I am an aspiring social entrepreneur who is passionate about empowering young people. Through my work, I have contributed to media outlets, advanced pro-democracy efforts nationally, and lead the policy operation for a Baltimore mayoral candidate. “Never Out of the Fight”
Chief Operating Officer
I am a recent UC Berkeley graduate with a degree in Business Administration. I began my time in BridgeUSA as one of the founders of the Berkeley chapter and now oversee all chapter operations. “The secret is to gang up on the problem, rather than each other.” —Thomas Stallkamp
Chief Marketing Officer
I am a graduate from Arizona State University with degrees in journalism and mass communication, and political science. I found Bridge as an answer to understanding both sides of the political spectrum, and am passionate about ﬁnding solutions and creating better politics. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
Director of Political Affairs
I am a junior at Arizona State University studying Political Science and Civic & Economic Thought & Leadership. I serve as a member of the Events Planning Committee for BridgeASU. “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” – Bob Kerrey
National Director of Youth Development
My name is Emily Garcia and I am the National Director of Youth Development at BridgeUSA. Currently, I am a student at Arizona State University pursuing a degree in Politics and the Economy. My role is to encourage high schoolers to participate in BridgeUSA’s mission before they enter college.
Senior Advisor, International Liaison (BridgeEurope)
Researcher, The Ezra Klein Show, New York Times
Co-founder of BridgeUSA. Palestinian-American. Lover of responsible discourse. Recovering centrist. Aspiring journalist. “To those who have hunger, give them bread; to those who have bread, give them a hunger for justice.” – Fr. Ted Hesburgh
Courtlyn grew up in western Colorado where she took full advantage of abundant opportunities to spend time outdoors hiking, biking, and skiing. Her love of the outdoors and concern for the environment led her to get a Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado (CU). While Courtlyn has always been drawn to this field, she recognizes that not everyone shares her environmental beliefs. Her interactions with people who disagree taught her to enjoy talking to people with different beliefs and to learn techniques to make progress amidst controversy. Realizing that people with seemingly different beliefs can find common ground to positively impact the world led to Courtlyn’s interest in and work with BridgeUSA.
John Rider has been with BridgeUSA in myriad roles. He started as a crowd-plant at a townhall as a favor for his friends, and has since served in roles ranging from chapter-level special projects coordinator to Chief Communications Officer of the national organization. His involvement began with BridgeUSA’s reinvention at the University of California in 2016. John’s current responsibility is as a human sounding board, helping rudder the boundless enthusiasm of BridgeUSA’s passionate students. “Like patience, tolerance is necessitated by something one would prefer did not exist. It involves managing the presence of the undesirable, the tasteless, the faulty—even the revolting, repugnant, or vile. In this activity of management, tolerance does not offer resolution or transcendence, but only a strategy for coping.” -Wendy Brown
I joined the BridgeUSA leadership in late 2016 in the wake of deep political divisions on college campuses across the country. As the Chief Strategy Officer, I facilitated strategic partnerships in the bridge community, worked directly with chapters, and helped lead BridgeUSA’s expansion. I am an aspiring attorney committed to advancing democracy. “If a man has the soul of an idealist, he will make—I do not say find—his world ideal.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
Senior Advisor, International Liaison (BridgeEurope)
Dr. Deb Mashek is the founder of Myco Consulting LLC, where she helps higher ed, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders advance complex collaborative initiatives.
Free Intelligent Conversation
Kyle is the founder of Free Intelligent Conversation (FreeIC) a nonprofit organization focused on facilitating engaging conversations in public spaces.
In This Together
Bill Shireman is the founder of Future 500 and In This Together. He brings together people from all sides of the political spectrum including capitalists, activists, conservatives, and progressives, among others.
American Conservation Coalition
Benji is President and Founder of the American Conservation Coalition, the nation’s largest market-based environmental organization.
Jeff Clements is president of American Promise, which unites Americans to ratify the next amendment to the US Constitution to to empower voters and combat corruption with better rules for money in elections.
The Artemis Agency
Sarah is an expert in entertainment strategy and engagement with extensive philanthropic experience working with many of the world’s leading global celebrities. Sarah has collaborated with foundations, corporations, NGOs and The White House across many issue areas.
Bridge the Divide & Mismatch
Clara Nevins is the co-founder of Bridge the Divide and Mismatch, platforms that enable middle and high school students to connect virtually across distance and divides to engage in political conversation.