Each year, JSA members elect from among their peers a governor from each JSA state. That individual is responsible for planning conventions for their region, budgeting, appointed a cabinet of JSA delegates and developing strategic goals for the organization. A member of the Council of Governors also sits on the JSA Foundation board of directors.
Midwest Governor, Chair
Max initially joined JSA after hearing about it during parent testimonials at a panel. Max fell in love with JSA at his very first Fall State in freshman year in the first convention block. Listening to a Thought Talk that proposed solutions to institutionalized racism, he found in JSA a group of articulate, awe-inspiring, and driven individuals committed to effecting real change in their communities. He would later come to find JSA as not only a vital entity in context with American politics but also as a legitimate community full of love, wisdom, kindness, and support.
Outside of JSA, Max works as a Community Pop Editor for Genius.com, does design work for his school literary magazine, and participates in a feminist discussion group. He loves Scandinavian pop music, slam poetry, and navy blue.
Some of my goals for this year include increasing convention attendance, reinforcing Fight Apathy, and more efficiently publicizing PNW JSA on all platforms. Outside of JSA, I love hiking and playing badminton!
He is incredibly excited to start working to help make Texas and National JSA the best that it can be. His goals for this year include organizing a widespread voter registration drive, increasing contact with chapter presidents, and growing attendance at conventions. Working with the other elected officials to get this done is something that Dominic is looking forward to this year.
Outside of JSA, Dominic and his dad love watching movies together, especially science fiction. One of his favorite movies that he has seen recently is Looper. In addition, he likes to run, and he recently completed a half marathon in The Woodlands, Texas, where he lives. After high school, he wants to attend the Naval Academy.
Joshua attended JSA Arizona Summer Institute, 2017 Montezuma Leadership Summit, and JSA Summer School at Georgetown University. JSA has been a huge part of my life. “When I joined, I not only found a place where I could discuss my interests in politics, but also a place where I could call home as I grew close to the diverse group of passionate high school students. JSA has taught me to be tolerant of differing views and how to listen to other perspectives to broaden my horizons. Outside of JSA, Joshua is an avid reader, chess enthusiast, and “The Office” fanatic. He also happens to love coffee.
Ohio River Valley
Oliver first became involved in JSA after his sister introduced him to it in his freshman year of high school. After his first convention, Oliver was inspired by the intellect and passion of JSAers, and fell in love with the welcoming and exciting atmosphere of conventions. This year Oliver hopes to expand the Northern California State both numerically and geographically, and to improve the accessibility and approachability of Cabinet members and Elected Officials. He also aims to increase delegates’ involvements in their communities outside of JSA.
Outside of JSA, Oliver participates in Alameda High School’s drama program, plays soccer, and is passionate about local politics. He has participated in parcel tax campaigns, interned in the office of California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta, and is a student representative on a homework policy workgroup for the Alameda Unified School District.
As a sophomore, Jenny served as the Northeast State Director of Activism, coordinating a number of events in regards to homeless advocacy, self-expression, and constitutional rights education. For the past year, she has been serving as the Northeast State Convention Coordinator. This position has strengthened her leadership skills and enabled her to work more efficiently and effectively to make the Northeast State the best it can be. Additionally, she’s been exposed to the challenges that arise during JSA conventions and learned how to deal with them. She’s served as the Cheshire JSA Director of Expansion along with its Vice President. These positions have allowed her to get closer to and understand the needs of the members in her chapter.
Jenny hopes to improve Chapter Internal Affairs and encourage them to take on a more critical role. She also seeks to push expansion, especially in the NER region and increase overall attendance at each convention. Thirdly, she aims to establish effective streams of communication that allow the NES to move toward transparency and efficiency.
Outside of JSA, Jenny currently serves as her class treasurer, and plays volleyball and tennis for Cheshire High School. She loves traveling to new places and meeting people from many different backgrounds.
This coming year, Katelin hopes to revitalize the expansion department, rebuild attendance numbers at state conventions, establish the brand recognition of JSA at a national level, and provide vital resources to aid chapters in their development. Outside of JSA, Katelin proudly supports pets of all kinds, plays cello, and is an avid fan of the show Friends.