Announcement: The addition of seven youth leaders to its Board of Directors and Board of Trustees!
America's Promise Youth Board Announcement - October 19, 2020
America’s Promise is excited to announce the
addition of seven youth leaders to our Board of Directors
and Board of Trustees! We are guided by the principle that
all young people should have a voice and a role in decisions
impacting their education and future, and we very much look forward
to the insight, energy, and solutions these new youth
leaders will bring.
Through participating in annual
convenings (in Washington and/or virtually), serving as
spokespeople and ambassadors for America’s Promise, and participating
in important conversations on how to improve on our mission, members
of both groups will have a prominent role in steering America’s
Promise Alliance on a stronger path towards working with young people, not
just for them.
The following new members were
selected from a competitive pool of applicants from across the
country to serve three-year terms:
Brittany Amano (Trustee), 23, is a business analyst at McKinsey & Company’s
San Francisco office. Prior toenteringmanagement consulting, Ms. Amano interned at J.P. Morgan,
the Partnership for Public Service, the White House Council of
Economic Advisers, and Amazon Web Services. She graduated from
Duke Universityas a David M. Rubenstein Scholar with abachelor’s degreein public policy and international comparative studies
and a certificate in markets and management studies.
Sophia Hala Chin (Board), 20, is a freshman at The George Washington University
in Washington, D.C., studying international affairs and
economics. Originally from South Windsor, Conn., Ms. Chin served
on the Connecticut State Board of Education from 2019-2020. An
accomplished tennis player, Sophia was the captain of her high
school’s tennis team and provided more than 400 hours of tennis
instruction to children as a volunteer at a local summer tennis
Cristian Gaines (Trustee), 18, is a senior at Newton North High School in
Newton, Mass., and a student at the Paul Robeson Institute for
Positive Self-Development. Mr. Gaines aspires to bring social
and educational equity to his community and beyond by leading
Black Lives Matter protests, establishing antiracism initiatives
such as Newton Overdue, and striving to be a role model for his
Black and brown peers and youth.
Maria Salmeron-Melendez (Trustee), 21, is a student and Posse Foundation Scholar at
Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., where she is studying
economics and government and law. Ms. Salmeron-Melendez has
interned at the National Board for Professional Teaching
Standards (NBPTS) and served as an Accelerate Fellow with Teach
for America. She received a 2017 National Gold Hispanic Heritage
Foundation award in education for her leadership as a student in
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).
Jahari Shelton (Board), 19, is a sophomore at Rhodes College in Memphis,
Tenn., and an independent consultant to Transcend Education. Mr.
Shelton has worked with several education organizations and
served as a youth commissioner on the Aspen Institute’s National
Commission for Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. His
passion for education began in 2016, when he joined the founding
team of Statesman College Preparatory Academy for Boys, a middle
school serving Black and brown boys in Washington.
Calvin Tran (Trustee), 23, is a board-certified music therapist and
recent graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. Following graduation,
Mr. Tran spent a year tutoring and mentoring students in Tulsa,
Okla. with City Year. He is passionate about exploring the
intersection between education and healthcare to empower,
inspire, and uplift young people and their communities.
Trinity Woodson (Board), 20, is a junior at Hampton University in Hampton,
Va., where she studies political science. Among her many
leadership experiences, Ms. Woodson is the founder of
“Trinity’s TumbleReads,” an initiative to provide story
time for children at a laundromat in her hometown of Suffolk,
Va. Her extensive background in political engagement and
advocacy includes internships with the Congressional Black
Caucus Foundation and U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin.