John_Bridgeland.jpgJohn Bridgeland, President & CEO, Civic Enterprises


John Bridgeland is CEO of Civic Enterprises, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C. President Obama appointed Bridgeland to the White House Council for Community Solutions. Previously, Bridgeland served as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council in the first term of President George W. Bush. He also became Assistant to the President and first Director of the USA Freedom Corps, where he coordinated policy on international, national, community, and faith-based service in the aftermath of 9/11. Bridgeland is the author of the book, Heart of the Nation: Volunteering and America's Civic Spirit. He is also Vice Chairman of Malaria No More and Senior Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria, which is working to mobilize the public and private sectors to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. He was also the co-convener of ServiceNation, a Presidential forum with Senators John McCain and Barack Obama on September 11, 2008, and a national summit that showcased a comprehensive plan, which became the basis for the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act that was signed into law in 2009. His work on the high school dropout crisis helped bring national attentiont o the issue, with the TIME cover story "Dropout Nation" and two Oprah Winfrey shows prompted by his report, The Silent Epidemic. Over the last four years, he has co-authored the annual report, Building a Grad Nation, that launched a "Civic Marshall Plan" to meet the national goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the Class of 2020, which for the first time the nation is on pace to do. 


Alan_Khazei_portrait_216.jpgAlan Khazei, Founder and CEO, Be The Change, Inc.


Alan Khazei is a social entrepreneur who has pioneered ways for citizens to make a difference. Alan is the founder and CEO of Be The Change, Inc., which creates bi-partisan national issue based campaigns to affect public policy and culture by organizing coalitions of nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, policymakers, private sector leaders, academics, and citizens. Be The Change has three campaigns: Opportunity Nation to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America; Got Your 6 to support veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and recognize them as civic assets and leaders. Alan is also the co-founder and former CEO of City Year, an education focused national service program that served as the model for President Clinton's AmeriCorps program. Alan has served on the boards of leading nonprofits and has been a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. He is the author of Big Citizenship: How pragmatic idealism can bring out the best in America. Alan lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife, Vanessa Kirsch, founder and Managing Director of New Profit Inc., and their two children.


Harris.jpgHarris Wofford

Senior Advisor

As a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, chair of America's Promise, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy, Harris Wofford played a key role in passing the trailblazing legislation that created AmeriCorps, the Learn and Serve America program and the Corporation for National and Community Service. After helping launch the Peace Corps, Mr. Wofford held the post of special assistant to President John F. Kennedy, as well as chairman of the White House Sub-Cabinet Group on Civil Rights from 1961 to 1962. He also served as counsel to Rev. Theodore Hesburgh on the first U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and trustee to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change. Mr. Wofford was president of both the State University of New York’s new College at Old Westbury (1966-70) and of Bryn Mawr College (1970-78). Additionally, Mr. Wofford is a member of the National Commission on Service-Learning chaired by Senator John Glenn. He also serves on the boards of Youth Service America and the Points of Light Foundation. He is the author of numerous publications including Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties (1980). In 1950, Senator Wofford and his late wife Clare co-authored the book India Afire, which reported on the first year of independence in India and urged the civil rights movement in America to adopt Gandhi’s strategy of non-violent direct action. 


Jay_Mangone.jpgJason Mangone


Jason Mangone serves as Director for the Franklin Project. Jason served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps from 2006-2010. As a platoon commander with Third Battalion, Second Marines, he led Marines on three deployments in Iraq, the Middle East, and Haiti. Jason left the Marine Corps and went on to work as a research associate in the Military Fellows program at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2010-2011. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College in 2006, and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs in 2013. Jason is married to Kara, whom he met at Boston College. 

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mackenzie.moritz.jpgMacKenzie Moritz

Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships

MacKenzie Moritz serves as the Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships for the Franklin Project. After graduating from college, MacKenzie served as a 2006 Teach For America corps member where he taught 9th grade world history in southwest Philadelphia. He subsequently joined Teach For America’s recruitment team where he spent five years working to grow the scale and diversity of TFA’s corps in various roles, most recently as the managing director of Teach For America’s national recruitment strategy & technology team. He graduated with B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2006 and earned a M.Ed in Secondary Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. MacKenzie lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Melissa. 

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Tara Maller 

Associate Directofor Strategic Communications 

Maller serves as the Associate Director for Strategic Communications for the Franklin Project. She is also a research fellow in the International Security Program at New America. Previously, Tara worked at BrightWire Inc., a NY-based startup, where she served as the managing editor and managing director of Operations, Americas. She managed the media analyst team and provided editorial direction with regard to a wide range of economic and political topics. Tara also previously served as a military analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, where she focused on the Iraq insurgency. From 2010-11, Tara was a predoctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. During college, she interned in the DC Senate office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has recently published articles with,,, Bloomberg View, Al Jazeera America & The Huffington Post. She has also appeared as a commentator on Bloomberg, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, Al Jazeera America and HuffPost Live. Tara is  also currently a member of the Truman National Security Project and a fellow with the Millennial Action Network. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago. She graduated with a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College.

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Yasmeen_Shaheen-McConnell.jpgYasmeen Shaheen-McConnell

Program Manager

Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell is the Program Manager for the Franklin Project. Yasmeen is an AmeriCorps alumna, and served in 2008 with the Arab American Resource Corps in a community support and cultural resource position. Before joining the Franklin Project, Yasmeen was a business development consultant with News Deeply, a new media and technology startup. She previously managed programs at the Arab American Institute, where she oversaw youth and advocacy efforts, fundraising galas, leadership summits, and the Arab American Census Information Center. Yasmeen earned a master’s degree in Religion, Ethics and Politics from Harvard Divinity School in 2013. Her graduate research focused on post-conflict programs, peacebuilding and relationship mapping, which included extensive personal interviews with Catholic and Protestant religious leaders in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Affairs and Anthropology from George Washington University.

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Mayo_Sonko.jpgMayo Sonko

Program Coordinator

Mayo is the Program Coordinator for the Franklin Project. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and concentration in Urban Studies from Macalester College in 2013. While at Macalester, she had several internship experiences including ones with the Department of Transportation’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business and the district office of Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-5). Upon graduating, she served as an AmeriCorps member with Public Allies, Washington D.C. As a component of Public Allies, she completed an apprenticeship with the YMCA Youth and Family Services Branch, where she was a Program Associate with Linkages to Learning. She was responsible for coordinating after-school homework tutoring clubs at two elementary schools and helping provide a supportive environment for families that sought Linkages’ services.

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