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Generation Progress Staff

Generation Progress Staff

Amber Gaither

Amber Gaither

Operations Coordinator

Amber Gaither is the Operations Coordinator for Generation Progress. Amber graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Minor in Public Health. While attending Elon University, Amber studied abroad in Accra, Ghana with the school’s fine arts department. Before joining Generation Progress, she worked as the Communications Intern at the ONE […]

Charlotte Hancock

Charlotte Hancock

Communications Director

Charlotte Hancock is the Communications Director for Generation Progress. She previously worked for GP’s Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign, where she served as the Digital Director, and then as the Program Director. Hancock joined HEND from the Society for Neuroscience, where she worked as the media communications coordinator and grew and managed the society’s global, […]

Mina Jafari

Mina Jafari

Digital Media Associate

Mina Jafari is the Digital Media Associate for Generation Progress, where she is running GenProgress’ social media accounts and producing video and graphic design content. Prior to joining Generation Progress, Mina was the Graphics & Communications Associate and later Digital Media Manager at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and its sister organization NIAC Action. […]

Senya Merchant

Senya Merchant

Organizing Associate

Senya Merchant is an Organizing Associate with Generation Progress’s Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign. Prior to joining American Progress, Merchant served as an intern at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she assisted the Legislative Affairs team and occasionally the director’s office. She also worked as a student fellow and field organizer […]

Kiara Richardson

Kiara Richardson

Organizing Associate

Kiara Richardson an organizing associate for Generation Progress, where she works on the GenProgress climate storybank and organizing the We Are Progress Action trainings in ten states this year. Prior to joining Generation Progress, Richardson served as Program Manager for a non-profit energy conservation company where she became a Certified Energy Manager and worked to […]

Giovanni Rocco

Giovanni Rocco

Press Associate

Giovanni Rocco is the press associate for Generation Progress. Before joining Generation Progress, Rocco was a field organizer with the Florida Democratic Party in Broward County, where he mobilized hundreds of volunteers on behalf of progressive issues and candidates. Previously, he advocated for LGBTQ rights on his college campus as the executive director of the Pride […]

Anisha Singh

Anisha Singh

Senior Organizing Director

Anisha Singh is the senior organizing director for Generation Progress, the youth-engagement arm of American Progress. In this capacity, Singh develops national organizing strategies to bring the experiences of 18- to 35-year-olds to on-the-ground actions in target states. In doing so, she helps shape issue-based campaigns across the multi-issue organization to incorporate the youth perspective […]

Christian Smith

Christian Smith

Organizing Associate

Christian L. Smith is an Organizing Associate with Generation Progress’s Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign—a nationwide, multiyear effort to ensure that a quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all, without the burden of financial hardship. Smith joins the campaign after serving Millennials and students in his home state of Texas within the advocacy […]

Brittney Souza

Organizing Associate

Brittney Souza is an organizing associate for Generation Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Souza was the co-founder of J Street U Chapman and the Olive Tree Initiative at Chapman University, two organizations that address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With the Olive Tree Initiative, she traveled to Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank to study conflict […]

Maggie Thompson

Maggie Thompson

Executive Director

A Wisconsin native, Maggie Thompson is the Executive Director of Generation Progress. Maggie was previously the Campaign Manager for Generation Progress’ Higher Ed Not Debt campaign, a nationwide multiyear effort working to ensure that a quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all without the burden of financial hardship. Prior to joining Generation Progress, Maggie […]