MINNESOTA YOUTH COLLECTIVE IS BUILT ON PASSION AND COMMUNITY.

OUR Staff INCLUDES YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE STATE, WITH A WIDE ARRAY OF COMMUNITY, ELECTORAL, AND POLITICAL ORGANIZING EXPERIENCE.


Staff

Aurora Vautrin (she/her/hers)    Organizing Manager   Aurora grew up in Duluth, where she developed a passion for environmental and social justice. A graduate from Gustavus, she’s been organizing since 2010, starting as an intern with the DFL and Women Winning. Aurora then went on to work for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and Erin Murphy’s campaign for governor. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and camping with her pupper, Olive.

Aurora Vautrin (she/her/hers)

Organizing Manager

Aurora grew up in Duluth, where she developed a passion for environmental and social justice. A graduate from Gustavus, she’s been organizing since 2010, starting as an intern with the DFL and Women Winning. Aurora then went on to work for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and Erin Murphy’s campaign for governor. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and camping with her pupper, Olive.

Emily Wellen (she/her/hers)    Executive Director   Co-founder of MNYC, Emily started her career working for the Obama campaign and has since worked on candidate and issue campaigns across the country. Her life’s mission is to knock down every barrier to civic engagement and leadership. When she has a minute, she loves putting together playlists on Spotify and scheming on how to make her dog Instagram famous.

Emily Wellen (she/her/hers)

Executive Director

Co-founder of MNYC, Emily started her career working for the Obama campaign and has since worked on candidate and issue campaigns across the country. Her life’s mission is to knock down every barrier to civic engagement and leadership. When she has a minute, she loves putting together playlists on Spotify and scheming on how to make her dog Instagram famous.

Rahhel Haile (she/her/hers)    Program Director   Co-founder of MNYC, Rahhel is first generation Eritrean-American. A grad from UMN-Morris, she previously organized at MPIRG & SEIU 284. Rahhel believes in combining grassroots & electoral work, while prioritizing young POC without co-opting their movements. Outside of work, she likes working on her podcast, finding her best camera angles, & obsessing over true crime. Rahhel is a proud Slytherin & Capricorn.

Rahhel Haile (she/her/hers)

Program Director

Co-founder of MNYC, Rahhel is first generation Eritrean-American. A grad from UMN-Morris, she previously organized at MPIRG & SEIU 284. Rahhel believes in combining grassroots & electoral work, while prioritizing young POC without co-opting their movements. Outside of work, she likes working on her podcast, finding her best camera angles, & obsessing over true crime. Rahhel is a proud Slytherin & Capricorn.


Board of Directors

Ben Baglio (he/him/his)    MNYC & MNYC Education Fund   Ben is currently finishing his graduate studies in the Master’s of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) program at Metro State after graduating from UMN-Morris. He has worked for the Association of Minnesota Counties, the IN House of Representatives, the DFL, and the U.S. House of Representatives. He is most passionate about electoral and campaign finance reforms, eliminating student loan debt, and making sure that young people are at the table when policies are being made.

Ben Baglio (he/him/his)

MNYC & MNYC Education Fund

Ben is currently finishing his graduate studies in the Master’s of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) program at Metro State after graduating from UMN-Morris. He has worked for the Association of Minnesota Counties, the IN House of Representatives, the DFL, and the U.S. House of Representatives. He is most passionate about electoral and campaign finance reforms, eliminating student loan debt, and making sure that young people are at the table when policies are being made.

Garrison McMurtrey (he/him/his)

MNYC Board Chair

Currently the Senior Public Affairs Associate at Target Corp, Garrison previously worked as the Outreach Director for a US Senator. He believes for far too long the voices of young people have not been heard, yet they are deeply impacted by legislation and elections. Having an organization like MNYC that engages, educates, and provides them with the resources they need to make the changes they want to see is so pivotal in today's world.

Cara Luebke    MNYC Education Fund   Cara is a recent graduate of the Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership program at Metropolitan State where she focused on Nonprofit Advocacy and Youth Work. She previously served as the Statewide Board Chair of Students United. During her term she advocated on issues of equity and inclusion, affordability and mental health services in higher education. Currently she is a Youth Services Associate at AchieveMpls, a College & Career readiness nonprofit.

Cara Luebke

MNYC Education Fund

Cara is a recent graduate of the Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership program at Metropolitan State where she focused on Nonprofit Advocacy and Youth Work. She previously served as the Statewide Board Chair of Students United. During her term she advocated on issues of equity and inclusion, affordability and mental health services in higher education. Currently she is a Youth Services Associate at AchieveMpls, a College & Career readiness nonprofit.

Geoff Koslig (he/him/his)    MNYC & MNYC Education Fund   Formerly a fifth grade math teacher and the Director of Operations at WIN Minnesota, Geoff is currently a law student at the University of Minnesota. He joined the Board of MNYC because he believes young people are essential to making change at the ballot box and in the halls of power, and that we will only realize those changes by empowering people to advocate for their communities.

Geoff Koslig (he/him/his)

MNYC & MNYC Education Fund

Formerly a fifth grade math teacher and the Director of Operations at WIN Minnesota, Geoff is currently a law student at the University of Minnesota. He joined the Board of MNYC because he believes young people are essential to making change at the ballot box and in the halls of power, and that we will only realize those changes by empowering people to advocate for their communities.


Elísabeth King Avíles (she/her/hers)    MNYC & MNYC Education Fund   Elísabeth is the Visual Content & Brand Specialist at Alliance for a Better Minnesota. Prior to that, she worked for First Avenue & 7th Street entry, multidisciplinary creative studios like Pixel Farm, and advertising agencies like Terri & Sandy in New York.

Elísabeth King Avíles (she/her/hers)

MNYC & MNYC Education Fund

Elísabeth is the Visual Content & Brand Specialist at Alliance for a Better Minnesota. Prior to that, she worked for First Avenue & 7th Street entry, multidisciplinary creative studios like Pixel Farm, and advertising agencies like Terri & Sandy in New York.

Marissa Luna (she/her/hers)    MNYC   Marissa is the Communications Director at Alliance for a Better Minnesota. She joined the MNYC board because she believes young people can affect meaningful change when they come together and participate in our democracy.  She lives up to society's expectations of millenials by obsessing over Beyoncé, regularly eating her weight in avocados, and having a lot of student loan debt.

Marissa Luna (she/her/hers)

MNYC

Marissa is the Communications Director at Alliance for a Better Minnesota. She joined the MNYC board because she believes young people can affect meaningful change when they come together and participate in our democracy.

She lives up to society's expectations of millenials by obsessing over Beyoncé, regularly eating her weight in avocados, and having a lot of student loan debt.