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.


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.

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headshot_Moulton.pngCongressman Seth Moulton

US Marine Captain
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. 

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Congressman Mike Gallagher

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

Mike is a foreign policy advisor. Gallagher served seven years of active duty in the Marine Corps and worked in counterintelligence. He was a John Hay Initiative advisor on foreign affairs. Gallagher worked on Capitol Hill as a staff member to U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsChairman 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 at 



Congressman Scott Taylor

2018 re-elect, Virginia's 2nd District

Scott Taylor is an entrepreneur, US Navy SEAL, and candidate for Virginia's 2nd Congressional District. As a SEAL, Scott deployed to Iraq, South, and Central America. He is a frequent guest on national television to discuss national security, military issues, and foreign policy.

Prior to running for Congress, Scott served as a member of the Virginia War Memorial Board of Trustees. He currently serves in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing Virginia's 85th District.

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Shenna_Bellows_1.jpgState 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 at



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 at



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. 



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.

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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.


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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 at



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 at



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 at 



Alderman Jake Auchincloss

US Marine
2017 re-elect, Alderman of 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 at


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 at

Paula_Phillips_Headshot.jpgPaula Phillips

City Year
Candidate for School Board in Milwaukee, WI 

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 on Facebook.


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