The Young Greens Steering Committee is comprised of 9 positions. For more information about the roles and responsibilities of Steering Committee members, please see the YGUS By-laws.
Co-Chair, Alexis Hernandez
Alexis Hernandez resides in Los Angeles, California and is a college graduate from Humboldt State University, where he earned a Bachelor degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Advocacy and Institutions. Alexis has been afforded the privilege of providing direct service through his year as an AmeriCorps Member. In college, Alexis held multiple leadership positions which include interning with a grassroots advocacy organization that focuses on Water, Homelessness, Immigration, and Police Brutality and Accountability, served in numerous roles in Student Government, and took advantage of experimental learning by directing a volunteer service-learning program that provided reduced competitive recreational time in some of lowest served elementary schools in the area. Alexis is passionate about Holistic Education, Immigration, and Civic Engagement/National Service.
Co-Chair, Jacob Falzone
Jacob is an adult student at Guilford College pursuing the following degrees: History B.A. and German Language and Culture B.A. with a minor in Philosophy. He intends to attend law school after graduation and practice environmental law. Jacob is most passionate about social justice and environmental wisdom. As a Young Green, Jacob has been rigorously involved with the national party, his local party, and the YGUS. In 2016 Jacob volunteered to be a regional volunteer coordinator for the Stein/Baraka campaign working directly with the state volunteer coordinator. On behalf of the YGUS, Jacob worked closely with the founding members of the International Indigenous Youth Council to co-organize a student and youth assembly on 19 January 2017 in Washing D.C. Also in 2017 he helped co-found the Triad North Carolina Greens. As co-chair he looks forward to working with his fellow committee members to address the issues facing young Americans.
Co-Chair, Mary Jane Oviatt
Mary Jane Oviatt is an undergraduate at the University of Illinois studying environmental science and horticulture. She co-founded the Illini Young Green Party in the fall of 2016, stirring up support for Stein/Baraka campaign alongside the local chapter in Champaign-Urbana. She focuses her organizing around environmental issues, specifically fossil fuels and agriculture. An avid learner, Mary Jane strives to educate people on issues, and encourages the apathetic to become active in their communities. As a co-chair, MJ hopes to facilitate a strong, close-knit youth caucus, that actively organizes together around anti-capitalist and anti-colonialist campaigns. The future is Green!
Co-Chair, Brian Tholl
Brian Tholl grew up in South Suburban Chicago and now resides in New Jersey where he is the the Young Greens/Campus Greens Coordinator. He joined the Green Party because of its commitment to peace and its resistance to the many forms of violence around the world. He received a BA from The Pennsylvania State University and is currently completing a PhD in Italian Studies at Rutgers University, where he is writing a dissertation on the connection between fascist national security policy and present-day immigration policy and detention centers in Italy.
Treasurer, Ben Conover
Ben Conover is a Midwesterner with a passion for philosophy, data, and soccer. He currently serves as Outreach Coordinator for the Green Party of St. Louis, an organizer with Mobilize Missouri, and a local activist in Maplewood, Missouri where he resides. Ben has a master's in Philosophy of Science from the University of California, Irvine and his bachelor's in Philosophy from Saint Louis University. He follows the Colorado Avalanche and Tottenham Hotspur quite closely, and never misses brunch.
Secretary, Damian Gonzales
Damian Gonzales is a born and raised Coloradoan, Libertarian Socialist, Green Party leader, and community rights activist. Damian began his work in electoral politics in 2015 by volunteering as a phone banker for Bernie Sanders. In 2016 he served as the Caucus Captian and as a canvasser for the Sanders Campaign. After the Primary season, he moved on to the Green Party and immediately began working with Green leaders all over the Country to start to reach out to the communities that are the most vulnerable because of capitalism. He is also part of the Anti-Fracking movement in Colorado that is urging voters to support a State Constitutional amendment to ban fracking. Damian's primary focus is educating people about Ecological Socialism and the flaws of capitalism
Delegate to the National Committee, Michael Dennis
Mike works to communicate the ideas, enthusiasm, and party vision of the Youth Caucus to the National Committee. As a high school junior, Mike worked from the US House Floor as a page for the House Republican Caucus. Later, they assisted and managed capital offices for Democratic state legislators in Pennsylvania. Having worked intimately with both duopoly parties and seeing the corrupt system and ridiculous behaviour it inspires, they became involved with third-party politics and the Green Party. Mike was the Systems Manager for the Stein/Baraka Campaign and Deputy Campaign Manager for Cheri Honkala’s campaign for State Representative. Mike can be reached at 717-873-0588 (text preferred). Preferred pronouns: they/them/theirs.
Delegate to the National Committee, Ursula Rozum
Ursula is based in her home town of Syracuse, NY. She began questioning the 2-party system while writing a paper on Agent Orange in the 10th grade. In 2012, Ursula won 22,000 votes (8%) in a three-way race for Congress. She has worked on several electoral campaigns, most notably managing Howie Hawkins 2014 campaign for NY Governor. She serves as Secretary for the Green Party of NY. Like most Greens, she is interested in a million issues, but especially health care as a human right, stopping the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, and ending the US’ imperialist policies that terrorize people around the world. She is adamant about list building and voter ID during campaigns. Ursula loves bicycles, local organic produce, her dog Kahlua, and salsa dancing.
Alternate Delegate to the National Committee, Zack Looney
Zack’s work in progressive activism began during high school when he was elected president of his high school’s Young Progressives club. Upon entering college, Zack found his home inside the Green Party and started a Young Greens chapter on MTSU’s campus. Zack has experience as a member on Healthy and Free TN’s Youth Council, advocating for reproductive rights and sexual health in addition to being a Tennessee Ambassador for Planned Parenthood. Much of Zack’s activist work has been focused on coalition building between advocates of various progressive issues. As a part of this push for intersectionality, Zack’s passion and activist work has been centered around ecology, anti-violence, civil rights for all, and reproductive rights. As a member of the Green Party Youth Caucus Steering Committee, Zack looks forward to doing all he can to strengthen and grow the party.