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OUR TEAM

The New Voters executive team is comprised of students from Harvard University and The University of Southern California. Each member has had their own unique experiences in voter engagement. Click on our photos to learn more!

OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

Jahnavi Rao

President & Founder

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Kyle Felter

Director of Mentorship

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Akhila Yalvigi

Director of Training/Resources

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Henry Austin

Director of Outreach

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Nivea Krishnan

Director of Fundraising

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Kate Travis

Director of Partnerships

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OUR INTERNS

We recently welcomed our very first seasonal interns in June of 2020.  We currently have over 30 interns spread across our five departments. They complete our New Voters team.

Interested in becoming an intern with us? Click here!

New Voters Departments

Fundraising

Training

Mentorship

Outreach

Partnership

Communications

The Fundraising team is critical in registering the 100,000 students by the 2020 election in financing both material and administrative support. Through our current model, it takes around $1 to register and inform a student. Through cultivating relationships with high net-worth individuals (i.e. Rich People), running crowdfunding campaigns and identifying and applying for grants, the Fundraising team is the reason New Voters exists at all. On top of that, each team member gains valuable experience in public speaking, pitching (or presenting), writing persuasive applications, and running the administrative side of an organization. Fundraising is integral to anything in the political world and this is a great way to get experience!

The Training team is responsible for developing supplemental materials for participating high schools to refer to through their voter engagement efforts. We just released our first “Voter Registration Drive In a Box” toolkit for all 50 states, which includes information about a particular state’s election laws as well as a registration drive planning guide. Through the summer, we will be working to optimize this toolkit by soliciting feedback from participating high schools. Additionally, we develop programming (agendas, slides, etc.) for training calls with partners. Our bottom-line goal is to ensure that New Voters is providing effective, accurate resources to best equip participating schools with the knowledge and information they need to succeed!

The Mentorship Department’s role revolves around overseeing the implementation of New Voter’s signature college mentor to high school student mentee mentorship model. Members of this team recruit new mentors nationwide, host mentorship training calls and create biweekly mentor assignments. This department has recently rolled out its Mentor Coordinator Position which requires proper management. Over the summer, this team will be initializing various phases of mentor recruitment, checking in with mentees to monitor mentor effectiveness as well as tracking impact through reviewing reports submitted by participating high schools, and will respond to any inquiries put forth by mentors, mentees, or administrations. 

To amplify the youth vote, the Outreach team will be working to establish new connections and partnerships with hundreds of high schools across the country. This will include reaching out to school administration, faculty, and students to provide resources for each high school to run civic engagement drives and events. Besides reaching new high schools, the Outreach team will also be focused on identifying and establishing leaders at the state level to oversee and organize youth voter registration efforts leading up to the 2020 election. 

The Partnerships Team focuses on reaching students by coordinating our efforts with other organizations who have similar goals. New Voters has already established partnerships with Students Demand Action, March for Our Lives Pennsylvania, High School Democrats of America, and High School Republicans of Texas. This summer the Partnerships team will focus on identifying more potential partners for new voters, and reaching out to those organizations to find ways to work together. Additionally, the Partnerships team will focus on strengthening our relationships with current partners through regular check-ins with leadership and joint projects to engage students and get out the youth vote.

The Communications Team is a crucial part of our organization that focuses on media and news coverage. Work within communications includes working on our newsletter, press releases, and working on our social media pages. Summer interns will play a huge role in getting word out about all of the things New Voters is accomplishing to help build up our organization.