Why we exist

 

For youth, by youth.

America’s vibrant and enduring democracy has served as a model for countries across the globe. Yet overall success masks pervasive inequalities within our political system. Though full and equal citizens, young adults are consistently less politically engaged than their adult counterparts, from voting, to campaigning, to holding office. Research suggests this isn’t fundamentally a problem of motivation—rather, it is a matter of resources. Too often, youth want to engage in politics, but simply do not have the networks or know-how to generate impact.

E Pluribus in a youth-run non-profit organization driven to empower youth to effect the political change they desire. We match dedicated, high-potential youth with experienced, connected peer mentors who can provide the resources, structure, and connections necessary to thrive in the modern political world. The process is fellow-driven from start to finish,

E Pluribus is committed to youth political engagement above all else. We encourage participation by all young adults regardless of their political ideology, background, or identity.

 

OUR TEAM

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Aditi Chitkara

Fellow Development Manager + Mentor

Aditi is from a town in the Himalayas. Fun fact #1: She could see wildlife from her bedroom window, which got her into wildlife photography. She cares about women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and accessible education for all. In her free time, she does photography (not wildlife related anymore) and creates art. Fun fact #2: She buys sweatpants in the men’s department because pockets. She’s involved with E Pluribus because she met Scott in her Sociology class, and I the energy with which he talked about E Pluribus made her really want to get involved. He’s empowering youth already!

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Brett Dowling

Digital Manager

Brett grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia—he’ll be the first to call it the most beautiful place on earth! He is passionate about tax reform, balanced budgets, and the environment. In his spare time, Brett enjoys downhill skiing, playing the guitar, finding new restaurants, and cooking. Fun fact: Brett has never owned an Apple product. He is excited to make youth of all backgrounds and ideological positions comfortable working with E Pluribus.

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Scott Kall

Operations Manager + Mentor

Scott is from a small suburban town in Massachusetts. He is passionate about LGBTQ+ rights and, no surprise, youth engagement in politics! Aside from his work with E Pluribus, he is a theater-lover, a coffee enthusiast, and an avid Game of Thrones fan. One fun fact about Scott is that he hiccups like a pterodactyl (it’s true – everyone else on the board can attest to it!) Scott is involved with E Pluribus because at his very core, he believes that young people have the potential and the capacity to change the world for the better. Through this work, Scott has seen firsthand the incredible ideas his generation has to offer, and he wants to play his part in ensuring every young person has the ability and resources to make a change.

 

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Becca Leviss

Collaborator Development Manager + Mentor

Becca is from Barrington, Rhode Island--small state, big heart! She cares deeply about reproductive rights, gender equality, and racial justice. In her free time, she loves exploring the local environment around her, though she's just as comfortable adventuring around Boston as she is binge-watching Netflix documentaries. She loves taking long walks with friends and cooking family recipes while singing show tunes at the top of her lungs. Becca believes that young people have the passion and the ability to create a profound impact on the world around them, but face the fundamental obstacle of plugging in to activist landscapes. She is confident that E Pluribus can fill that gap and construct powerful networks of activists and change-seekers.

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Nadya Okamoto

Public Relations and Development Manager

Nadya is from the Portland area. Nadya is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD, the world’s largest youth-run NGO in women’s health, and one of the fastest growing youth-run NGOs in the United States. Nadya knows, from her personal experience, the importance of coaching and mentorship in paving the way as a young entrepreneur and a young political candidate (in 2017 she ran for Cambridge City Council), and that is why she is passionate about the mission of E Pluribus.

 

 

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Esteban Ortiz

Community Engagement Manager

Esteban was born and raised in New York. He cares deeply about gun control, immigration reform, and prison reform. In his free time, he loves to listen to music, hang out with friends, and go to the gym. He is also the first Soundcloud rapper without purple dreadlocks or red braids. On a more serious note, Esteban knows he can bring his knowledge of civic participation to E Pluribus alongside his own experiences with local politics.

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Reed Shafer-Ray

Fellowship Team Lead + Mentor

Reed hails from Norman, Oklahoma, and is an avid fan of Oklahoma college football and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Since Reed helped lead a petition drive to build storm shelters in schools after a tornado killed seven elementary school children in their neighboring town, Reed has been active in politics. As the Legislative Director of the Harvard College Democrats, Reed created a lobbying team that has held five lobby days at the Massachusetts State House, and has successfully filed and lobbied for several bills. Reed co-founded E Pluribus in order to help inspire and teach youth how to make a difference in their own communities, using the experience they accumulated.

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Hirsh Sisodia

Outreach Team Lead

Hirsh is from Harleysville, Pennsylvania, and will never not mention that (it’s a great town!). He cares most about education and youth entrepreneurship. When he’s not listening to The Roots, watching Conan, or trying to write, he spends his time thinking about how young people can make the most of the opportunities today’s world presents. Since he was a kid, Hirsh has been waiting for the right time to get politically active. E Pluribus matters to him because it’s exactly what he wishes he’d had then - a reminder to stop waiting and start doing.