Collegiate Executive Team
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Director of GENup Collegiate
Kimberly Woo (she/her) is an undergraduate student at University of California, Berkeley, pursuing her higher education in the fields of Political Science, Legal Studies, and Ethnic Studies. Due to her strong beliefs in equitable educational practices, she strives for an inclusive, diverse, and representative educational curriculum as well as an affordable, accessible right to education for all students. Her political advocacy began at a young age when she noticed the alarming absence of narratives from people of color in her education, entertainment/media, politics, and community. Through community organizations, research, newspaper interviews, and protests, Kimberly has advocated for social justice issues, inspiring her to join GENup. As Director of GENup Collegiate, Kimberly helps spearhead the collegiate front in the fight for education equity by organizing advocacy events, such as phone and text banking for Propositions 15 and 16 as well as an advocacy day for education funding. By working in state and municipal politics as well as the judicial system, Kimberly has furthered her knowledge and passion for legal and governmental issues, believing that the law is the most effective and influential way to enact change. As a firm advocate for social justice and equality, Kimberly aspires to become a civil rights lawyer, defending and empowering people of marginalized communities to create a more accepting and fair future.
Collegiate Director of Operations
Allyson Chan (she/her) is a senior at Hillsdale High School in the Bay Area and GENup’s Collegiate Director of Operations. Having been involved in student government since elementary school, Allyson has always been passionate about representing her peers' voices and aims to do so on a greater level by advocating for inclusive educational curriculum with GENup. Allyson is a Youth Commissioner and Chair of the Civic Engagement Committee in the San Mateo County Youth Commission, where she has drafted policy recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on various issues impacting youth, ranging from juvenile justice approaches to ethnic studies in addition to organizing conferences for student civic engagement. As the Student Board Member on the San Mateo County Board of Education, Allyson represents over 90,000 student voices and has provided insight on various issues, such as emphasizing a need for student input on the Local Control and Accountability Plan. From involvement with electoral politics leading My School Votes Bay Area to lobbying for gun violence reform with BAStA to interning for congressional candidate Brynne Kennedy, Allyson has experienced many different avenues of activism. As she enters college—the next chapter of her life, Allyson is eager to advocate for educational equity at the collegiate level and looks forward to working with other passionate students on GENup’s Executive Team.
Collegiate Director of Policy
Sasha Sembur is a rising college freshman, and she currently attends Green Hope High School. She has lived in Cupertino, California for almost ten years before moving to Cary, North Carolina in 2017. Throughout high school, Sasha has been serving her community as a volunteer for Cary Teen Council and as the Chapter President of Ma(s)king a Difference NC. At school, she broadens her interest for science as the Vice President of Green Hope High School's Astronomy Club. Sasha has been a violin player since seventh grade, and she continues to exercise her passion for fine arts as the Violin I Section Leader for her school's chamber orchestra, a member of the Orchestra Leadership Committee, and as the Public Relations Director for this year's musical production. She remains civically engaged as the communications director for the High School Democrats of America Asian-American and Pacific Islanders caucus and as a fellow for Civics Unplugged. During the 2020 election season, she served as the Chair of North Carolina High Schoolers for Biden/Harris and the National Campaigns Director for Indian High Schoolers for Biden/Harris. In her free time, Sasha loves to read political books, listen to 1950s music, and hang out with her dog Lego. As the current political director for GENup's newly established North Carolina chapter, she has made connections with Mayor Baldwin of Raleigh, Governor Cooper of North Carolina, and Congresswoman Deborah Ross of NC-02 while working to pass the Take a Seat campaign in Wake County. Sasha will be attending UNC Charlotte this Fall with a major in Political Science, and she looks forward to continue making a difference in education reform as the Collegiate Director of Policy.
Collegiate Director of Partnerships
Mickaylah Mehari (she/her) is a Senior at Mount Diablo High School. Mickaylah's passions for education advocacy and reform sprout from her own personal experience at home. Growing up with a sister on the Autism Spectrum, she saw first hand how much a lack of effective resources and programs negatively impacted her sister. This moved her to the realization of the true importance of education advocacy. Mickaylah is currently serving as Vice Chair on the Mount Diablo Education Foundation's Student Advisory Committee. Joining the Student Advisory Committee, she noticed a significant lack of student participation from several schools in the Mount Diablo Unified School District. Through her involvement, she pushes out STEAM efforts created by the MDEDF, as well as creates more STEAM opportunities with her team. She continues to realize the value of student outreach and creating opportunities that are accessible for all. She is ecstatic to further her passions for education advocacy and reform through her involvement in GENup. In her free time she enjoys working out, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.
Collegiate Director of Policy
Akul Gupta (he/him) is a senior at Redlands East Valley High School and Collegiate Director of Policy. His work since middle school as the founder and director of a peer tutor program led him to GENup, a medium to target systematic inequality in the American education system. Akul took on the role of President for GENup Redlands, joined the National Expansion Taskforce, and became the Chair of both the AAPI Caucus and Rural Caucus. Within his capacity as Collegiate Director of Policy, he will continue to help facilitate the success of those left behind by an unjust system. Akul is an Eagle Scout and pioneered various programs at his high school. He is involved with Project RISHI at University of California, Irvine where he partners with NGOs to improve the quality of life in Rural India. Akul works on research for a medical publication as well as in a lab at the University of Redlands. He is on the executive team of Students for Oncological Aid and Relief (SOAR) and has founded several nonprofits to aid other parts of the world in need.
Rick Mandal (he/him) is a freshman at UC San Diego from Fremont, California and is currently pursuing a Clinical Psychology degree. As someone who is looking to become a child psychiatrist to assist underserved and underfunded youth communities in the future, he recognizes the multiple hurdles many of those community members have to overcome in order receive a quality, holistic education and access higher education institutions. Although he is relatively new to the advocacy scene, Rick wishes to be of service to these communities as soon as he can and turned to GENup to do so. He is presently the Social Media Manager for GENup and the Media Director of GENup Collegiate at UCSD. In his free time, Rick enjoys listening to music while tending to his numerous houseplants and working on his portrait photography business.
Director of Technology
Sarah Cheung (she/her) is a senior at San Francisco University High School. As the GENup Director of Strategic Partnerships, she is responsible for building and maintaining connections with our 40+ partner organizations, from teacher unions to youth-led nonprofits. Her passion for education advocacy sparked from growing up in San Francisco’s public schools and after-school programs and seeing a stark contrast in resources and opportunities compared to private high schools. Sarah was inspired from her experience to become involved in activism through TeenTechSF, a nonprofit dedicated to providing access to tech for all teens, where she served as the Communication Co-Chair and is currently the President. This work led her to become familiar with the San Francisco Youth Commission, a chartered body that gives recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and Mayor’s Office on youth-related legislation. On the Youth Commission, she currently serves as the District 1 Representative and Vice Chair, and has been a youth leader on Vote16, a charter amendment on November’s ballot to expand voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds in municipal elections. At school, she is the leader of their AAPI Club and an admissions ambassador. In her free time, she enjoys playing music, exploring new places, and eating good food. Sarah is excited to continue pushing for equitable education and demand change through GENup’s campaigns.