Paul is the author of Soul of a Citizen,  The Impossible Will Take a Little While (named the #3 political book of 2004 by the History Channel and the American Book Association), Generation at the CrossroadsNuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. His books have over 300,000 copies in print. He’s written on social involvement for The New York TimesWashington PostUSA Today, Los Angeles TimesAARP Bulletin, Chronicle of Higher EducationPsychology Today,Redbook, Inside Higher Ed, Christian Science Monitor, Parents Magazine, and the International Herald Tribune. Paul has been interviewed on CNN, NPR, PBS, C-SPAN, Fox News, NBC TV, the BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Voice of America and national German and Australian radio, and has lectured on over 400 college campuses. He attended Stanford University and the New School for Social Research and participated in the U.S. Department of Education’s 2011 round-table on higher education and civic engagement. Paul founded CEEP in 2008.

“Colleges and universities can do so much to help their students engage as active citizens, but too often they don’t, in part because they don’t know how. I’ve spent a lot of the past thirty years visiting campuses and speaking at academic conferences to talk about my civic engagement books, so it made sense to found CEEP as a way for schools to learn from the most effective approaches nationwide. There’s a lot of political cynicism in our culture, but to me the antidote starts with citizen participation.”  

AMY LUDWIG, National Director

As Illinois Campus Compact’s former Associate Director, Amy oversaw programming and coordinated and developed conferences for faculty, staff and students. She was responsible for helping member campuses grow and develop their service learning and civic engagement programs and for managing the finances of the organization. Amy graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism and spent her first three years working in advertising. In search of a change, Amy enrolled and graduated from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a Master’s in Higher Education Administration, and upon graduation, moved to Chicago and began working at DePaul University in the Office of Student Life. While working at DePaul University, Amy became passionate about student’s involvement in their community and the electoral process, which led her to Illinois Campus Compact. For six years, Amy has worked to ensure the highest possible quality of ILCC programs and works with each institution’s community service staff to bring resources, ideas and experts to better their work. Amy joined CEEP in 2014 as the Illinois outreach director and saw the direct positive impact CEEP had on engaging students, faculty and staff.  As the new National Director, Amy is excited to continue working on bringing new and innovative resources to schools across the nation and to further help implement long term strategic goals for schools to implement electoral engagement programs on their campuses.

“Students should be asking themselves what laws are or aren’t in place that allow for a homeless shelter down the street from my classroom building which is valued at more than $4 million. What’s going on in our political system that allows for this dichotomy to happen. Once students start to ask themselves these types of questions, how can they not participate in the electoral process?”

COURTNEY COCHRAN, Associate Director, Pennsylvania & West Virginia Director

Summer 2015 marked the beginning of Courtney’s journey with CEEP. Courtney is an alumna of California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U), gaining a Master of Science in Legal Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Throughout her collegiate career, Courtney served as an employee to Cal U’s Alumni Association and Annual Fund Office, working with, and as a board member, to increase scholarship funds and promote Cal U For Life, instilling a sense of lifelong commitment and responsibility to her alma mater. In 2011, as an undergraduate Courtney worked with Organizing for Action organizing on-campus and in the local community, taking on the responsibility of proving to her community that college students are aware and interested in elections. She maintained her love for grassroots campaigns and followed her feet to Tucson, Arizona, where she worked on the most competitive DCCC frontline race in the country as the only female field organizer in Pima County for Ron Barber’s re-election campaign. Courtney is glad to be back in her home state of Pennsylvania enjoying all the culture Pittsburgh has to offer and is enthusiastic and ready to fulfill her duty in engaging youth in voter education and enlightenment.


Monica Matteo-Salinas received her BA in Social Relations & Policy from James Madison College, an honors college within Michigan State University. She currently is the Campus Coordinator for the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy at Miami-Dade College. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Miami Beach Community Development Corporation. Originally from Michigan, Monica has lived in various international locations, including Mexico and New York City. Monica is a mother to two boys and an advocate for human rights, quality education & affordable housing. “Student Involvement matters because we have the power to influence positive change in our communities. Our future is in our hands – our future is now!”


Samantha Bayne is a sophomore studying Political Science, Law, Politics, and Society, and Philosophy at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She joined the Iowa Campus Compact and CEEP team in October 2017. Samantha is very passionate about dialogue and voter registration, so she is incredibly excited to begin working on election engagement projects at institutions across Iowa! Samantha brought non-partisan discourse programs to her school and interned for a nonpartisan voting rights organization as a first-year, and she is now using that experience as the Student Services Senator in Drake’s student government. She cannot wait to begin connecting with other higher education institutions and start working on projects to engage students across Iowa in the political process. If you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions for her, please feel free to reach out via email.

KATY BUTLER, Michigan Director

Katy has a Bachelors Degree in Women’s Studies and Sociology from The George Washington University in Washington DC and a Masters in Diversity and Equity Education from the University of Illinois. For the past 6 years she has been working in activism and social justice, focusing on community engagement and education, managing online communities, and using social media to start and win multiple online campaigns. Having been bullied in middle school for being gay, Katy initiated a successful national campaign when she was 15 to get the Motion Picture Association of America to change of rating of the film Bully from R to PG13, so students across the country could watch it and start conversations on the subject. Gathering a half million names on a petition to change the rating, Katy was covered or interviewed by ABC NightlineCBS This MorningThe Ellen Show, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Reuters, and Teen Vogue.  In addition to working with community organizations and national non-profits, Katy spent 3 years in Washington DC spearheading the Congressional Caucus to End Bullying, working with Caucus chair, Congressman Mike Honda (CA17).

CHAD FOGLEMAN, North Carolina Director, North Carolina Campus Compact Assistant Director

Chad oversees the Compact’s communications efforts and coordinates network events and professional development, awards, and the Campus Election Engagement Project. He also assists in organizational and fund development. Prior to joining NC Campus Compact in 2012, Chad worked at Brown University’s Education Alliance, conducting educational policy and practice research related to the academic success of diverse K-12 learners. He was a program officer at UNC Chapel Hill’s Carolina Center for Public Service, where he helped establish what is now the Buckley Public Service Scholars Program. He taught middle and high school English at an independent school in Raleigh, and he spent a year living and teaching in Japan as part of the Japan Exchange & Teaching Program.

PARKER LINDNER, Nevada Director

Parker holds a B.A. in Communication and Community from The Evergreen State College and M.P.A. (Masters of Public Administration) from The Evans Schools of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. Parker worked for the Seattle Community Colleges for 13 years where she created instructional media, founded distance learning programs and spearheaded the coordinated studies program “Power, Politics and Persuasion in the Information Age.” Long interested in telecommunications and information policy, she worked on issues of universal service, access to technology, privacy and the digital divide. She was Senior Policy Analyst for the Washington Higher Education Coordinating board; Instructional Designer at Microsoft; Advisory Board member to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission; and board member of ACLU Washington.

“As a lifelong advocate for access and inclusion, I believe the way to make democracy work is to encourage and enable everyone’s voice to be heard. Voting is fundamental to navigating our path to the future. I’m delighted to participate in this project to bring student interest, passion and excitement back into the democratic process.”

LESHA FARIAS, Ohio Director

Lesha has a B.A. International Studies, Miami University of OH, MA International Relations, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

When inequality’s negative effects bring local communities to their knees, the question remains: What can local citizens do?

This question has driven my career and avocations throughout my life. From directing VISTA volunteers to implementing the Connect to Complete Program, my professional work for 14 years with Ohio Campus Compact has been about getting campuses to recognize and address the unmet needs and human rights of their students and local communities. In parallel, all of my local electoral politics and community work have been similarly focused, from working at the grassroots level on teams to develop community gardens, emergency shelters, a thrift store and food pantry, to addressing the emergency needs of people facing evictions, utility shut offs, empty refrigerators, and unfilled prescriptions. Ultimately we must work for systemic change so all people can have dignity and live in a just society.

I am happy to now be working  with the Campus Election Engagement Project, and hope to bring my professional background and personal experiences to bear on the work campuses are doing to build cultures of engagement.

TONYA McGINNIS, Virginia Director

Tonya is a 2013 graduate of Virginia Tech, where she was an active member of the campus community. As a member of the Sierra Club student organization Beyond Coal, Tonya successfully led 32 faculty members to express their support for the organization during its first year on campus. In 2010, Tonya worked in direct-action for the Clean Energy Campaign, conducting one-on-one conversations about clean energy with Roanoke, Virginia, community members. In 2012 and 2013 she coordinated transportation to the polls for Virginia Tech students — recruiting a fleet of community volunteers as well as a privately-owned bus called the Vote Taxi. As a 2013 Campus Election Engagement Project Fellow, Tonya facilitated 2,032 phone conversations between volunteers and young voters and 1,500 face-to-face conversations during Get Out the Vote efforts for the Gubernatorial Election. Her team registered 3,000 students at Virginia Tech. Tonya credits a 2012 experience where a poll-worker incorrectly told her she was ineligible to vote as her motivation for continuing to focus on engaging young voters in Virginia. Because she knew her rights as a student voter, she successfully pushed back until her ballot was counted, something she could not have done had she not been informed.

“The youth vote makes up one-fourth of the electorate; empowering this generation is the key to a vibrant democracy in America.”

LUKE VERDECCHIA, Wisconsin Director, Wisconsin Campus Compact

Luke joined CEEP in 2017 and is currently a sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Journalism and Spanish. During his time at UW-Madison, he has engaged in voter outreach work through an internship with Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl, where he has created a long-term communications plan between the City and the University. Because of his work, the City now can display important voter outreach material across campus, something that has historically been of great difficulty. He has also served as a Special Registration Deputy (SRD) and Election Official (EO). He is driven by a desire to make sure everyone can perform their civic duty easily and efficiently, a goal he believes can be achieved through education.

MARGOT LAIRD, Development and Special Projects Coordinator

Margot earned her B.A. from Washington University, her M.A. from Northwestern, and her Ph.D. from University of Minnesota. She worked at the University of Minnesota for twenty years doing graduate level teaching, program development and management, and educational research and evaluation. Her Ph.D. studies and work focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning; alternative research & evaluation methodologies; and community engagement. She also served as Associate Director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse and as the Professional Development and Leadership trainer for the International Humphrey Fellowship Program for mid-career professionals from developing countries around the world, sponsored and funded by the U. S. Department of State. In addition to her work in academia, Margot has done extensive professional development training in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her work for CEEP has included supervising our wonderfully-received nonpartisan candidate guides, conducting our post-election precinct analysis, working on fundraising development, and developing campus resource materials.

“My all-time favorite quote regarding service comes from Lilla Watson, an Indigenous Australian activist who stated ‘If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.’ Her statement captures beautifully the essential aspect of working together toward a better future for all. Not only do I believe passionately about the importance of voting, but I see this project at its core as a vital community service initiative that reflects the spirit of Watson’s statement and changes those that serve as much as it changes those that are served. It is a project that is both energizing and hopeful to be involved in.”

ELLEN FINKELSTEIN, Lead Campaign Guides Researcher

Ellen holds a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University. She worked at Encyclopaedia Britannica for 19 years, honing her fact-checking skills and sense of nuances as a copy editor for a variety of yearbooks, project coordinator for several books, and project manager for the online Britannica. She worked on all phases of print publications—from concept and development of articles, soliciting authors, review and editing, design, page proofs, and finished product. Ellen worked as organizer for Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation, where she wrote, solicited, and edited articles for newsletter, email alerts, & other publications, as well as organized and provided support for programs, forums, and conferences. She was director of a summer program for high school students that helped high-school students develop leadership, competency and confidence, to interpret the world and solve problems, and to advocate for themselves and create positive change in their communities.

“Much of my work and political experience has been, at core, about communication (written and verbal) and about making things accurate, accessible, and clear – to create information that gives different audiences the tools to act for positive social change. I have a deep commitment to empowering people, giving them support, skill, and information to find their voice(s) and become effective advocates for themselves.”

JONATHAN S. ROMM, Senior Advisor

Jonathan holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Marquette University and an M. Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. He served in the United States Peace Corps in Vanuatu as a Math and English volunteer from 2002-2005. Upon successfully completing his service, Jonathan, along with two other Returned Peace Corps Volunteers founded the Tsunami Assistance Project, which funded and built an orphanage in Nagaputinam, India. After receiving his master’s degree, Jonathan worked for four years with North Carolina Campus Compact managing their AmeriCorps*VISTA, Summer Associate, and  Student Conference projects, and their 2008 CEEP efforts. Jonathan was CEEP’s 2012 National Director and has been consulting with us ever since.