PAUL ROGAT LOEB, CEEP Founder & President
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 Crossroads, Nuclear 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 Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, AARP Bulletin, Chronicle of Higher Education, Psychology 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, Executive 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.
NAUSHEEN ANSARI HUSAIN, Director of Special Projects
A former White House intern, Nausheen Ansari Husain received her B.A. in English from the University of Central Florida and her Master’s in Public Administration Degree at the City College of New York. Nausheen spent five years working in the development sector at non-profits in the New York/New Jersey area, like Community Service Society of New York and the interfaith youth project World Faith, focusing on individual giving, grants, and special events. She’s also worked with the NYC Mayor’s Office and UNICEF and teaches a Political Science course at New Jersey’s Brookdale Community College to keep her grounded in student lives.
DANIEL SCHULTZ, Communications 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.
UZMA SABIR, Outreach Director
Uzma Sabir is a Washington, D.C. native who also manages Outreach for Shoulder to Shoulder, a national coalition-based campaign of religious denominations, faith-based organizations and communities working to end religious discrimination and violence in the United States. Previously, Uzma worked on a variety of high level event planning, political and marketing efforts domestically and internationally. She is also an experienced educator. In each of her roles, Uzma has drawn on her passion for mobilizing America’s diverse communities in service of the greater public good. Inspired by the work of other bridge-builders in the face of new and evolving challenges, she looks forward to continuing her work at the intersection of public service and community engagement. Uzma has a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies with a specialization in Marketing and Advertising from George Mason University. In her free time she enjoys the great outdoors as well as creating art.
ELLIE SULLUM, Assistant Communications and Digital Director
Originally from Pennsylvania, Ellie received her B.A. in Philosophy from West Chester University. She brings with her over five years of experience in community organizing and storytelling. Ellie previously worked with Campus Election Engagement Project as a Fall 2016 student fellow, and as a Communications Intern during the 2019-2020 school year. She is the Founder of Keystone Common Ground Collective, a nonpartisan gun safety platform rooted in common ground. Ellie’s role with CEEP allows her to blend high impact strategy with meaningful storytelling through digital media platforms. Based in Denver, she makes it up to the mountains to hike and climb as much as possible. She stays connected with friends and family across the world, knowing a strong community matters most.
RACHAEL HOUSTON, Faculty Resources Coordinator
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.
JESSICA HOLTKAMP, Assistant Fellowship Director
Jessica recently received her BA in Political Science from Iowa State University. She has worked with the Campus Election Engagement Project previously as a student fellow, and now she assists student fellows across the country. Jessica has a strong commitment to local government and voter engagement, and she believes you must be the change you want to see in the world, starting with example you set in your community. In her current residence of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jessica volunteers with local community groups and actively participates in her local government. In her free time, Jessica enjoys cooking, reading, biking, and pouring lattes at a locally owned café.
JEN TOMASETTI, At-Large State Director
Jen received a B.S. in Communication from the University of Tennessee, and an M.S. in Student Affairs from Mississippi State University. Before joining CEEP, Jen spent 14 years working in higher education, including at the University of Delaware, Temple University, the University of the Sciences, and The Citadel. Jen is passionate about fostering student development and community engagement, and enjoyed the opportunity to work with leadership development, community engagement, orientation programs, and fraternity and sorority communities. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to help colleges and universities grow their capacity to develop engaged citizens here at CEEP.
JARED LUCERO, Southwest Regional State Director
Jared is from Santa Fe, New Mexico and is a recent graduate from The University of New Mexico with a degree in Political Science & minor in Entrepreneurship. Jared also studied politics & anthropology in Amsterdam, Netherlands at Vrije Universiteit. Jared enjoys the fast-paced nature of elections and brings years of community organizing, having held roles in finance, field, digital strategy, and governance. Jared also brings his activism for youth in politics as he started his civic engagement in high school, serving on his City’s Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board and was selected to attend the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Jared has also been a volunteer firefighter & EMT student and encourages everyone to take a stand in their local community. In his spare time, Jared enjoys triathlon training, hiking, and video-editing.
JAN BRENNAN, Colorado Director
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.
MONICA MATTEO-SALINAS, Florida Director
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!”
DANIEL COLEY, Georgia Director
Daniel Coley attends Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. He was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. He has acquired an associate degree from Georgia Military College and is in the process of getting his bachelor’s degree in political science. He had the pleasure of serving as a 2019 CEEP Fellow. While pursuing his degree in Political Science, he was very active on campus. He served as the Under-Secretary General in his Model United Nations team at Kennesaw State. As he held a seat in the student senate, he engaged several of his peers in the voting process. He held several voter registrations drives and education events. He worked as a Senate Aid in the 2020 session of the Georgia General Assembly. He served under the minority leader in the state senate. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing video games, and researching random history facts.
MEG MCCORMICK, Maine Director & New England Coordinator
Meg (she/her/hers) has supported civic engagement efforts in Maine and New England since 2016. Previously, as the Director of Programs at Maine Campus Compact, she designed and managed community and civic engagement projects across Maine and New England. Before moving to Maine, she helped establish Northwest Indian College’s department of service-learning and then co-founded the Institute of Indigenous Foods and Traditions. In this capacity, Meg worked with 28 tribes in Washington on food policy campaigns and revitalizing tribal food systems. After moving to Maine, she was elected as the Curator of the Portland, Maine Global Shapers Hub, housed within the World Economic Forum, where she coordinated public/private partnerships within the City of Portland. In 2019, Meg founded the Maine Students Vote initiative, a volunteer program housed within the League of Women Voters of Maine, that is focused on youth peer-to-peer nonpartisan organizing. Meg currently supports Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont campuses with CEEP.
ELLEN WEHRMAN, Michigan Director
Ellen Wehrman received her B.S. in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas and her Master’s in Higher Education – Administration & Policy from Loyola University Chicago. Before starting at CEEP, Ellen spent twelve years working in higher education student affairs, including roles at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, Marietta College (Ohio), and Central Michigan University. Her work in student activities, student leadership education, and assessment allowed her to work with students, faculty, and staff to create positive social change on and off campus. Ellen taught multiple leadership theory courses, and has a deep scholarly interest in rural students’ transition to college and patterns of civic engagement. In her free time, Ellen volunteers with her sons’ school and the Michigan nonpartisan nonprofit organization Voters Not Politicians.
JANE JOHNSTON, Assistant Michigan Director
Jane Johnston (she/her/hers) received a B.A. in Multimedia Journalism and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Grand Valley State University. Before working as Michigan’s Assistant State Director at CEEP, Jane was a student fellow with CEEP and Campus Vote Project at GVSU. When she’s not at CEEP, Jane works as a freelance journalist, covering environmental and social justice issues. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.
JACOB I. WILSON, Missouri and Virginia Director
Jacob Wilson (he/him/his) has been a higher education and student affairs professional for nearly a decade and has a passion for research, campus organizing, leadership education, and engaging students in political learning and democratic engagement. Jacob is a PhD candidate in Higher Education at the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education, and he has been a Faculty Research Fellow and an Instructor in the College Student Personnel Administration Master’s program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville since August 2019. His research focuses on the adoption and sustainability of student voting initiatives on college and university campuses. As a State Director for CEEP, Jacob has worked with campuses in his home state of Missouri during the 2018 Midterms Elections, Virginia during the historic 2019 legislative elections, and will be continuing to work with campuses in Virginia, Missouri, and Illinois in 2020.
Jacob is an alumnus of Iowa State University (’11), where he received his BA in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies and then earned a MA in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University (’13). 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 board member 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.
MICHELLE BLACK, Graduate Assistant for Missouri and Virginia
Originally from the St. Louis area, Michelle Black is a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she is pursuing a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration. She is passionate about civil rights and voter engagement and is excited to join CEEP in helping students find their voice in our democracy. Michelle has experience in non-profit program management, as well as working with students and volunteers in a variety of settings. Michelle earned a B.A. in English from Truman State University, a J.D. from Northern Illinois University, and an M.S.W. from the University of Georgia. In her free time, she enjoys photography, hiking, reading, visiting national parks, and volunteering with the Friends of the Glen Carbon Public Library.
LAUREN CAVIGNANO, New York Assistant Director
Lauren Cavignano has returned to CEEP as the assistant state director for New York after serving as a 2018 CEEP fellow in Missouri, working on Congressman Chris Pappas’ campaign in New Hampshire, working and paging at the U.S. Senate, and interning in one of Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s state offices. She is pursuing a BA in Government and Public Policy at Hamilton College in New York and is excited to work with students leading up to the presidential election. Lauren is originally from New Hampshire, but calls many places “home” and loves working with new communities to improve civic engagement.
LIAM HYSJULIEN, North Carolina Director and Associate Director of Special Projects
Liam Hysjulien received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his Master’s in Environmental Sociology from the University of Tennessee. Before starting at CEEP, Liam spent six years working in higher education as a Political Science program coordinator at the University of Tennessee and Duke University. Liam worked on developing and implementing voter-related service-learning initiatives that helped to empower students to become more civically engaged around issues of voter registration, voter awareness, and voter education.
KYLAH GUION, North Carolina Assistant Director
Kylah is a young radical organizer and political science student at North Carolina A&T State University. Kylah has worked on a number of initiatives to protect voting rights in NC, the rights of students and the rights of marginalized groups in her community, including Black people, the LGBTQIA+ community, and poor people. She credits her political home as a member of the organization Black University for her growing radical political analysis and passion for resistance. Kylah is excited to bring her unique organizing experience to CEEP to help make resources accessible to students, and in doing so empower them to do meaningful work on their campuses around voting. In her free time, Kylah enjoys sewing, playing the bass guitar, and taking care of the people she loves.
NATE HALL, Ohio Director
In his role at CEEP, Nate is returning to his roots in campus organizing. He got his start doing voter registration and GOTV work at Ohio University. From there, he worked on various campaigns in Ohio, including managing two races for state representative, culminating in two years as a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives. For the last four years, he has done political organizing work for a labor union, primarily in Ohio and Michigan. As part of this work, Nate managed a team of 20+ organizers working on races across Michigan. He also helped to draft a bill in the Ohio House of Representatives to address payroll fraud and misclassification, and helped managed the bipartisan coalition that passed it out of committee. Nate spends his free time fixing up his house in Columbus, working out, and caring for Harley, a 10 year old pit bull, with his girlfriend Nicky.
JOHANNA MUDRY, Kentucky, New York and Pennsylvania State 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.
LAUREN BAN, Assistant Pennsylvania State Director
Lauren is currently finishing up her studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Main Campus. She is pursuing a BA in History and Economics with a minor in Political Science. She plans to attend law school upon graduation. Having previously worked as both a CEEP Fellow and Intern, Lauren is excited to enter this new role in order to continue supporting nonpartisan election engagement. When she is not working, you can find Lauren with her nose buried in a book or out in the garden.
LUKE VERDECCHIA, Wisconsin State Director and Graphic Design Specialist
Luke is driven by a desire to help students make their voices heard and exercise their right to vote, understanding that access to reliable information is paramount to getting out the vote. Prior to joining CEEP in 2017, Luke served as Campus Outreach Coordinator with the City Clerk’s Office in Madison, Wis., a role in which he coordinated electoral engagement efforts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (at which he was also a student) and engaged in outreach with several campus entities to promote voter registration and early voting opportunities available to students. Luke has also served as a fellow with the Center for Journalism Ethics at UW-Madison, a role in which he conducted several interviews with sources to produce a series of ethics-focused pieces of reporting for the Center’s website.
Luke received his Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Luke is based in Madison.
JESS DOMOKOS, Wisconsin State Assistant Director
Jess has a passion for working at the intersections of student support, public health, and electoral politics. She holds dual Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Findlay and a Master’s of Education from Widener University. With a diverse background in higher education, the non-profit world, and the government sector, she most recently taught human sexuality at the college level and coordinated training and capacity building efforts within the Department of Public Health’s HIV program. A city girl at heart, she came to Wisconsin by way of Chicago, Columbus, and Philadelphia. After a brief stint in Madison, she is currently living on her ancestral farmlands with her partner and their three pups. When she’s not fostering rescue dogs or doing genealogy research, she reads, knits, gardens, and travels as much as possible.
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.”
JOHN BOYLAN, Candidate Guide Partner Relations
John Boylan is a Seattle-based writer and producer who helped research and edit CEEP’s 2018 nonpartisan guides. In 2016 he created and produced 9e2, a nine-day festival of art, science, and technology that included work by more than 100 artists, performers, engineers, scientists, and technologists. For more than 20 years, he has hosted a roundtable conversation series about art, politics, and science, featuring major artists, scientists, poets, writers, musicians, architects, actors, activists, and impresarios. Boylan worked in web publishing at Microsoft for 15 years, and has also been an editor, journalist, art critic, and researcher. He holds an MA in communications from the University of Washington and two BA degrees, in history and English literature, from Pennsylvania State University.
PARKER LINDNER, Volunteer
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.”
LENNY DEE, Campus Newspaper Coordinator
While an undergraduate, Lenny Dee edited the City College of New York campus paper, The Ticker. He later reviewed high school and college yearbooks from across the country for national competitions. For nine years, he published the Clinton St. Quarterly, which won over one hundred awards from the National Society of Professional Journalists while publishing editions in Portland, Seattle, and Minneapolis. More recently Lenny led the partner engagement part of the Portland Clean Energy Fund, which garnered over two hundred endorsements from community organizations, businesses, and faith leaders. Lenny is responsible for making sure college newspapers have the best opportunity to make sure their fellow students are well-informed voters.
ALEXIS FLEISHMAN, Social Median and Design Intern
Alexis recently graduated from Walsh University with Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design and Communication- Digital Media. She would like to be more involved with and assist other college students to vote and to let their voices be heard, and she thought CEEP would be the perfect opportunity to continue to educate myself and others while also continuing to increase her design skills. In her free time her enjoy hiking, biking, photography, listening to music, reading, and hanging with friends and family.
ELLA LAWSON, Fellows Program Intern
Ella Lawson is an undergraduate student at the University of Mississippi, studying Arabic, International Studies, and Classics. She became involved in Get Out the Vote efforts through the non-partisan, non-profit Mississippi Votes and continued her involvement as a CEEP Fellow in Fall 2018. Ella enjoys canvassing and talking with the members of the community about voting. In her free time, she enjoys painting, running, and volunteering with the Community of Sant’Egidio.
ERIKA TAI, Faculty Resources Intern
Erika holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst – where she is currently a PhD student on the higher education track of the Social Justice Education program. Her current research focuses on the impact of intergroup dialogue on undergraduate students’ understandings of social identities. Prior to joining CEEP, Erika has worked mainly in student and academic affairs settings. In her free time, Erika enjoys hiking, frisbee, and visiting local libraries.