At NextGen America, our mission is to empower young voters to engage in the political process and ensure our government is responsive to the largest and most diverse generation in American history. We are harnessing the power of young voters to reshape the political outcome of our country — not for an election cycle but for a generation.
In 2013, Tom Steyer founded NextGen America (formerly NextGen Climate) because he believed that young people had the power to determine a new, brighter direction for our country on every single major issue that matters.
Today, NextGen America is the nation’s largest youth voter organization, mobilizing millions of young people each year to support progressive candidates up and down the ballot. We are a multi-issue and multi-racial organization that works each election cycle to get millions of young people to the polls and win on the issues that matter to them.
We have registered over 1.4 million young people to vote. In the 2020 election cycle, we spoke to over 10.5 million young voters and got 4.6 million of them to the polls, leading to the largest youth voter turnout in our nation’s history.
At NextGen, we know it’s always taken the courage and imagination of young people to make our country tackle the biggest challenges we face. Our nation needs that courage again to solve climate change, racial injustice, runaway inequality and to save democracy itself.
Cristina has spent the last two decades founding and leading some of the country’s most creative and successful social justice organizations, addressing issues ranging from income inequality and workers’ rights to climate change and voting rights. In 2020, she was a progressive U.S. Senate candidate in Texas, and brings deep experience mobilizing young people of diverse backgrounds to engage and lead in the democratic process. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Keith manages our administrative teams, including our finance, legal, HR, and operations departments. Before joining NextGen, he was an attorney at a large national law firm. He lives in San Francisco.
Kate manages NextGen’s day-to-day operations and key strategic initiatives to ensure we accomplish our goals, plan for the future, and meet our deadlines. Prior to joining NextGen, Kate was on the campaign trail for more than a decade and most recently served as a strategist with one of the country’s leading political communications firms. She also worked on the Hill and in government relations for nonprofits focused on reproductive rights. Kate is a certified copyeditor and licensed attorney. She lives in Washington, DC.
Lillie manages our program team strategy and campaigns, including our political, distributed organizing, data, and digital departments. Before joining NextGen, she ran organizing programs for multiple statewide and national candidate campaigns and at the ACLU. She is based in Washington, DC.
Jason oversees NextGen’s press outreach, social-media communications and research and leads development of organizational brand and voice. He previously worked for Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa), Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign, and for several years as a political journalist. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa.
Risi has been with NextGen since 2013 and currently oversees the finance and accounting operations of the organization, ensuring accuracy and integrity of internal and external reporting. Before joining NextGen, Risi worked for several fortune 500 companies. She lives in Los Altos, California.
Victoria leads NextGen’s fundraising efforts, and previously consulted for various organizations including the Obama Foundation. She led fundraising for Senator John Kerry’s (D-MA) re-election campaign in 2008, and oversaw the fundraising operation at the Democratic National Committee during the 2004 Presidential campaign. She lives in Boston.