About the Gen Alliance
In 2005, three organizations — Young People For, The League of Young Voters Education Fund, and The Movement Strategy Center — came together to address the lack of collaboration and coordination within the youth movement. We realized that there were organizations doing similar work, in the same city, campus, and sometimes on the same block. Out of a shared analysis of the problem, came a vision for a solution: the Generational Alliance, a collaboration of national youth organizations building community & collective power for the emerging majority of young people of color, women, LGBTQ folks, and low-income communities--who usually don't have a seat at the table.
The Gen Alliance supports its members by organizing in five ways:
1. Create cultural spaces for young progressive leaders
2. Sit in progressive spaces that have historically left out underrepresented communities
3. Provide trainings for staff of members' organizations to fill the leadership development gap
4. Help organizations collaborate on advocacy issues they align with
5. Uplift and promote their communications efforts
Gen Alliance Staff
Carmen Berkley, Executive Director | Carmen Berkley currently serves as the Executive Director of the Generational Alliance, a collaboration of 20 youth organizations that builds community and collective power for the emerging majority of young people of color, women, LGBTQ folks, and low-income communities. Prior to her current role, Carmen served as the New Media Specialist at the largest union in the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, where she built websites, wrote emails and ran social media campaigns. Carmen’s love of on-the-ground grassroots organizing allowed her to gain years of experience serving as the National Field Director of Choice USA, Deputy Director of Field and Turnout for the One Nation Working Together Campaign and Regional Field Director for the NAACP. Carmen’s first and favorite job allowed her to serve millions of students as President of the United States Student Association (USSA), where she fought for access to higher education and led students through the 2008 election and many legislative victories. Her love of training and leadership development allows her to serve as a Trainer for Campus Camp Wellstone and Managing Consultant for Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, LLC. This Pittsburgh native is proud graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.
Getachew Kassa, Policy and Organizing Manager | Getachew Kassa is currently the Policy and Organizing Manager at the Generational Alliance– a role that allows him to work with 20 national youth organization to help build community and collective power for underrepresented and low-income communities. Prior to his current role, Getachew consulted with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, helping to support the organization’s work on the Fisher v. UT Austin Supreme Court affirmative action case. Getachew’s first job out of college was with the United States Student Association (USSA), which allowed him to serve millions of college students to make education a right. As Legislative Director for USSA, Getachew advocated on Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Department of Education to increase access and affordability of higher education. This Oregon native by way of Sudan and Ethiopia, is a first generation college graduate of the University of Oregon, where he majored in Political Science and minored in Business Administration, and is the son of proud immigrant parents.
Ryane Ridenour, Political Communications Coordinator | Ryane Ridenour, formerly known as Ashli, currently serves as the Political Communications Coordinator at the Gen Alliance--where she conceptualizes and directs all of their digital strategies and messaging, while trying to bring together young progressive communicators. Ryane moved to Washington, DC to take a Programs & Development Fellowship with the Women's Campaign Fund. After her fellowship, Ryane spent her first year in DC working for the Women's Information Network and in the Affiliate and National Programs Department at NARAL Pro-Choice America, where her legacy became encouraging the organization to focus on young people and campus work, as well as paying their interns a livable wage. As a participant in the We Lead Program, Center for Progressive Leadership Fellowship Program, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund Political Leaders Program, Young People For Alumni Board and Fem-Ex Program, Ryane is preparing herself to start a youth leadership development organization that helps turn Texas from red to blue, y'all. She will also run for office in El Paso before she turns 30.