Nation’s largest young-voter organization welcomes new board members to set strategic vision for voter registration and mobilization efforts in 2022 and beyond
Austin, Texas — NextGen America, the nation’s largest organization welcoming 18-to-35 year olds into the democratic process, on Friday announced new members to its board of directors. The board will grow from four to 10 members, with a majority of the membership now women and people of color. The new members add a depth of perspective and expertise in the areas of democratic engagement, voter mobilization and nonprofit management.
“NextGen is committed to building political power for the largest and most diverse generation in American history so that we can finally solve the existential crises facing our country and the world — from climate change to income inequality to democracy in decline,” NextGen America President and Executive Director Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez said. “Our new board represents the diversity and the promise of our country and brings unique expertise to help us accomplish our goals.”
NextGen America was founded by Tom Steyer in 2013, and since then has grown to become the leading organization in the country focused on registering and mobilizing young Americans to engage in the democratic process. NextGen America has registered more than 1.4 million young voters since its founding, and in 2020 alone contacted one in every nine young voters across the country.
In September, NextGen announced its 2022 program and set an election-cycle goal of registering more than 288,000 voters and targeting more than 9 million young people. The effort will represent the country’s largest youth voter-mobilization program, with outreach in Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada and — for the first time ever — Texas. That commitment will continue into 2024.
“NextGen has evolved since its founding to meet the political moment and address the critical challenges facing our democracy and the world,” NextGen Founder Tom Steyer said. “The new board of directors announced today represents the next step in that evolution, and positions NextGen to build the more representative, respectful political system our country needs. I welcome each of our new board members, and am so thankful for their commitment to this essential work.”
Board Member Bios
Ted White, Board Chair
Ted White is a Managing Partner at Fahr LLC. At Fahr, Ted works to advance the goals and shape the business and organizational structure of Fahr’s wide-ranging set of entities, as well as oversee the myriad of legal and financial matters. He is a business attorney and has founded multiple ventures. He is also a partner at Moye White, and serves as a member of the management committee, co-chair of the business section, and the founder of the firm’s advanced energy group. He also founded Estabrook Funds. Ted holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from New York University and a JD from NYU School of Law. He currently splits his time between Colorado and the Bay Area.
Delilah currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Texas Future Project. She recently served as the Interim Executive Director for the Harris County Democratic Party and is the Co-Founder and President of VoteSimple, a digital voter registration nonprofit organization in Texas dedicated to registering young, BIPOC and queer voters. For the historic November 2020 presidential election, she was the National Field Director for Win Justice and a Senior Advisor to the New Georgia Project which successfully helped flip control of the U.S. Senate. Notably, she was the Texas State Director for Beto for America and in 2018 was the Field Director for Stacey Abrams’ 2018 gubernatorial campaign. A native of Houston, TX and the daughter of a Nigerian immigrant, her work is dedicated to ensuring our democracy truly reflects progressive values and the striking diversity of our country.
Zack Davis is a senior advisor to Tom Steyer working on advocacy and philanthropic efforts. Zack is a long time grassroots organizer with deep roots in the Midwest. He has spent over a decade advocating for issues like climate change, clean energy and voting rights. Zack received his Masters in Public Administration from Drake University and his Bachelors in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa.
Andrea Evans has worked extensively at the intersection of law and policy in the private, nonprofit and government sectors. In particular, she has led efforts to promote human rights and women’s rights domestically and abroad. Originally from the East Coast, Andrea has embraced San Francisco as her home and has been very involved in local affairs. She sits on the KIPP Bay Area Board of Trustees and is a former commissioner with the San Francisco Fire Commission and the San Francisco Women’s Commission. Andrea is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
Fleur Fairman is a founding partner with Tom Steyer of Farallon Capital Management and is now an executive at Tinicum Enterprises Inc., a family office. Fleur graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She lives in Brewster, NY with her husband Tim.
Amy Freitag has served as executive director at the J.M. Kaplan Fund since 2014, and was formerly the executive director of the New York Restoration Project and the Tortora Sillcox Family Foundation. She has also worked as a program manager for the World Monuments Fund and as a deputy commissioner of the New York City Parks overseeing design, construction and historic preservation. Amy currently serves on the board of Philanthropy New York, the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation and the New York Preservation Archive Project. Amy holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture / Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Theater and American Studies from Smith College. Amy identifies as part of the LGBTQ community and is based in New York City.
Sarah Grady is the program and grants manager at the Silver Giving Foundation, where she manages their Democracy portfolio focusing on youth organizing for BIPOC youth, criminal justice reform, gun violence prevention, immigrant rights and racial equity. Prior to joining the foundation, Sarah was a program associate on the education team at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Sarah previously worked in development and strategic planning at Council for a Strong America. Sarah serves on the board of the Hope Strengthens Foundation and is the co-chair of the steering committee for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Bay Area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago, and is now based in San Diego.
Tamer Mokhtar co-founded Investing In US, which utilizes a venture capital model in examining hundreds of organizations and founders to determine which are mission-aligned and capable of bringing about scaled impact in the areas of technology integration into voter mobilization efforts, digital media/messaging and turnout. Concurrently, Tamer founded All Americans Vote (AAV), which focuses on non-partisan efforts to engage America’s electorate by elevating turnout among young and diverse voters. Tamer has also worked in quant-based sales/management, corporate sales and executive leadership at both nonprofit and for profit entities, most recently the Advisory Board Company and Education Advisory Board (EAB). Tamer is a graduate of Virginia Tech and received certification in Leadership, Organizing and Action from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Deepak Pateriya has been an organizer, campaigner and alliance builder since the 1990s in community organizing, environmental justice, the labor movement and electoral politics. From 2012 to 2021, Deepak served as chief of staff and later managing director of Community Change and Community Change Action (CC/CCA). Deepak also co-founded Win Justice, the 2018/2020 electoral collaboration of CCA, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Planned Parenthood Votes and Color of Change PAC. Deepak also worked in the labor movement, for SEIU and then the United Food and Commercial Workers, organizing janitorial, health care and retail workers. He also worked at SCOPE/AGENDA in Los Angeles as a community organizer and at the U.S. Student Association. Deepak also serves on the national board of Jobs with Justice, and previously served on the boards of America Votes and the Windcall Institute.
Greg is currently a partner at Redwood Growth Capital, serving on Redwood Grove’s investment committee. Prior to Redwood, Greg spent 32 years at Dodge and Cox, where he was a senior executive and a member of the investment committee. He is a board member of Earthjustice and has been an active member of the Earthjustice Council. Greg received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Oregon State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and now resides in Woodside, CA.
*denotes directors who are newly appointed to the board.
About NextGen America
NextGen America is the leading national organization for engaging young people through voter education, registration and mobilization. We invite 18-to-35 year olds — the largest and most diverse generation in American history — into our democracy to ensure our government works for them and to find new solutions to the dire challenges facing our society and the world. Since 2013, NextGen America has registered more than 1.4 million young voters and educated many millions more, delivering more than the margin of victory for progressives in key races and building an electorate that will lead American politics for decades to come.