Paul is the author of Soul of a Citizen,  The Impossible Will Take a Little While (named the #3 political book of 2004 by the History Channel and the American Book Association), Generation at the CrossroadsNuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. His books have over 300,000 copies in print. He’s written on social involvement for The New York TimesWashington PostUSA Today, Los Angeles TimesAARP Bulletin, Chronicle of Higher EducationPsychology Today,Redbook, Inside Higher Ed, Christian Science Monitor, Parents Magazine, and the International Herald Tribune. Paul has been interviewed on CNN, NPR, PBS, C-SPAN, Fox News, NBC TV, the BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Voice of America and national German and Australian radio, and has lectured on over 400 college campuses. He attended Stanford University and the New School for Social Research and participated in the U.S. Department of Education’s 2011 round-table on higher education and civic engagement. Paul founded CEEP in 2008.

“Colleges and universities can do so much to help their students engage as active citizens, but too often they don’t, in part because they don’t know how. I’ve spent a lot of the past thirty years visiting campuses and speaking at academic conferences to talk about my civic engagement books, so it made sense to found CEEP as a way for schools to learn from the most effective approaches nationwide. There’s a lot of political cynicism in our culture, but to me the antidote starts with citizen participation.”  

AMY LUDWIG, National Director

As Illinois Campus Compact’s former Associate Director, Amy oversaw programming and coordinated and developed conferences for faculty, staff and students. She was responsible for helping member campuses grow and develop their service learning and civic engagement programs and for managing the finances of the organization. Amy graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism and spent her first three years working in advertising. In search of a change, Amy enrolled and graduated from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a Master’s in Higher Education Administration, and upon graduation, moved to Chicago and began working at DePaul University in the Office of Student Life. While working at DePaul University, Amy became passionate about student’s involvement in their community and the electoral process, which led her to Illinois Campus Compact. For six years, Amy has worked to ensure the highest possible quality of ILCC programs and works with each institution’s community service staff to bring resources, ideas and experts to better their work. Amy joined CEEP in 2014 as the Illinois outreach director and saw the direct positive impact CEEP had on engaging students, faculty and staff. She became CEEP’s National Director in late 2016. Amy is excited to bring new and innovative resources to schools across the nation and to help them implement long term electoral engagement programs on their campuses.

“Students should be asking themselves what laws are or aren’t in place that allow for a homeless shelter down the street from my classroom building which is valued at more than $4 million. What’s going on in our political system that allows for this dichotomy to happen. Once students start to ask themselves these types of questions, how can they not participate in the electoral process?”

COURTNEY COCHRAN, National Fellowship Director & Associate Director 

Courtney is a veteran of creating and managing client relationships. Before working with CEEP, Courtney worked as a field organizer in Arizona for the nation’s most competitive congressional campaign race (in 2014) and at California University of Pennsylvania’s Alumni Association. After a successful career helping others engage in their community, Courtney now advises campuses on incorporating long-term sustainable voting programs on campus.

Based in her home state of Pennsylvania, Courtney enjoys all the culture Pittsburgh has to offer and spending time with her Boxer, Bentley.

Courtney is available to discuss fellowship opportunities and general resources.

JULE MEYER, Director of Development

Jule has spent her career raising funds to fight poverty and activate citizens. Her roles have varied from leading teams of fundraisers for national organizations (RESULTS, Bainbridge Graduate Institute) to serving as regional director for Global Impact and the Student Conservation Association. Recently she served from 2010-2017 as a national major gifts officer for Oxfam US. In that role, Jule enjoyed meeting and supporting activists and donors across the country. She enjoys kidding and learning from her many family members who are on campuses today or are involved in critical causes after having recently graduated. She joined CEEP in the spring 2018 with anticipation and eagerness to serve.

DONNA ANDERSON, Arizona Director

Donna has spent the last 25 years as a professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, teaching and engaging in research on the economics of race, ethnicity, gender, the environment and sustainability, and state & local government policy. She obtained a B.S. from Lehigh University, an M.A. from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, all in economics. Prior to Wisconsin, she worked in finance and accounting for General Electric in NY and PA, and as Director of Policy Analysis at Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. She is energized by the passion and strength of young adults and is committed to reducing barriers that make voting a challenge.


Monica Matteo-Salinas received her BA in Social Relations & Policy from James Madison College, an honors college within Michigan State University. Monica has worked in the non-profit sector over the past 10 years in Miami. Before her CEEP work, she was the Campus Coordinator for the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy at Miami-Dade College. She is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Miami Beach Community Development Corporation. Originally from Michigan, Monica has lived in various international locations, including Mexico and New York City. Monica is a mother to two boys and the Vice President of Advocacy for her school’s PTA. She is an advocate for human rights, quality education & affordable housing. Monica believes that everyone is a leader, and encouraging and empowering young people is her favorite part of her CEEP work. “Student Involvement matters because we have the power to influence positive change in our communities. Our future is in our hands – our future is now!”

BEN MARCUS, North Florida Assistant Director

Ben Marcus has been worked in campaigns and activism for 15 years. From organizing national chapter networks, to leading people in knocking on doors for municipal, state, and federal candidates, he has developed a deep understanding of campaigns and activist organizations. Ben has been a stalwart advocate of face-to-face, meaningful engagement with constituents in mission-driven work, and has been entrusted with critical roles in which to practice these principles. In addition to this work, he has served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year and VISTA, delivered dozens of trainings on constituent management and Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), assisted organizations in revamping programming and development strategies, and worked with a number of groups in building advocacy agendas and volunteer frameworks. Ben has a bachelors degree in Social Sciences and is pursuing a Master of Public Policy with a focus on civic engagement and electoral policy. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida and enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children, taking in gorgeous Northeast Florida, and playing and listening to music.”

LAURA WEAVER, Indiana Campus Compact, Director of Programs and Member Development and CEEP Indiana State Director

Laura Weaver, provides training on and support for the institutionalization of community engagement practices at colleges and universities across Indiana. In this capacity, Laura assists faculty with their teaching and engaged research activities involving reciprocal community-campus partnerships and supports students in implementing an array of engagement activities. She directly manages the Faculty Fellows learning community, Social Innovation Microlending program, Engaged Campus Grant initiative, Pen to Paper Writing Retreat, and Connecting Campus with Communities Conference. Laura has served as a Research Fellow for the Campus Compact Project on the Community Engagement Professional and has published several articles related to her work on the institutionalization of community engagement. Prior to joining Indiana Campus Compact, she spent more than eight years overseeing the Center for Service Learning and Leadership at Purdue University Northwest, and spent several years working for a national nonprofit organization partnering with college students to build awareness and support for health care initiatives. Laura received her MS Ed from Northern Illinois University and a BS from Bradley University.

BYRON TERRY, Illinois Director

Byron Terry currently serves as the Coordinator for Intercultural Programming at Governors State University. Previously, he completed 3 terms as an AmeriCorps*VISTA and is working towards his master’s degree in Inner City Studies from Northeastern Illinois University. He volunteers regularly with organizations such as Liberation Library and The DuSable Museum of African American history and organized the creation of a library in Africa for children. After he completes his master’s degree, he plans on getting a Ph.D. in the field of psychology focusing his research on education, social justice, and community.


Samantha Bayne is a junior studying Political Science, Law, Politics, and Society, and Philosophy at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She joined the Iowa Campus Compact and CEEP team in October 2017. Samantha is very passionate about dialogue, higher education, and voter registration, so she has loved working with colleges and universities across Iowa on election engagement. Samantha brought non-partisan discourse programs to her school and interned for a nonpartisan voting rights organization as a first-year, and she later used that experience as the Student Services Senator in Drake’s student government as a sophomore. Samantha also coordinated a Voter Engagement Summit in a partnership with the Iowa Secretary of State’s office in April of 2018. If you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions for her, please feel free to reach out via email.

DANIEL SCHULTZ, Michigan Director

Daniel Schultz has a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s in Theology from Emory University’s Candler School. He’s taught theology and first-year studies at Lakeland University and Marian University of Wisconsin, and worked at a dictionary, a foster care agency, as a Web designer, and with the homeless. Since 1999, Dan has been an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, serving congregations in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. He loves doing baptisms and gives a great funeral. He still preaches a few Sundays a month. He is widely published on matters of religion, politics, and church life, as well as an adjunct professor of theology. In his free time, Dan enjoys photography, bike rides, reading comic books, obsessing about music, and spending time with his new granddaughter.

RACHAEL HOUSTON, Minnesota Director

Rachael is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities studying American politics and political psychology. She is interested in how people form and organize their political opinions, the motivations people have to become politically engaged, and the relationship between political knowledge and political decision-making. Because she studies political engagement, she is excited to be working for Campus Election Engagement Project to bring her research to life. Prior to moving to the Twin Cities, she lived in South Carolina and attended Coastal Carolina University for a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Communication. During her undergraduate career, Rachael worked for a public policy and polling institute, a local news station, was a research assistant for two years, a mental health peer educator, and ran nonpartisan campus electoral engagement activities on her campus as president of Pi Sigma Alpha.

JACOB I. WILSON, Missouri Director

Jacob is a Missouri native returning to work with colleges and universities in his home state during the 2018 election. He has worked in higher education for the past seven years and has a passion for research, organizing, leadership education, and increasing political learning and democratic engagement on college campuses.

Jacob is a PhD candidate in Higher Education at the University of Arizona studying student voting efforts on college campuses. Previously he attended Iowa State University, where he received his BA in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies. He also attended The George Washington University and received his MA in Higher Education Administration. He has worked on several campaigns, interned at the U.S. Department of Education, managed an academic internship program in Washington, DC, and taught undergraduate leadership courses at the University of Arizona’s College of Education. Jacob is the founder and co-chair of the Missouri Courage Scholarship, a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to college-bound high school seniors working to enhance the lives of LGBTQ people and advance social justice.

BRYCE BENNET, MontPIRG and MontPIRG Leadership Fund Executive Director and CEEP Montana State Director

Bryce is the executive director of MontPIRG, a Montana based non-profit dedicated to educating and empowering a new generation of civic leaders. Each year MontPIRG leads voter registration, voter education, and get-out-the-vote nonpartisan efforts on the two Montana flagship campuses in Missoula and Bozeman. Bryce has spent his life advocating for open and accessible elections and clean, transparent campaigns. Through grassroots advocacy and work in the Montana Legislature, Bryce has helped make voting by mail easier, stopped people from being regularly dropped off the voting rolls, and preserved student dense polling locations.

JAN BRENNAN, Mountain West Director (Colorado and New Mexico)

Jan brings a strong background in civic engagement, education and social change to her new role as CEEP’s Mountain West Director. Jan Brennan has held a variety of positions in civic engagement, community-engaged learning and in education and cultural policy. She most recently worked with Education Commission of the States’ National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement, where she was responsible for key publications on civic education policy and served as the project leader for a national service-learning initiative. Jan is currently completing a Master of Public Administration at the University Colorado Denver. Jan is licensed as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children.

PARKER LINDNER, Nevada Director

Parker holds a B.A. in Communication and Community from The Evergreen State College and M.P.A. (Masters of Public Administration) from The Evans Schools of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. Parker worked for the Seattle Community Colleges for 13 years where she created instructional media, founded distance learning programs and spearheaded the coordinated studies program “Power, Politics and Persuasion in the Information Age.” Long interested in telecommunications and information policy, she worked on issues of universal service, access to technology, privacy and the digital divide. She was Senior Policy Analyst for the Washington Higher Education Coordinating board; Instructional Designer at Microsoft; Advisory Board member to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission; and board member of ACLU Washington.

“As a lifelong advocate for access and inclusion, I believe the way to make democracy work is to encourage and enable everyone’s voice to be heard. Voting is fundamental to navigating our path to the future. I’m delighted to participate in this project to bring student interest, passion and excitement back into the democratic process.”

CHAD FOGLEMAN, North Carolina Director, North Carolina Campus Compact Assistant Director

Chad oversees the Compact’s communications efforts and coordinates network events and professional development, awards, and the Campus Election Engagement Project. He also assists in organizational and fund development. Prior to joining NC Campus Compact in 2012, Chad worked at Brown University’s Education Alliance, conducting educational policy and practice research related to the academic success of diverse K-12 learners. He was a program officer at UNC Chapel Hill’s Carolina Center for Public Service, where he helped establish what is now the Buckley Public Service Scholars Program. He taught middle and high school English at an independent school in Raleigh, and he spent a year living and teaching in Japan as part of the Japan Exchange & Teaching Program.


Brenna ran CEEP’s Ohio outreach in 2012 and is excited to be running them again. She has worked with Ohio Campus Compact since 2011 in many capacities including the AmeriCorps VISTA program, managing marketing and communications, and coordinating the Pay it Forward student philanthropy program. She believes in the work of the Compact in educating students and communities to end the cycle of poverty. Brenna has a degree in Computer Information Systems and uses her technical and program knowledge to streamline and expand programs and projects. In addition to her work at CEEP and OCC, she is dedicated to her family and kids, volunteering her time in the community when possible. Brenna resides in Pataskala Ohio with her husband and two boys. “We must engage our younger generations in voting, productive dialogue and the community to preserve our democracy.”

DASNI LAKPRIYA, Ohio Assistant Director

Dasni is a junior at Denison University and an International Studies and French major. On campus, she is involved in Amnesty International and the Denison International Student Association. During her middle school and high school years, she lived abroad in France with her mother, who worked for the Sri Lankan Embassy in Paris. This is where she would accompany her mother to many events, and first became interested in civic engagement and working to unite groups of people together. She is excited to work with CEEP and to help get students enthusiastic about a very important cause!        

JOHANNA MUDRY, Pennsylvania Director

Johanna is an experienced and dedicated intrapreneur. For the past fifteen years, she’s worked to improve communities and serve those with greatest need. She’s made social change her prime focus since graduating from Eastern University with an M.S. in Nonprofit Management. Earlier she graduated with honors from Temple University where she earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice. She’s recently enrolled in the Beasley School of Law. Johanna has worked to advance communities and individuals in a wide variety of capacities; whether building homes for families, tutoring and mentoring youth, working for environmental or healthcare improvements, or working on grants and fundraising. She looks to continue this success through empowering others, including students, to become productive and active citizens, while increasing her own power as a change agent.

Johanna is also a proud resident of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, where she actively participates in her neighborhood association, local food co-op and tends to her community garden.


CHRIS SHEFELTON, Southeast Regional Director (TN, MS, and GA)

Chris received his Masters of Education in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University where he studied how to make political campaigns more community-oriented and make neighborhoods more civically-engaged. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas in International Relations and minored in European Studies. While at the U of A, he studied abroad in Strasbourg, France, one of the capitals of the European Union. Though he loved being abroad, he knew that there were still plenty of issues that needed aid back in the US. Chris has worked in a number of state and local political campaigns in both Tennessee and Arkansas, both partisan and nonpartisan. Chris has also run the midnight shift at an industrial donut factory that made donuts for Walmart and Dunkin Donuts and worked in agriculture, construction, and the service sector. He believes this experience helps him better connect everyday problems with more structural issues. Voting is the first step to being civically engaged, which means we must first empower people to vote. In a climate of distrust and disenfranchisement, education and communication are the most powerful tools we have to combat these negative effects which is the reason why Chris joined CEEP and he hopes to help lead the fight against low voter turnouts in the South.

LUKE VERDECCHIA, Wisconsin Director, Wisconsin Campus Compact

Luke joined CEEP in 2017 and is currently a junior at University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Journalism and Spanish. During his time at UW-Madison, he has engaged in voter outreach work through an internship with Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl, where he has created a long-term communications plan between the City and the University. Because of his work, the City now can display important voter outreach material across campus, something that has historically been of great difficulty. He has also served as a Special Registration Deputy (SRD) and Election Official (EO). He is driven by a desire to make sure everyone can perform their civic duty easily and efficiently, a goal he believes can be achieved through education.

ALEJANDRA GONZALEZ, Wisconsin Assistant Director

Alejandra Gonzalez is a student at Alverno College, majoring in Community Leadership and Development, with a minor in Global Studies. As a DACA recipient, she has used her education to advocate for immigrant rights in Milwaukee. She is a member of Voces De la Frontera, a local pro-immigrant rights organization, and has started a Youth Empowered in the Struggle (Y.E.S) chapter at Alverno. She has met with elected officials to emphasize the importance of comprehensive immigration reform, and she travels around Wisconsin and shares her personal immigration story. Alejandra recognizes the importance of civic engagement and is looking forward to mobilizing students to vote in Wisconsin through CEEP. As part of her CEEP work, Alejandra assists Wisconsin Campus Compact with their election engagement projects.

ELLEN FINKELSTEIN, Lead Campaign Guides Researcher

Ellen holds a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University. She worked at Encyclopaedia Britannica for 19 years, honing her fact-checking skills and sense of nuances as a copy editor for a variety of yearbooks, project coordinator for several books, and project manager for the online Britannica. She worked on all phases of print publications—from concept and development of articles, soliciting authors, review and editing, design, page proofs, and finished product. Ellen worked as organizer for Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation, where she wrote, solicited, and edited articles for newsletter, email alerts, & other publications, as well as organized and provided support for programs, forums, and conferences. She was director of a summer program for high school students that helped high-school students develop leadership, competency and confidence, to interpret the world and solve problems, and to advocate for themselves and create positive change in their communities.

“Much of my work and political experience has been, at core, about communication (written and verbal) and about making things accurate, accessible, and clear – to create information that gives different audiences the tools to act for positive social change. I have a deep commitment to empowering people, giving them support, skill, and information to find their voice(s) and become effective advocates for themselves.”

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JESSICA DANDRIDGE, Candidate Guide Researcher

Jessica Dandridge is a consultant and advocate focused on youth development and cross-cultural organizing for a more equitable society. Born in New Orleans, Jessica began advocating for communities at age 15 after Hurricane Katrina when it became clear minority and youth voices were being disregarded. Since then she has worked for various organizations around issues like equity in education, mass incarceration, food and environmental justice, and developed educational tools for cross-cultural organizing. She has a B.A in Political Science and Sociology from Xavier University of Louisiana, and an M.A from The New School in New York City, School of Public Engagement in International Affairs focused on conflict resolution, media and culture. Since 2005 she has continued to advocate for educational advancement in several areas. She has anchored several campaigns insuring youth voices are heard and developed into better policy procedures through her consulting company Patois. Currently, her goal is to ensure young people believe in the power they hold to impact their future. She believes by expanding the knowledge of young people beyond their borders and giving youth responsibility to impact the world around them, they can mobilize one another for a more sustainable and conscientious society.


JONATHAN S. ROMM, Webmaster and Senior Advisor

Jonathan holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Marquette University and an M. Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. He served in the United States Peace Corps in Vanuatu as a Math and English volunteer from 2002-2005. Upon successfully completing his service, Jonathan, along with two other Returned Peace Corps Volunteers founded the Tsunami Assistance Project, which funded and built an orphanage in Nagaputinam, India. After receiving his master’s degree, Jonathan worked for four years with North Carolina Campus Compact managing their AmeriCorps*VISTA, Summer Associate, and  Student Conference projects, and their 2008 CEEP efforts. Jonathan was CEEP’s 2012 National Director and has been consulting with us ever since.