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SUSAN ADES STONE

Founder & Chief Strategist

Susan spent most of her career as a journalist covering stories about the environment and medicine for CNN, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on PBS and The World Science Festival. She won a George Polk Award for her work exposing the roots of abortion clinic violence. But more recently she became an accidental expert in grassroots campaigns when, with her good friend Barbara Howard, she launched Women On 20s and succeeded in convincing the U.S. Treasury to put a woman (Harriet Tubman!) on the $20 bill. The campaign quickly went viral with more than a million people participating in a national conversation and an online poll to choose a woman hero to honor on our paper currency. Susan has high hopes for engaging the public again in a new voting exercise with The Proxy Project -- a simple, game-changing plan for getting more young people to the polls. She’s excited about handing the reins this time to a great team of teens who seem to be born to lead and take control of their future.

KATE MANNING

Executive Director

Kate is the author of the novels My Notorious Life, and Whitegirl. A former documentary producer for public television, she has won two Emmy awards, and written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Elle, Glamour, and other magazines. Her writing has focused on social change, especially concerned with issues of women’s rights, race, and income inequality. As a parent, and a teacher of creative writing at Bard High School Early College, Kate has been deeply engaged with issues that affect the future of young people. When her friend and fellow journalist Susan Ades Stone floated the idea that has now become The Proxy Project, Kate signed on to support a great team of teenage Activators who are turning out their Proxies to vote this November.

RANEN MIAO

Youth Director

Ranen is a senior at Millburn High School in New Jersey. He serves as the chair of the NJ Youth Progressive Policy Group, working to amplify the voices of young people, and is a member of the USA Debate Team, proudly representing America internationally in debate. Ranen is passionate about politics and philanthropy, specifically the empowerment of young voices. In his free time, he loves working for local charities, catching up on current events, and binging Netflix. He is excited to work with the Proxy Project to give young people opportunities to participate in elections!

EMMY ADAMS

Founding Organizer & Director of Engagement

Hello world ! My name is Emmy Adams I am 18 years old and am a recent high school graduate of Golden High School in Jefferson County, Colorado. I have been an active member in my community since as long as I can remember, always looking at what needs improvement and trying my best to make that positive change. I’ve been very involved in activism my whole life and have been attending protests and rallies for as long as I could physically hold a sign up. I’ve volunteered for many organizations striving to make a change including Planned Parenthood, New Era Colorado (voter registration group), Greenpeace, Climate Reality Project, Brady Campaign and many more! I have also started three organizations including my high schools Environment Club, a advocacy group for people with Down Syndrome called The Gift of Grace and a gun violence prevention group in my school district called Jeffco Students Demand Action! I am passionate about many things and spend most of my time trying to do what I can to leave this world better than how I found it. I am so excited to be working on the Proxy Project to help make sure my generation makes our voices heard and that this midterms we show up to the polls!!!

PAIGE CROMLEY

Founding Organizer

Paige is a junior at John Cooper High School in Woodlands, Texas, and is involved in various youth activist organizations, including March For Our Lives Houston. She's currently working on Students Rise, a non-profit dedicated to getting voter registration in high schools across Texas. She can't wait to vote in two years and is excited about all the young people getting more involved in politics. In her editorial about The March For Our Lives movement in The Houston Chronicle, Paige wrote, “Don’t worry, adults — the world is still yours. You run it, not us… But remember that we have to live here, too. We need to be protected. Most importantly, we need to be heard.” Paige runs on her school’s cross-country team, and has a rabbit named Thalia.

Xevion Baptiste

Campaign Advisor

Xevion is a specialist in data analysis and communications, most recently as an analyst at American Express. In previous work, she was a community empowerment intern at Univision Communications, an investments analyst at Calvert Foundation, and served as a White House intern with the National Economic Council. Xevion earned her Master's Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in New York City. She fell in love with voting at age 4, when her mom let her cast a ballot. She’s excited about helping teens, Dreamers and the otherwise disenfranchized, find voices at the ballot box through The Proxy Project while also helping educate a new generation of engaged voters.