Gen Z: The First-Time Voters Who Could Transform America’s Future

Gen Z: The First-Time Voters Who Could Transform America’s Future

Session Type(s): Panel

Millions of Americans born after 1996 (Generation Z) will cast ballots this year for the first time. It is estimated that Gen Z could comprise 10 percent of the electorate, exceeding the Silent Generation’s total vote, and youngest generations could total 37 percent of ballots combining Gen Z and Millenials. Gen Z is America’s most educated, urbane and diverse generation with a near-majority people of color, nearly one-quarter Latinx and more than twice the multi-racial population than other generations. This panel will address the potential impact of Gen Z in 2020 and beyond as well as effective strategies and tactics to reach them.

Moderator

Dawn Boudwin

Dawn Boudwin

Dawn Boudwin has nearly 10 years of experience in campaigns, organizing, and coalition building. She is the Deputy Executive Director of Network Strategy at the Alliance for Youth Organizing. In this role, Dawn manages the Alliance’s program, communications, and data teams. She is also integral in the Alliance’s network expansion efforts and she leads partnership work with national, state, and local organizations, companies, and brands to elevate affiliates and partners to further the organization’s electoral and issue campaign goals.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Dawn worked to ensure AFSCME’s members and working families had access to health care, paid time-off, livable wages, and other benefits. She managed field programs including member mobilization, direct voter contact, and get-out-the-vote activities. And before Dawn’s time at AFSCME, she was the Deputy National Political Director at America Votes (AV). Dawn was with AV for more than 5 years where she cultivated and maintained coalitions. These coalitions focused on both electoral and issue-based work. In addition to the coalition work, Dawn served as a liaison between state and national AV and executed AV’s election modernization work at the national level.

Dawn hails from the great state of North Carolina and is a born and bred Tar Heel. She currently resides in the DC area with her adorable puppy Serena.

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Panelists

Raven Douglas

Raven Douglas

Raven Douglas is the Political Director of MOVE Texas, a grassroots, nonpartisan nonprofit organization ensuring young people have a voice in our democracy. Raven initially joined the MOVE team in 2016 as a field fellow before going on to intern at America Votes in Washington, DC and then worked as a legislative aide while participating in the Texas Legislative Internship Program in Austin, TX. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Raven is a 2019 MTV Leaders for Change Winner, a grant program that invests in young people doing extraordinary work at the local level to advance voting access and also sits on the Steering Committee for Houston in Action.

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