Meet Our Candidates


Meet The Class of 2017-2018

We are still in the process of recruiting and finalizing the class of 2017-2018.  If you have a great service leader in mind, please tell us about him or her.



headshot_Moulton.pngCongressman Seth Moulton

US Marine Corps
2018 re-elect, Massachusetts' 6th District

Seth believes we need more service-oriented leaders in Washington who will put the people first. Following the words of his mentor, the late Rev. Peter Gomes, "Believing in the right thing is not good enough... you ought to go do it," Seth's career has been one of service.  

Following his graduation, Seth joined the Marine Corps in 2001. Although Seth disagreed with the Iraq War, Seth served his country and led his platoon -- eventually serving four tours of duty in Iraq over five years. Seth led an infantry platoon during the 2003 invasion and was in the first Marine company to enter Baghdad. 

Please visit Seth online.



Congressman Mike Gallagher

US Marine Corps
2018 re-elect, Wisconsin's 8th District

Mike came to Congress as a foreign policy advisor for former Marine. He served seven years of active duty in the Marine Corps and worked in counterintelligence. He was a John Hay Initiative advisor for Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and advised the committee on foreign affairs.  Mike also earned a masters degree in Security Studies with honors from Georgetown and a masters of science in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University. He was the national security advisor for Scott Walker's 2016 presidential campaign.

Please visit Mike online.




State Senator Shenna Bellows

Peace Corps and AmeriCorps
2018 re-elect, Maine's 14th District

Shenna Bellows is a Peace Corps and AmeriCorps volunteer running for the Maine State Senate. As a Peace Corps volunteer, Shenna helped establish microlending programs in Panama, and worked on economic empowerment programs for public housing residents through AmeriCorps. More recently, 

Shenna served as the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. Shenna is running for State Senate to ensure that Mainers have good jobs, an education system that sets students up for success, and affordable healthcare for all.

Please visit Shenna online.



State Senator Adam Hinds

United Nations Political Officer
2018 re-elect, Massachusetts' Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District

Adam currently serves as the Executive Director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, where he helps promote dialogue and action on emerging community issues.

Prior to his work with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Adam served for seven years as a United Nations Political Officer focused on diplomacy in Iraq and Syria, and as coordinator of the Pittsfield Community Connection program, which seeks to combat youth violence and gang influences.

Please visit Adam online.



Representative David Bowen

Public Allies AmeriCorps
2018 re-elect for State Assembly, Milwaukee, WI

Bowen was born in Milwaukee, son of Jamaican immigrants. He graduated with honors from Bradley Tech High School in 2005. He participated in the youth leadership program of the Milwaukee non-profit organization Urban Underground and the AmeriCorps program, Public Allies. He volunteered with Urban Underground attending the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, studying educational policy and community studies.

In April 2012 he was elected to the County Board for District 10, at which time he was the youngest member of that board and one of the youngest black elected officials in the history of theMilwaukee metropolitan area. He was the lead author of a living wage bill requiring all companies doing business with Milwaukee County to be paid $11.32 an hour.  

David is currently Vice-Chair of the State Democratic Party.

Please visit David online.



Representative Jonathan Brostoff

Public Allies AmeriCorps
2018 re-elect for State Assembly, Milwaukee, WI

Jonathan is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin’s 19th State Assembly District. He is District Director for Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson. Previously, he worked as a legislative aide to Milwaukee County Supervisor Jason Haas. Jonathan also served on the Board of the ACLU of Wisconsin.

Jonathan has served the Milwaukee community in a number of ways since he took his first volunteer position with Pathfinders, a youth homeless shelter, at age 14.  After graduating from high school, he joined AmeriCorps’ Public Allies program, where he completed a ten-month leadership and non-profit apprenticeship at SDC’s Family Support Program.

Please visit Jonathan online.


Representative David Crowley

Public Allies AmeriCorps
2018 re-elect for State Assembly, Milwaukee, WI

David Crowley is currently the chair of the ACLU of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chapter.  David’s foundation of community and organizing was formed as a youth at Urban Underground.  David served in the AmeriCorps program Public Allies.  Since then, David has worked throughout the region  as a community and political organizer. He currently works as the Policy Director for State Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd.

"Not only is serving this district a passion of mine, but with the right ideas and our community at heart, I believe we can improve the conditions of District 7 and our city.”

Please visit David online.



Representative Juana Matias

Justice Americorps Legal Advocate 
2018 re-elect, Massachusetts' 16th Essex District

Juana is a AmeriCorps alumna and candidate for State Representative from Lawrence, Massachusetts. Her migrated from the Dominican Republic to the United States in the late 1980’s. In 2008, Juana was selected as one out of 22 women to be part of the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s Latina’s Learning to Lead Fellowship Program.  In 2009, Juana received a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Boston. During college Juana served as the Undergraduate Student Government President, advocating for student interests and overseeing a $900k student activity budget. After college Juana worked as a Social Worker serving the Lawrence community, then attended law school at Suffolk University. After graduating law school, Juana continued her commitment to the public sector by working as a Justice Americorps Legal Advocate for Central West Justice Center and Affiliate of Community Legal Aid, a joint initiative of the Department of Justice and AmeriCorps. There she served as an immigration advocate seeking humanitarian based immigration relief for unaccompanied children in removal proceedings.

Please visit Juana online.

Chris_Soto_1.jpgRepresentative Chris Soto

US Coast Guard
2018 re-elect, Connecticut's 39th District

Chris Soto is a candidate for State Representative in New London, Connecticut. He spent five years as a Coast Guard Officer, first assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter VALIANT as an Assistant Engineer Officer. Chris was subsequently stationed in New York City at the Maritime Safety & Security Team, where he served as Team Leader and Officer-In-Charge of an Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Unit conducting Port Security Missions around the country.

After entering the education field in Boston, Chris returned to his native New London and founded Higher Edge, an organization that helps young people get to and through college. He also teaches at Connecticut College.

Whether its increasing student access to higher education, residents to become firefighters, or connecting people to jobs, Chris is passionate about creating access to opportunity for all of New London.

Please visit Chris online.


Councilor Rysheema Dixon

2018 re-elect, City Councilor-at-Large in Wilmington, DE

Rsyheema serves as the Chief Executive Officer & President of RD Innovative Planning, a strategy consulting business that she created in September 2011 after completing two terms of service in Public Allies Delaware, an AmeriCorps program associated with the University of Delaware Center for Community Research and Service. She is a community development strategist working toward creating a sustainable future for community members through projects and events to address local concerns and issues.

Please visit Rysheema online.



jake-suit.jpgCouncilor Jake Auchincloss

US Marine Corps
2017 re-elect, City Councilor-at-Large in Newton, MA

After graduating from Harvard in 2010, Jake served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. He commanded a platoon of 30 Marines on a combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 and then joined a special operations unit, where he commanded a 60-man counter-narcotics operation in Panama. Jake is now a captain in the Reserves.

Since returning home in late 2013, Jake has been a research associate at Harvard Kennedy School, where he wrote about best practices in local government and joined Governor Baker’s Transition Committee on Better Government. Jake has also been a partner at a successful Boston start-up.

Please visit Jake online.


Stallworth.pngMisha Stallworth

City Year
2018 re-elect, School Board in Detroit, MI

Misha is a City Year alumna and candidate for Detroit School Board who has spent the last 12 years advocating for positive youth development. She co-founded a women’s empowerment group called Rosie’s--after Rosie the Riveter--in high school that provided near-peer mentorship of middle school girls, and worked for the Gary Comer Youth Center while studying at the University of Chicago. Misha also taught creative writing to 2nd graders in Chicago.

While serving in Los Angeles United School District classrooms as a City Year Corps member, Misha looked for solutions to underperforming educational system through her work as an after school programmer and evaluation coordinator. Due to her commitment to urban social work, she chose to pursue her Master’s through the Community Based Initiatives Scholarship Program at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. As the Youth Coordinator for the Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, Misha began to apply solutions while also emphasizing the importance of youth participating in their own solution development. She has always fought for programs and services that develop the whole child—including the child’s love for learning and their social/emotional growth.

Misha Stallworth is running for School Board because of her passion for youth development in Detroit neighborhoods. She believes that increasing the accessibility to a quality education for all Detroit students will increase their access to greater opportunities, and she is determined to build strong foundations for neighborhoods by helping to improve her local school system.

Please visit Misha online.


New Candidates


mike-johnston-300x300.jpgMike Johnston

Teach for America
Candidate for Governor of Colorado

Mike grew up in Eagle County, Colorado, where his family ran a small hotel and he learned firsthand the challenges and rewards of operating a small business. After graduating from college and law school, Mike became a public school teacher in one of Mississippi’s most impoverished counties and then a public school principal in a juvenile detention center and a high-needs district north of Denver.

Mike was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 2009, where he passed several major education bills before retiring due to term limits in 2017. Mike is running for Governor in order to bridge the divide between rural and urban Coloradans and build a Colorado ready for the challenges of the next century.

Please visit Mike online.

Jason_Crow.jpegJason Crow

US Army
Congressional Candidate, Colorado 6th District

Since leaving the Army in 2006, Jason has been an outspoken and results-oriented advocate for his fellow veterans in Colorado and across the country. In 2012, fueled by the same patriotism and sense of justice that drove him to enlist in the military, Jason spoke at the Democratic National Convention, making the case for President Obama’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He has also advised President Obama’s reelection campaign on military and veterans’ issues, co-chaired Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Veterans Affairs Transition Committee, and co-chaired Veterans for Mark Udall.

Jason served 5 years on the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs, focusing on veterans homelessness and substance abuse issues.  He also chaired the statewide veterans committee that led the charge to bring the Denver Veterans Medical Center to Aurora – replacing an overcrowded, 60-year-old VA hospital no longer able to meet the need.

In his professional life, Jason practices law at Holland & Hart, where he’s focused on helping local businesses both small and large understand the regulatory and business environment and solve legal problems so they can responsibly grow and succeed.

Please visit Jason online.


KenHarbaughbeachheadshot.pngKen Harbaugh

US Navy
Congressional Candidate, Ohio 7th District

Ken Harbaugh has spent a lifetime in service to his country. He grew up in a military family, the son and grandson of Air Force combat pilots. When it was his turn, Ken joined the Navy, and led reconnaissance missions in the Middle East and off of North Korea. Like his father and grandfather before him, Ken learned that duty and honor are not just words. They are promises.

Ken is a family man, a loyal husband and a devoted father. When his second daughter was born needing multiple surgeries, Ken took a tough job, often spending weeks away from his wife and kids, so that his family would have health care and his daughter would have the treatment she required.

Throughout that ordeal, Ken stayed true to the ideals of duty and honor. He became a leading advocate for military veterans, most recently serving as President of Team Rubicon Global, an aid organization that has trained more than 45,000 military veterans to deploy to natural disasters in the U.S. and around the world. Ken is now running for Congress in Ohio’s Seventh Congressional District.

Please visit Ken online.


Dan Helmer

US Army
Congressional Candidate, Virginia 10th District

Dan is a U.S. Army veteran, business strategist, husband, and father. His wife, Karen, is a public school teacher, and their two young sons, Harris and Aaron, attend class just down the hall from their mom. Dan, the son and grandson of immigrants, has devoted much of his life to serving the country that welcomed his family when they were refugees -- and that enabled them to thrive thereafter.

After high school he enrolled at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and, over the course of his military career, served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Korea, witnessing firsthand the potential and limits of American power.

A Rhodes Scholar and the recipient of the Bronze Star, Dan has traveled with his family throughout the country and the world on behalf of the United States. After his time with the Army, Dan began serving as a strategic adviser at a major international strategy firm, where he has helped public and private sector institutions innovate, solve complex problems, and more effectively serve Americans.

Please visit Dan online.


Chrissy_Houlahan_photo.jpgChrissy Houlahan

US Air Force and Teach for America
Congressional Candidate, Pennsylvania 6th District

Chrissy is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and career naval office. She earned her engineering degree from Stanford with an ROTC scholarship and received her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT.  Chrissy served as a Captain in the USAFR; 3 years Active and 13 years Inactive Reserves.  She also served as COO of AND1 Basketball, helping transform the company from a startup to a major apparel and footwear brand.  Chrissy also worked as a chemistry teacher in North Philadelphia and was a Teach for America Corps member. Most recently, Chrissy served as President and COO/CFO for Springboard Collaborative, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved communities country-wide

Chrissy is the mother of Molly and Carly, 24 and 22, and lives with her husband, Bart, in Devon.

Please visit Chrissy online.

Kopser_Photo.jpgJoseph Kopser

US Army
Congressional Candidate, Texas 21st District

Joseph Kopser is an entrepreneur, veteran, and proud father of three. From joining the military at West Point to creating good-paying jobs right here in Texas, Joseph has dedicated his life to service. Joseph served in the Army for 20 years, earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab, and Bronze Star.

He’s dedicated his post-military career to building innovative companies and empowering workers. After returning from war, he co-founded and served as CEO of RideScout, a Texas-born tech company that made commutes easier. In 2013, the White House recognized Joseph as a Champion of Change for his efforts in energy and transportation.

Most recently, Joseph has put his Army leadership expertise to work helping governments and companies solve complex problems. As the president of Grayline, he brings together experts and data to help craft solutions to the problems of our day and manage disruptive change.

In his free time, Joseph advises the nonprofit Bunker Labs in Austin and San Antonio, helping veterans become successful entrepreneurs and community leaders. He co-founded 60×30 Works to improve education and workforce training to meet the needs of Texas’ evolving economy. In addition, he co-founded and served as Chairman of the National Security Technology Accelerator working to improve US Energy Security policy – and also serves with the Texas Lyceum, the Truman National Security Project, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the Texas Association of Business. Joseph lives in Austin with his wife and three daughters – one each in high school, college, and graduate school.

Please visit Joseph online.

McCready_Photo.jpgDan McCready

US Marine Corps
Congressional Candidate, North Carolina 9th District

Dan McCready is a Marine Corps veteran, business leader, husband, and father of three, with a fourth on the way. Dan first felt called to serve our country in the years after 9/11. Though Dan had planned to put his economics degree to work and follow his friends into business after graduation, he joined the Marines instead. Dan led 65 Marines during combat operations in the 2007 Iraq surge.

Dan found his next mission in clean American energy. After graduating from Harvard Business School and working at McKinsey & Company, he started a company in Charlotte that helped build dozens of solar farms throughout North Carolina and put hundreds of North Carolinians to work. Dan played a key role in helping North Carolina become number two in the country for solar energy capacity, and today North Carolina supports over 30,000 clean energy jobs.

Today, Dan once again finds himself called to serve. He’s running because he feels the American Dream is under attack by Washington politicians who put themselves before the people they serve. They put their party before their country, special interests before working families, and posturing before solutions. Dan believes every family that works hard should be able to build a better life for their children. He’s volunteering to fight once again — this time against a broken Washington for the families of the Ninth District.

Please visit Dan online.


Perry_Photo.pngPaul Perry

Teach for America
Congressional Candidate, Pennsylvania 7th District

Paul Perry is a writer, consultant, and nonprofit executive. He has spent his career in service of young people and their families as an educator and leader of initiatives to empower and support them. He most recently served as the Executive Director of COLAGE, a national nonprofit that provides leadership development and community for the over 6 million youth with LGBTQ parents/caregivers in the US. Paul previously served as the Bay Area Executive Director of The Reset Foundation, a nonprofit that runs residential education campuses for transition-age youth (18-24) as an alternative to incarceration. Prior to this, Paul helped design innovative, new model high schools in New York City and Denver.

Like his parents who are both veterans, Paul started his career with service – as a middle school teacher and debate coach in Southwest Philadelphia. He holds degrees from American University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California – Berkeley. Most recently, Paul earned his Doctorate of Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Please visit Paul online.


Pat_Ryan_headshot.jpgPat Ryan

US Army
Congressional Candidate, New York 19th District

As a West Point-trained Army officer and technology entrepreneur, Pat Ryan’s career has been driven by service to our nation. Born and raised in Kingston, New York, Pat’s family roots in Ulster County reach back generations. After graduating with honors from West Point, Pat served two combat tours in Iraq, including a tour as the lead intelligence officer for an infantry battalion of 1,000 soldiers and officers responsible for ground operations in Mosul.

While in a war zone in Iraq, Pat experienced how outdated technology was limiting and endangering our troops. After leaving the military with the rank of Captain, Pat launched a technology firm that worked to save lives by equipping troops with better tools to understand the combat landscape and track battlefield events in real time. In just a few years, Pat grew the small business from 5 to 150 employees, over half of whom were veterans. At a time when government is paralyzed by political gridlock, Pat is running for Congress to restore a sense of service to Washington.

Please visit Pat online.


TannerHeadshot.jpgDonte Tanner

US Air Force
Virginia House of Delegates Candidate in the 40th District

Donte is a husband, Air Force veteran, and a small business owner here in Northern Virginia. Donte grew up in a family dedicated to public service. His dad served in the Navy, and later in the police force alongside Donte’s mom. His parent’s dedication to serving their country and community inspired Donte to do the same.

Donte was accepted into the United States Air Force Academy in 1997. Donte rose through the ranks and became an Air Force Captain at the age of 25, where he served for four years, leading a team working on Space and Missile systems. During this time, Donte worked to make the military more efficient by delivering projects on time and under budget.After leaving the Air Force, Donte has worked as a government contractor.

Donte is ready to combine his years of experience making government more efficient and his commitment to service by running for the 40th District of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Please visit Donte online.


Kathy Tran

City Year Staff Alum
Virginia House of Delegates Candidate in the 42nd District

Kathy came to America as a refugee from Vietnam before she was two years old. For her family, this country represented hope, opportunity, and freedom. Now, she's running for the Virginia House of Delegates to safeguard and advance the American ideals that brought her family here.

Kathy has devoted her career to ensuring that all Americans have the skills they need to succeed. At the U.S. Department of Labor, Kathy shaped and implemented national workforce development policies and programs, like the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, bipartisan legislation that expanded professional opportunities and transitional assistance for active duty service members and veterans. She most recently worked at the National Immigration Forum, advocating for policies that prepare all workers, including immigrants, to reach their full career potential.

Please visit Kathy online.


Juanita Perez Williams

US Navy
Candidate for Mayor of Syracuse, New York

Juanita Perez Williams is a Mexican-American, whose grandparents migrated from Guanajuato, Mexico. Her parents played an important role in her life, always struggling to make ends meet however devoted to activism in the farmworkers movement. As a child, Juanita participated in one of the first Early Head-Start programs, was a recipient of free student lunches, attended college through the Equal Opportunity Program and in 1986 received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. After receiving her law degree, Juanita served five-years in the Navy Judge Advocates Program (JAGC) where she handled high profile criminal cases, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Upon completion of her military service, Juanita relocated with her family to Upstate New York. In 2001 she accepted a legal position with Syracuse University and soon thereafter was promoted to Associate Dean of Students. In 2008, Juanita was appointed by then Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to serve New York State as an Assistant Attorney General.

Please visit Juanita online.


Ryan_McGill_Photo.jpgRyan McGill

US Navy and US Marine Corps
Candidate for City Councilor-at-Large, Charlotte, North Carolina

Ryan McGill was born and raised in the Reno/Carson area of Nevada, went to public schools, and enlisted in the Navy when he was 17 and had graduated from high school. He served for four years, including as a Navy diver aboard the USS Emory S Land in Norfolk VA, and upon completion of his service, Ryan attended the University of Nevada-Reno and earned a BA in International Affairs.

Like many Americans, Ryan was altered permanently by 9/11, and he decided to serve again, this time as an officer in the Marine Corps. Ryan was trained in flight school to fly the CH-46E helicopter and was stationed out of Camp Pendleton, CA. Ryan served for eight years in the Marines, including three combat deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Following his service, Ryan received a Master’s in Leadership from Northeastern University and joined the private sector, in addition to becoming a board member of the Seven Stars Foundation, founding OUTVETS, and being a political partner with the Truman National Security Project. Ryan now works as a project manager for a Charlotte-based residential construction small business and flies Blackhawk helicopters for the National Guard out of Salisbury, North Carolina.

Please visit Ryan online.

Paula_Phillips_Headshot.jpgPaula Phillips

City Year
Elected to School Board in Milwaukee, WI in 2017

Paula is a City Year alumna and candidate for the public school board in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Paula is a first generation Filipina-American who developed a lifelong passion for education after seeing the tremendous impact it had on her own life and stabilizing influence it can have on those with difficult lives at home.

Paula spent over three years working for City Year in Milwaukee and a year as a Public Ally, earning degrees from Milwaukee Area Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison along the way. Paula is running for the school board in order to advocate for the success of every child in her district through supporting educators and strengthening community partnerships.

Please visit Paula online.


Are you a servant leader interested in serving in public office? Visit the New Politics Leadership Academy to learn more.

Check out our 2016 candidates here!