Who We Are
The Association of Young Americans (AYA)
is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization advocating on behalf of young people at the federal level.
AYA works to advance policies and legislation that benefit our generation and contribute to the future we want to be a part of. We focus on the issues most important to our membership: student debt, climate change, and healthcare.
Our strength is in our numbers. We are 23,000+ members strong, spanning across all 50 states. Our advocacy team listens closely to our members and works directly with lawmakers and stakeholders to make legislative progress on their behalf.
AYA was founded
Suspension on Student Loan Payments
Expansion of Affordable Care Act
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law climate investments
Overhaul of Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
Student loan cancellation for defrauded borrowers
Lisa GiordanoExecutive Director
Lisa makes sure that AYA is meeting our legislative goals and best serving our membership. Lisa has been with AYA since the very beginning, originally working in comms to establish AYA's voice.
Jamie TurnerCommunications Manager
Jamie works to meet young people where they are. She has a background in political advocacy working with orgs like NAACP and small grassroots movements in D.C., where she was an on-the-ground organizer working directly to change the material conditions of Black and Brown communities within the area.
David MasseyLegislative Assistance
David researches and tracks bills important to AYA's membership, along with members of Congress and their voting records. David has a background in political science and has run and worked on multiple campaigns.
Albert SamrethWeb Design
Albert is an artist and web designer, part of the design practice Collection Agency. He made the thing that you're clicking on.
Michael Ray-VonWeb Development
Michael is an artist and web developer, part of the design practice Collection Agency. He made the thing that you're clicking on.
Sophie is a multidisciplinary artist and designer. She is focused on growing AYA’s visual identity across all social media platforms.
Part of the government affairs group Fulcrum Public Affairs, Andrea works with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to advocate for climate action.
Part of the government affairs group Fulcrum Public Affairs, Sarah works with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to advocate for climate action.
Board of Directors
Tylik is the National Director of Youth and College and Senior Policy Advisor for the National Action Network, one of the nation's leading civil rights organizations. He works to educate lawmakers and stakeholders on the challenges and opportunities facing communities by advocating for more resources and policies that help advance economic and social equality.
Jessica is a community organizer who has worked with organizations such as March for Our Lives and the California Democratic Party. Her passion is working within the community to uplift it.
Graeme is government and public sector consultant based out of D.C. He currently serves on the Youth Advisory Board for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Speak Truth to Power, which aims to engage, educate, and equip young activists with human rights education and tools for organizing.
Stefani is a PR professional who develops and implements thoughtful comms strategies for her clients and helps them effectively engage key stakeholders. She enjoys mentoring students & young professionals and using her expertise to give back to her community, focusing on socioeconomic justice.