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Founder and Executive Director
Shreya Joshi is a high school senior from Naperville, Illinois and founder of Project TEAL. She firmly believes in the power of the youth and Generation Z’s ability to create a more inclusive and tolerant society. She is passionate about social justice, women's equality, politics, and the intersection of journalism and civic advocacy. In her free time, you can find her binge watching Parks and Recreation or scrolling through TikTok.
Director of Outreach
A native of the Chicago suburbs, Ainsley Barrett is a current senior at Carl Sandburg High School. Ainsley dedicates most of her time to public service and civic engagement--working closely with local volunteer efforts and on her school's equity board to converse about necessary administrative changes. Ainsley is also the USG of Logistics for her school's Model UN program, a player on her varsity tennis team, a writer for her school's newspaper, and a member of several honors societies. She hopes to study foreign affairs and economics in the future. A 2020 graduate of Running Start's high school program, Ainsley is eager to spend the rest of her life impacting the world through positive action, compassion, and empathy in all fields.
Director of Operations & Director of Policy
Roman Messali is a junior in Maryland who is deeply interested in civics engagement and politics. By competing and staffing in his school's Model UN, participating in advocacy work with Amnesty International, and writing for humanitarian organizations, Roman pursues his passion in fostering change through education and advocacy. Additionally, Roman runs several school initiatives to build consensus and bridge political division, as well as increase political literacy. Aside from civics and politics, Roman plays saxophone in his school's Wind Symphony and enjoys creative writing.
Director of Curriculum
Kendall Carll is a 17-year-old senior from Fairview, Texas. Kendall believes in the ability of Gen Z to influence legislation and works to ensure he has a hand in causing that change. Kendall has a background in competitive debate where has qualified to state, national, and international level competitions. Additionally, he serves as a journalist for Redefy, writing about everything from U.S. arm sales to the raid on the Capitol. He hopes to use his experience in research and writing to develop an accessible yet informative curriculum for Project TEAL workshops. In his free time, you will find Kendall tending to his pet lizard and being really bad at golf.
Director of Campaigns
Grace Theriot is a 16 year old senior from Knoxville, TN. She is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, and holds a variety of school and state leadership positions. In school, she is involved in National Honors Society, National French Honors Society, Harvard Model Congress, and Youth Leadership Knoxville. She also helps lead her school’s Model United Nations, Youth in Government, Student Council, National Art Honors Society, and Global Politics Book Club. Outside of school, Grace is extremely passionate about advocacy and fighting for others. In the past, she has attended the ACLU Advocacy Institute, and met with local representatives to speak out against societal injustice. Grace Theriot was appointed Project TEAL’s Director of Campaigns in January of 2021, and is so excited about bringing her love for political engagement and advocacy together to create some interesting events! She hopes, through these campaigns, that fellow teenagers are inspired to become more politically active and advocates in their own community. You can often find her reading, writing, attending protests, or watching Disney Movies!
Director of Policy
Hannah Quigley is a senior in high school from the Washington, D.C. suburbs. Hannah is passionate about politics and civic engagement, volunteering her time in the 2020 election cycle to working as a student leader at Biden for President and phonebanking for Georgia runoffs. Hannah also spearheaded a mock 2020 presidential election for her student body, organizing and distributing voter registration links, political literacy materials, and a digital ballot. As a graduate of Running Start’s 2020 high school program, Hannah hopes to run for national office someday. Outside of politics, Hannah loves musical theatre, reading, and music.
Co-Director of Fundraising
Shane Mitchell is currently a junior at WW-P High School North in West Windsor, New Jersey! When he’s not debating in a Model Congress conference, you can find Shane helping out his classmates as part of his school’s peer leader program or on the court playing volleyball. Some of Shane’s interests include computer programming, playing business simulation video games, hanging out with friends, and (of course) spreading civic engagement!
Co-Director of Fundraising
Ben Hulit is a senior in high school from the Washington D.C. area. Ben is actively engaged in his community, participating in the non-profit Food on the 15 th and Howard County Leadership U. Passionate about business and finance, Ben participates in the Entrepreneurship and Business Scholars Program at his school, has interned for the Howard County Economic Development Association, working within their innovation center, and runs a volunteer service marketing page for small businesses in Historic Ellicott City. Outside of working with community and business organizations, Ben enjoys playing soccer and lacrosse for his school, as well as playing the alto saxophone or piano in his free time.
New Jersey State Lead & Director of Management
Catherine Callinan is currently a sophomore from Monmouth County, New Jersey. She is the New Jersey State Lead position for Project TEAL where she is primarily responsible for organizing a task force aimed to establish a high school civic education requirement in New Jersey and working with local civic education organizations that share a similar mission to Project TEAL’s. Through Project TEAL, she hopes to help inspire and support the generation that has inspired her through their activism and advocacy. Other than education reform, Catherine is passionate about environmental justice, criminal justice reform, and immigrant rights. When she is not working for Project TEAL, she works for the Girl Scouts, reads historical mysteries and biographies, and binges any show on Netflix.
Tennessee State Lead
Meghan Pinkston is a junior from Knoxville, Tennessee. She is passionate about cultivating an open-minded and empathetic society, and believes that Gen Z is the generation that is capable and willing to make necessary change. Through her state lead position in Project TEAL, Meghan hopes to encourage her generation to continue their effort to end the epidemic of ignorance plaguing our society through meaningful discussion and education. In her free time, Meghan can be found reading or watching Netflix.
Colorado State Lead
My name is Shreya Senthilkumar, and I am 14 years old. I am the Colorado State Lead. I am passionate about spreading civic education and engagement while advocating for issues like gender and racial equality. I hope to help create a better future of democracy by encouraging civic engagement amongst youth.
New York State Lead
Jenna Rowen-Delson is a junior from Orange County, New York. She is extremely passionate about youth involvement in politics, and hopes to major in government one day. when not working at Project Teal, Jenna is working for youth led political organizations, writing political articles, and running the Youth and Government club at her school.
Michigan State Lead
Karlin Decker is a junior from a rural town in Northeastern Michigan. Although Karlin wants to study medicine, she is extremely passionate about having the youth become educated and become involved in our democracy. She is interested in human rights, advocacy, and politics as a whole. In her free time, Karlin loves to bike, swim, run, and hang out with her friends, and family (including her two labrador retrievers).
Maryland State Lead
Annabella Rinaldi is a sophomore in the biomedical magnet program at Wheaton high school in Maryland. She is very passionate about many things, such as social and racial justice, as well as gun violence prevention, and civic education. She believes that civic education will greatly improve the ability for adults in this country to make educated decisions, which is vital for our democracy. She is also passionate about sports, an avid soccer player as well as running track and field. Also a Greys Anatomy lover, and can recite all the famous quotes better than most.
Georgia State Lead
Arrey Enow is a senior at Harrison High School in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s extremely passionate about Racial Injustice and Immigration. When not working at Project Teal, she works as a scriptwriter for a progressive campaign organization and runs various organizations at her school, including political clubs like Young Dems and Political Converse. Outside of politics, she loves fashion, upcycling, reading, and watching Netflix.