Board of Directors
The current NYRA Board of Directors (BOD) is made up of the following people (in alphabetical order):
Keith Mandell has had an interest in youth rights since he drafted a “Students’ Bill of Rights” at age 10. At 14, he convinced his elementary school’s student council to approve a student court where teachers could be judged by students for improper conduct (unfortunately it never materialized). At age 23, Keith ran for mayor of Columbia, Missouri, focusing on job growth and transportation issues. Keith became involved in youth voting rights in the late 1990′s, working with YouthSpeak to organize voting age protests and drafting a proposal to lower the voting age in Washington D.C. Keith is now an attorney in the Chicago area and especially interested in voting rights and youth political empowerment. Keith joined the Board in 2004.
Brad White has been involved in NYRA since 2001, including serving as NYRA’s Publicity chair and as a member of the Board of Directors between 2002 – 2004 and 2013 to Present. In high school Brad gained local media attention in Chicago for his fight against security cameras in high school, and represented NYRA in the media (Fox News, Chicago Tribune) on lowering the drinking and voting age. Brad is a graduate of the University of Missouri, and works in brand management for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Connell Wise has been involved in NYRA since 2012, including serving as a Charter Board Member for the D.C. Chapter of NYRA and as NYRA’s Former Director of Local Political Affairs. In high school Connell gained local media attention in D.C. for his Youth Rights Activism for his fight for lowering the voting age to 16 years old, and fighting to eliminate Ageism in regards to young business owners as the Founder and former CEO of the United States Youth Chamber of Commerce which stood up for the rights of business owners under the age of 25. Connell has his Bachelor’s from Marymount University in Arlington Virgina and his Associates from Ashworth College in Norcross, Georgia. Currently he is a Small Business Consulting for his own Firm Connell Wise & Associates, LLP and as the Operations & Logistics Support Administrator for LTBD,PC in Vienna, Virginia.
*All affiliations are for identification purposes only.