Chief Executive Officer
Previously, Ken was the Coordinating Director of the Chaordic Commons, Inc., a group created by Dee Hock, the founding director of VISA, to develop new forms of organizations in pursuit of a healthier world. From 1998-2002, Ken served as Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts, a citizen-led organization working for representative and inclusive government. One of his significant achievements at Common Cause was co-leading a broad coalition of organizations that successfully passed a Clean Elections Law via ballot initiative, and then mounted an equally effective legislative and legal strategy to uphold and implement that law.
Ken spent the mid-1990s as the Director of Communications for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and the Coalition of Essential Schools. Immediately prior to his work for Annenberg, he held similar posts with Oxfam America and the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies. He has also been a consultant to numerous nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
Ken began his career as a journalist—reporting for a local daily newspaper, writing feature stories and commentary for national publications, and serving as Editor and other roles for several magazines. Ken has served as a spokesperson for several organizations and coalitions, making numerous appearances on television and radio. He has led discussions and workshops on a variety of topics, including democracy, adult development, intergenerational collaboration, communications, and faith and politics.
Ken lives in Richmond, CA, with his wife, Brooke Deterline. His avocations include community building, coaching high school mountain bike riders, trail running, and meditating.
Chief Program Officer
TaKeisha S. Walker is an organizational and programmatic leader who lends her expertise to improving and sustaining nonprofits and other social impact organizations. Her diverse career has included leading strategic planning, selecting and implementing new technologies, and developing performance assessment procedures. Under her programmatic leadership, nonprofits have executed a variety of initiatives including an internship program that provided youth with disabilities their first meaningful work experience in Washington DC and professional development opportunities for healthcare providers aimed at systemizing the guidelines based care of pediatric asthma.
TaKeisha holds a Master of Science in Management and Marketing from the University of Maryland University College, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Missouri Kansas City, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communications from the University of Tulsa. She is also a certified professional development facilitator.
Senior Program Director, Pacific Northwest and Texas
Stephen Bayne joined The Junior Statesmen Foundation in 2007 as a Residence Advisor at the JSF Stanford Summer School. He joined the Foundation as a full time employee in February of 2008 as the Summer Programs Manager, administering the Presidential Nominating Convention Symposia and Summer School Programs, as well as other special projects. Currently, he is the California Senior Program Director, superiving all West Coast, Arizona and Texas Programs. He is also the Program Director for the Pacific Northwest and Texas Junior States.
Stephen received a Masters Degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in International Relations, from San Diego State University. He also has a BA in Political Science from SDSU and studied Comparative Politics at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. While at SDSU he made the Dean’s List four consecutive semesters and was a member of the nationally ranked San Diego State Ultimate Frisbee team. Before joining JSA he worked as a Campaign Organizer for the California Democratic Party in Oakland, California.
Stephen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and went to Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, CA. He currently lives in San Jose and enjoys reading, writing, solving Rubik's cube, and hiking with his family.
Senior Program Director, Territories
Originally from Elk Grove, California, he was the President of the Elk Grove High School JSA Chapter. He has worn many hats in his professional career, from matching funds auditing for presidential campaigns, working as a Marketing Director for Kaplan, Inc. to small business consulting. Prior to returning to JSA, he was the President/CEO of the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce.
Ed received his B.A. in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from Notre Dame de Namur University. He likes to spend his spare time boxing, biking, surfing, snowboarding, playing rugby and the stereo. You may find him outdoors hiking with his dog Elko. Ed currently resides in Palo Alto, CA.
Program Director, Northern California and Arizona
Passionately dedicated to Northern California JSA, Dan has focused his efforts on ensuring existing chapters become stronger, creating a robust expansion program, implementing a vigorous development strategy, and improving communication throughout the State through building strong connections with not only the student leaders he works with, but also the teachers and parents that create the backbone of JSA’s first state. A very accessible program director, he encourages parents and teachers to reach out if they ever have questions and tries to make it so his students see him not only as their program director, but as a resource both inside and outside JSA. Dan is also the Director of the JSA Summer School at Georgetown. Dan previously served as the Deputy Director at JSA’s Stanford Summer School in 2016 and Georgetown Summer School in 2015.
Originally from San Lorenzo, California, Dan has been involved in JSA since he was a freshman in high school. A member of Bishop O’Dowd’s JSA Chapter all four years, Dan served as an East Bay Region Senator as a sophomore before becoming chapter president and resurrecting the Northern California Public Relations Department and serving as the Public Relations Director as a junior and senior. Dan attended the Stanford Summer School, Davis Symposium, and Montezuma Leadership Summit in 2004 and remained close to JSA while in college, serving as a Resident Assistant at the 2006 Stanford Summer School and Davis Symposium, as well as the Georgetown Summer School programs in both 2007 and 2009.
Dan has a M.A. in American Government from Georgetown University and holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Gonzaga University. His Master’s thesis focused on how partisanship, party bases, and third-party organizations affect senate primary candidates and campaigns. His Bachelor’s thesis focused on the forgotten presidency of Chester A. Arthur. When Dan’s not in the office, you can probably find him scuba diving, hiking, camping, cooking, or at a coffee shop with a crossword puzzle.
Program Director, Southern California
Yvonne received her Master's Degree from California State University, Fullerton in American Studies and wrote her thesis, titled A Punk Practice: The Development of Punk Political Activism from 1979 – 2004, on the rise of youth political activism in the punk rock scene. She also has two BAs from the University of California, Riverside in History and English.
Yvonne grew up in the Southern California area as a punk rock kid going to punk rock shows. She has two awesome cats, a dog, and a loving partner who is kinda famous on the internet.
Program Director, Midwest and Ohio River Valley
Passionate about education equality, social activism and youth development, Jen is thrilled to join the team and support the amazing work our students do!
Program Director, Northeast and Southeast
Prior to joining the JSA team, Elliot spent six years working with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), a nonpartisan nonprofit that conducts international political exchange programs around the country and the world. He also worked on President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns and with Summer Discovery UPenn, a pre-college program for high school students.
Elliot received his bachelor’s degree in political science from The George Washington University, where he was active in student government and Model UN. He also studied abroad at the Royal Holloway University of London. He has his master’s degree in public policy from American University, where he served as the President of the graduate student body.
A native of Massachusetts, Elliot is a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He currently lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his fiancée and teammate, Emily, and their giant mini-Schnauzer, Merlin. Outside of JSA, Elliot is a Sunday school teacher with Temple Rodef Shalom Religious School and serves on the American University Alumni Association Board.
Elliot has been passionate about government and politics from a young age and is excited to support JSA’s mission to provide opportunities for high school students to learn critical leadership skills and engage in debates on current events, while encouraging them to make a positive difference in their communities and the country.
Adrienne worked as a studio and touring musician for a number of years before earning her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She pursued her undergraduate studies at Smith College and Stanford University, from which she graduated with a B.A in Political Science.
Director of Operations and Administration
Prior to JSA, Derek worked as an Assistant Baseball Coach for his alma mater, Wesleyan University (CT), where he was also a four-year infielder, Captain, and was chosen for the conference All-Sportsmanship Team in his senior season. Derek received his BA in Economics from Wesleyan and was nominated to join The International Economics Honor Society – Omicron Delta Epsilon. He also spent a semester abroad in the UK at the University of Kent, where he studied Comparative Political and Economic Theory.
Originally from the great state of Massachusetts, Derek attributes much of his desire and inspiration for furthering the JSA mission to his parents, who have dedicated their lives, as educators and coaches, to preparing and cultivating our youth for a better future.
Fernando was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and has resided on the Peninsula his entire life. In his spare time, Fernando is a bit of an avid swimmer and gamer, enjoys drawing, a fan of Japanese animation, and participating in cosplay.
Student Services Coordinator (CA Office)
Director of Finance
In his spare time, Simon enjoys crafting, biking, reading, word games, and volunteering in organizations that serve the community.
Hong Kong for several years. Therefore, she brings an International perspective and passion for diversity in politics. As a graduate of San Jose State University, Zhuai has a Bachelor degree in Accounting. She also holds Associate degrees in Business Administration and Social Science.
Zhuai is very passionate about giving back to the community, and she loves volunteering in
helping elderly with their daily cooking/ grocery shopping. In her free time, she likes going to movies, watching Netflix and doing yoga/ aerobic exercise.
Chief Development Officer
Director of Development, Community Engagement
Enrollment & Admissions Coordinator
Felice is a big proponent of making higher learning and education accessible to students from all diverse backgrounds to help them pursue their educational and career goals. She is a fierce advocate for students to achieve their academic pursuits and tap into their full potential. She has impacted the lives of students and their families as they build a foundation to their futures.
Felice studied Political Science at Howard University in Washington, DC and has a passion for our youth, government and politics. She believes that cultivating , developing and educating our youth about civic responsibility and understanding the role of our government on a state, local and federal level is critically important and paramount to the strength of our democracy as we prepare them as our future leaders in this nation.
Felice has also previously worked in sales and managed sales teams but her love of working with students and young adults led her to JSA to continue making a difference.
Felice is a Air Force “military brat” growing up in various states across the country. Although originally from Maine, she is a diehard Los Angeles Lakers fan and an Oakland Raiders fan. She enjoys writing poems and short stories. She is a political junkie and proud mom.
Communications Coordinator and Speakers Program Director