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.

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.

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.

VERDIS L. ROBINSON, Director for Community College Engagement at Campus Compact

As an advocate of community college civic education, Robinson leads Campus Compact’s Community Colleges for Democracy (CC4D) network as part of his portfolio and after serving as a tenured Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, NY, where he taught web-enhanced, writing-intensive, service learning history courses for ten years. Additionally, Robinson is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Seminar on Citizenship and the American and Global Polity, and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Faculty Seminar on Rethinking Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and West. He is also a Public Scholar of Humanities New York. Robinson holds a B.M. in Voice Performance from Boston University, a B.S. cum laude and M.A. in History from SUNY College at Brockport, and an M.A. in African-American Studies from SUNY University at Buffalo. He is currently the Lenora Montgomery Scholar at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.

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.

ALICIA BRIANCON, Arizona & Nevada Director

Alicia comes to CEEP with 10 years of expansive political and campaign experience, including political candidate and issue advocacy campaigns, the Maryland state legislature, the United States Congress, and Super PACs in Nevada, Washington, DC, and Maryland in the areas of digital/communications, finance, consulting, and field. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in Criminal Justice with a citation in Women’s Studies and a Master’s degree from American University in Washington, DC in Strategic Communication. During the end of graduate school, she learned of her passion for teaching and is thrilled to be adjunct faculty at the College of Southern Nevada teaching COM101 as well. She is deeply passionate about social justice and civic engagement and lives in Las Vegas, “Nev-AD-a” and enjoys being a dance fitness instructor and dancer too.

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 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!”

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.


Meghan has supported campus election engagement efforts in Maine since 2016. Currently, she splits her time co-directing Sylvan Strategies, a communications firm, serving as a Senior Advisor to Maine Campus Compact, and coordinating CEEP efforts in Maine.  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 directed the Department of Indigenous Service-Learning at Northwest Indian College in WA and then helped co-found the Institute of Indigenous Foods and Traditions.  As Director of the Institute, she worked with 26 tribes developing wellness and food security programs that strengthened tribal sovereignty, growth, and resilience.  Meghan holds a B.A. in Sociology and Economics from Saint Michael’s College as well as a certificate in graphic design & communications from Lorenzo de’ Medici School of Art in Italy and a project management certificate from the University of California Irvine. Meghan is PMP certified.

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. 

TALYCE MURRAY, Michigan Assistant Director

Studying Comparative Cultures and Politics in the college of James Madison at Michigan State University, Talyce has a strong commitment to the ideals of inclusion and equity. Prior to joining the CEEP team, Talyce was a Fall 2018 CEEP Fellow in Michigan. She has also worked with civic engagement coalitions across the State of Michigan, from GVSU to MSU and CMU. A strong advocate for human rights, both domestically and internationally, Talyce has traveled to a both India and Cuba learning the best ways to advocate for community development from those directly impacted. She is the current Chair of the Human Relations Commission the City of East Lansing. In her free time, Talyce can be found traveling or training in martial arts which she has done for over a decade.

JACOB I. WILSON, Missouri and Virginia 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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.


Brenna ran CEEP’s Ohio outreach in 2012 and is excited to be runningit again after a break to raise her two young boys. 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.”

JOHANNA MUDRY, Pennsylvania and Kentucky 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.


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.

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.

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.


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.