business. After graduating from college and law school, Mike became a public school teacher in one of Mississippi’s most impoverished counties and then a public school principal in a juvenile detention center and a high-needs district north of Denver.
Mike was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 2009, where he passed several major education bills before retiring due to term limits in 2017. Mike is running for Governor in order to bridge the divide between rural and urban Coloradans and build a Colorado ready for the challenges of the next century.
US Navy SEAL
Congressional Candidate, California 50th District
Josh first came to San Diego County in 1988 for training to become a Navy Seal and currently lives on a small ranch in Jamul where he raised his children, one of whom currently serves in the military. Josh was able to use the GI Bill while serving and currently works in the private sector on military contracts for dive equipment.
Josh was inspired to continue serving his community as a public official when a local news station reported that there were not enough people running for his local school board. He successfully won election to the Jamul Dulzura School Board in 2016. Josh is running for Congress to continue his service by fighting for the families of veterans and expanding access to education and healthcare.
Congressional Candidate, Colorado 6th District
Since leaving the Army in 2006, Jason has been an outspoken and results-oriented advocate for his fellow veterans in Colorado and across the country. In 2012, fueled by the same patriotism and sense of justice that drove him to enlist in the military, Jason spoke at the Democratic National Convention, making the case for President Obama’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He has also advised President Obama’s reelection campaign on military and veterans’ issues, co-chaired Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Veterans Affairs Transition Committee, and co-chaired Veterans for Mark Udall.
Jason served 5 years on the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs, focusing on veterans homelessness and substance abuse issues. He also chaired the statewide veterans committee that led the charge to bring the Denver Veterans Medical Center to Aurora – replacing an overcrowded, 60-year-old VA hospital no longer able to meet the need.
In his professional life, Jason practices law at Holland & Hart, where he’s focused on helping local businesses both small and large understand the regulatory and business environment and solve legal problems so they can responsibly grow and succeed.
US Army and Teach for America
Congressional Candidate, Minnesota 1st District
Dan Feehan grew up in Red Wing, Minnesota, in the state’s 1st Congressional District. From 2005 through 2009, he served as an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army and completed two combat tours of duty as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In Iraq, Dan searched for roadside bombs and pursued those threatening Americans and Iraqis alike, earning the Bronze Star for Service, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, and the Ranger Tab.
After the military, Dan continued his service by teaching first graders on Chicago’s south side for two years, followed by two years spent as a middle school math teacher in Gary, Indiana. Dan then earned a Masters at Harvard Kennedy School and was asked to serve in the Obama Administration, first as a White House Fellow and then as an acting Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. Following his in the Administration, Dan moved back to Minnesota. Dan and his wife Amy, an elementary school teacher, want to raise their two young boys, Conor and Declan, in the same southern Minnesota that instilled the value of service in Dan.
Congressional Candidate, Ohio 7th District
Ken Harbaugh has spent a lifetime in service to his country. He grew up in a military family, the son and grandson of Air Force combat pilots. When it was his turn, Ken joined the Navy, and led reconnaissance missions in the Middle East and off of North Korea. Like his father and grandfather before him, Ken learned that duty and honor are not just words. They are promises.
Ken is a family man, a loyal husband and a devoted father. When his second daughter was born needing multiple surgeries, Ken took a tough job, often spending weeks away from his wife and kids, so that his family would have health care and his daughter would have the treatment she required.
Throughout that ordeal, Ken stayed true to the ideals of duty and honor. He became a leading advocate for military veterans, most recently serving as President of Team Rubicon Global, an aid organization that has trained more than 45,000 military veterans to deploy to natural disasters in the U.S. and around the world. Ken is now running for Congress in Ohio’s Seventh Congressional District.
Congressional Candidate, Virginia 10th District
Dan is a U.S. Army veteran, business strategist, husband, and father. His wife, Karen, is a public school teacher, and their two young sons, Harris and Aaron, attend class just down the hall from their mom. Dan, the son and grandson of immigrants, has devoted much of his life to serving the country that welcomed his family when they were refugees -- and that enabled them to thrive thereafter.
After high school he enrolled at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and, over the course of his military career, served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Korea, witnessing firsthand the potential and limits of American power.
A Rhodes Scholar and the recipient of the Bronze Star, Dan has traveled with his family throughout the country and the world on behalf of the United States. After his time with the Army, Dan began serving as a strategic adviser at a major international strategy firm, where he has helped public and private sector institutions innovate, solve complex problems, and more effectively serve Americans.
US Air Force and Teach for America
Congressional Candidate, Pennsylvania 6th District
Chrissy is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and career naval office. She earned her engineering degree from Stanford with an ROTC scholarship and received her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT. Chrissy served as a Captain in the USAFR; 3 years Active and 13 years Inactive Reserves. She also served as COO of AND1 Basketball, helping transform the company from a startup to a major apparel and footwear brand. Chrissy also worked as a chemistry teacher in North Philadelphia and was a Teach for America Corps member. Most recently, Chrissy served as President and COO/CFO for Springboard Collaborative, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved communities country-wide
Chrissy is the mother of Molly and Carly, 24 and 22, and lives with her husband, Bart, in Devon.
Roger Dean Huffstetler
US Marine Corps
Congressional Candidate, Virginia 5th District
Roger Dean “RD” Huffstetler is a Marine veteran and entrepreneur running for Congress in Virginia’s 5th District. RD was born at the Gaston County Hospital in North Carolina and grew up in a rural family. With the help of public schools, mentors, and scholarships, he became the first in his family to graduate from college at the University of West Georgia.
In 2003, RD enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in a Prowler Unit responsible for conducting airborne electronic warfare and deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant in 2007, RD attended Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government on the GI Bill. After school, he spent five years working for technology companies and eventually started his own. RD and his wife Emily live in Charlottesville where she works as an OB/GYN at Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Congressional Candidate, Texas 21st District
Joseph Kopser is an entrepreneur, veteran, and proud father of three. From joining the military at West Point to creating good-paying jobs right here in Texas, Joseph has dedicated his life to service. Joseph served in the Army for 20 years, earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab, and Bronze Star.
He’s dedicated his post-military career to building innovative companies and empowering workers. After returning from war, he co-founded and served as CEO of RideScout, a Texas-born tech company that made commutes easier. In 2013, the White House recognized Joseph as a Champion of Change for his efforts in energy and transportation.
Most recently, Joseph has put his Army leadership expertise to work helping governments and companies solve complex problems. As the president of Grayline, he brings together experts and data to help craft solutions to the problems of our day and manage disruptive change.
In his free time, Joseph advises the nonprofit Bunker Labs in Austin and San Antonio, helping veterans become successful entrepreneurs and community leaders. He co-founded 60×30 Works to improve education and workforce training to meet the needs of Texas’ evolving economy. In addition, he co-founded and served as Chairman of the National Security Technology Accelerator working to improve US Energy Security policy – and also serves with the Texas Lyceum, the Truman National Security Project, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the Texas Association of Business. Joseph lives in Austin with his wife and three daughters – one each in high school, college, and graduate school.
US Marine Corps
Congressional Candidate, North Carolina 9th District
Dan McCready is a Marine Corps veteran, business leader, husband, and father of four. Dan first felt called to serve our country in the years after 9/11. Though Dan had planned to put his economics degree to work and follow his friends into business after graduation, he joined the Marines instead. Dan led 65 Marines in the 2007 Iraq surge.
Dan found his next mission in clean American energy. After graduating from Harvard Business School and working at McKinsey & Company, he started a company in Charlotte that helped build dozens of solar farms throughout North Carolina and helped put hundreds of North Carolinians to work. Dan played a key role in helping North Carolina become number two in the country for solar energy capacity.
Today, Dan once again finds himself called to serve. He’s running because he feels the American Dream is under attack by Washington politicians who put themselves before the people they serve. They put their party before their country, special interests before working families, and posturing before solutions. Dan believes every family that works hard should be able to build a better life for their children. He’s volunteering to fight once again — this time against a broken Washington for the families of the Ninth District.
US Marine Corps
Congressional Candidate, Kentucky 6th District
When Amy McGrath was 12 years old, she fell in love with military fighter jets. Wondering why there were no women flying, Amy discovered there was a federal law in the U.S. prohibiting women from serving in combat roles. Amy began writing letters to members of Congress advocating for change to remove the restriction on women and wrote every member of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees. During her senior year of high school, the combat exclusion law was lifted.
Amy attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1997 with a B.S. in Political Science. She was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, where she went on to complete flight school and reported to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, CA as an F/A-18D Hornet Weapons Systems Officer. She then completed a tour in Iraq, becoming the first female marine to fly in an F-18 on a combat mission.
In 2009, Amy married U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Erik Henderson and both were later deployed to Afghanistan. They now have three children. In 2011, Amy was assigned to Washington D.C. as a Marine Corps Congressional Fellow, serving as defense and foreign affairs policy advisor to Rep. Susan Davis of San Diego. She then served in the Pentagon as the Marine Corps’ liaison. Having reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Amy’s last assignment was teaching at the U.S. Naval Academy. Amy retired from the Marine Corps on June 1, 2017 after 20 years.
Congressional Candidate, New York 19th District
As a West Point-trained Army officer and technology entrepreneur, Pat Ryan’s career has been driven by service to our nation. Born and raised in Kingston, New York, Pat’s family roots in Ulster County reach back generations. After graduating with honors from West Point, Pat served two combat tours in Iraq, including a tour as the lead intelligence officer for an infantry battalion of 1,000 soldiers and officers responsible for ground operations in Mosul.
While in a war zone in Iraq, Pat experienced how outdated technology was limiting and endangering our troops. After leaving the military with the rank of Captain, Pat launched a technology firm that worked to save lives by equipping troops with better tools to understand the combat landscape and track battlefield events in real time. In just a few years, Pat grew the small business from 5 to 150 employees, over half of whom were veterans. At a time when government is paralyzed by political gridlock, Pat is running for Congress to restore a sense of service to Washington.
Congressional Candidate, West Virginia 2nd District
Aaron is a West Point graduate, Iraq War veteran, and first time candidate running for Congress in West Virginia’s second congressional district. After earning a dual degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and Columbia Business School and working in management consulting, Aaron helped build and lead The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit focused on reintegrating veterans through civic leadership and community development. Aaron was also an early participant in New Politics Leadership Academy’s political leadership development program, Answering the Call
Aaron will bring this civic leadership experience to Congress, where he will work to improve healthcare, invest in career training, care for our elders, fight the opioid epidemic, and expand both infrastructure and broadband access across the state. Aaron and his wife Natasha are raising their daughter Emilia at his family's headquarters in Hedgesville, West Virginia.
Congressional Candidate, New Jersey 11th District
Mikie Sherrill is a Naval Academy graduate, Navy Pilot, and former federal prosecutor. After graduating in 1994, Mikie spent almost 10 years on active duty in the United States Navy. As a Sea King Helicopter pilot, Mikie flew missions throughout Europe and the Middle East. She worked on the Battle Watch Floor in the European Theater during the Iraq invasion, and served as a Flag Aide to the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
After leaving the Navy in 2003, Mikie attended law school at Georgetown University. She worked in private practice and eventually joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey. As an Outreach and Reentry Coordinator, Mikie developed programs to help prevent crime in the community. These programs developed trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve and helped people leaving prison gain employment, housing, and education in order to restart their lives. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mikie prosecuted federal cases and advised law enforcement on investigations.
Mikie has a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Master’s degree in Global History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Law Degree from Georgetown University. Mikie and her husband, Jason, a fellow Naval Academy graduate, live in Montclair, New Jersey, where they are raising their four children ages 11, 10, seven, and five. Mikie coaches her daughter’s lacrosse team and manages her son’s soccer team.
Maryland House of Delegates Candidate in the 40th District
Gabriel Auteri is a lawyer, an educator, an advocate, and a family man. From co-founding a program to build school rooms, to shaping young minds as a high-school history teacher, to serving as the right hand to the visionary Dr. Leana Wen in the Baltimore City Health Department, Gabriel has made it his life’s work to address everything from education issues, to health disparities, to poverty, and so much more.
At the Health Department, Gabriel has been able to dive head-first into critical issues affecting Baltimore, whether it was ensuring that all of our children have access to eyeglasses, a critical learning tool, or helping to build a public health response to the uprising to ensure that residents had access to life-saving medications, or working to build a process to ensure that drug treatment facilities work with their communities to ensure safety, community involvement, and quality treatment. Gabriel lives in Baltimore with his wife, Rachel, and their new daughter, Rose.
US Air Force
Virginia House of Delegates Candidate in the 40th District
Donte is a husband, Air Force veteran, and a small business owner here in Northern Virginia. Donte grew up in a family dedicated to public service. His dad served in the Navy, and later in the police force alongside Donte’s mom. His parent’s dedication to serving their country and community inspired Donte to do the same.
Donte was accepted into the United States Air Force Academy in 1997. Donte rose through the ranks and became an Air Force Captain at the age of 25, where he served for four years, leading a team working on Space and Missile systems. During this time, Donte worked to make the military more efficient by delivering projects on time and under budget.After leaving the Air Force, Donte has worked as a government contractor.
Donte is ready to combine his years of experience making government more efficient and his commitment to service by running for the 40th District of the Virginia House of Delegates.
City Year Staff Alum
Elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in the 42nd District
Kathy came to America as a refugee from Vietnam before she was two years old. For her family, this country represented hope, opportunity, and freedom. Now, she's running for the Virginia House of Delegates to safeguard and advance the American ideals that brought her family here.
Kathy has devoted her career to ensuring that all Americans have the skills they need to succeed. At the U.S. Department of Labor, Kathy shaped and implemented national workforce development policies and programs, like the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, bipartisan legislation that expanded professional opportunities and transitional assistance for active duty service members and veterans. She most recently worked at the National Immigration Forum, advocating for policies that prepare all workers, including immigrants, to reach their full career potential.
Juanita Perez Williams
Candidate for Mayor of Syracuse, New York
Juanita Perez Williams is a Mexican-American, whose grandparents migrated from Guanajuato, Mexico. Her parents played an important role in her life, always struggling to make ends meet however devoted to activism in the farmworkers movement. As a child, Juanita participated in one of the first Early Head-Start programs, was a recipient of free student lunches, attended college through the Equal Opportunity Program and in 1986 received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. After receiving her law degree, Juanita served five-years in the Navy Judge Advocates Program (JAGC) where she handled high profile criminal cases, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Upon completion of her military service, Juanita relocated with her family to Upstate New York. In 2001 she accepted a legal position with Syracuse University and soon thereafter was promoted to Associate Dean of Students. In 2008, Juanita was appointed by then Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to serve New York State as an Assistant Attorney General.
Candidate for County Executive, Orange County, New York
Patrick Davis is a third-generation combat veteran committed to service. In the image of his grandparents, he and his wife Alexis, both Army veterans of the War in Iraq, also settled in Orange County to start their family after leaving the service.
After meeting Alexis and graduating with honors from West Point, Patrick served two combat tours in Iraq for a total of 27 months. Patrick was on the front lines as a platoon leader responsible for leading daily combat patrols between Balad and Samarra, along one of the most heavily attacked portions of Iraq’s main supply route. Later, Patrick served as the lead logistics officer of a 600-person Army Cavalry unit which fought alongside Marines in Ramadi and Fallujah.
After leaving the military as a Captain, Patrick entered the private sector, working for top tier business consulting and accounting firms to help design and implement solutions to identify non-compliant behavior, reduce conflicts of interest, and curb excess in many of the world’s largest financial institutions. During this time, Patrick also earned his MBA at Wharton.
US Navy and US Marine Corps
Candidate for City Councilor-at-Large, Charlotte, North Carolina
Ryan McGill was born and raised in the Reno/Carson area of Nevada, went to public schools, and enlisted in the Navy when he was 17 and had graduated from high school. He served for four years, including as a Navy diver aboard the USS Emory S Land in Norfolk VA, and upon completion of his service, Ryan attended the University of Nevada-Reno and earned a BA in International Affairs.
Like many Americans, Ryan was altered permanently by 9/11, and he decided to serve again, this time as an officer in the Marine Corps. Ryan was trained in flight school to fly the CH-46E helicopter and was stationed out of Camp Pendleton, CA. Ryan served for eight years in the Marines, including three combat deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following his service, Ryan received a Master’s in Leadership from Northeastern University and joined the private sector, in addition to becoming a board member of the Seven Stars Foundation, founding OUTVETS, and being a political partner with the Truman National Security Project. Ryan now works as a project manager for a Charlotte-based residential construction small business and flies Blackhawk helicopters for the National Guard out of Salisbury, North Carolina.
Elected to School Board in Milwaukee, WI in 2017
Paula is a City Year alumna and candidate for the public school board in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Paula is a first generation Filipina-American who developed a lifelong passion for education after seeing the tremendous impact it had on her own life and stabilizing influence it can have on those with difficult lives at home.
Paula spent over three years working for City Year in Milwaukee and a year as a Public Ally, earning degrees from Milwaukee Area Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison along the way. Paula is running for the school board in order to advocate for the success of every child in her district through supporting educators and strengthening community partnerships.