Board of Organizing
Director of Organizing
Iris Zhou (she/her) is a junior from San Jose, California and goes to Leland High School. Through school programs like speech and debate, she became aware of social injustices and inequality surrounding our community today. Attending local marches and rallies such as March for our Lives and Women’s March helped inspire her to take a more active role in political activism, hence why she joined GENUp and helped organize our first ever March for Education in San Jose. She loves grassroots organizing and knows firsthand the importance of speaking up and persisting toward your values. As GENUp’s national Executive Director of Organizing, Iris oversees GENup's Board of Organizing and manages relationship between the Executive Team and GENup Chapter President. In addition, she oversees strategic expansion into new school districts and manages/facilitates State Council. She is excited to be a part of GENup's Executive Team and can't wait to lead GENup's strategic organizing efforts in various facets of education advocacy.
Margot Barrett (she/her) is a junior from Pacific Palisades, California. Her political activism started in Youth and Government, where she was given a lead role in the Issues and Activism program area. Her position allowed her to help lead her political party through events such as our Styrofoam Boycott and Women's March. She is bringing her activism back to her community through volunteering in Voter Registration Drives and various community workshops. Today, she is the student representative on Palisades Highschool's Development Committee, where she advocates on issues that affect our entire student body as a whole. She is a committed advocate and activist for student voice and student issues in her school district and beyond.
Shraya Pal (she/her) is a junior at Leland High School. Her interests are honestly ever changing, but currently she's really into biology! Her past political advocacy experience entails being an active participant in her school’s speech and debate team for the past two years. She's gained a lot of experience regarding policy making, social injustices, and political reforms through her debate events. Shraya, although new to the advocacy scene, has found education advocacy an area of deep particular interest and commitment. She is excited to work with GENup and turn her longstanding passion and commitment with education activism into a reality.
Kristina Lopez (she/her) is a junior at Ramona High School. Her passions are fueled by helping those in need and seeking guidance for those who are more resistant to help. The Students Utilizing Peer Educational Resource Counseling Program has given her the opportunity to advocate for her passion in mental health where students not only represent students but provide for their needs by undergoing mental health training, understanding the signs of suicide, and providing early intervention and prevention. She advocates to create forums to reduce the stigma and promote inclusivity beyond diversities within campus. The fight for equity is never over and civic engagement learning opportunities for all youth is one of the foremost concepts that she hopes is accessible to students. Her advocacy in civically engaged youth programs such as the California Association of Student Councils, Generation Up, 61st Assemblymember Jose Medina’s Youth Advisory Committee, and the Riverside Youth Council has prospered her belief to ensure that all students, especially those from historically marginalized communities shall have quality opportunities for civic engagement. We have not only understood the power of our youth but have seen change come directly from our youth.
Daniel Dolan (he/him) is a junior at Del Norte High School in San Diego, California. He has a strong passion for political advocacy and youth leadership, stewarding numerous projects at his local high school as part of the Civics Club of Del Norte. Some of these projects include debates between students on different sets of issues (including domestic & foreign policy), voter registration drives, panels with minorities on campus, and interviews with Congressmen. Daniel also works with their district on advocating for increased CTE-focused policy to open up career pathways for Del Norte students and is in youth leadership as a CTSO state officer and commissioner of their student body.
Angie Pace (she/her) is a junior at Palisades Charter High School. She has a strong passion for political activism and education equity. Alongside this, she is the president and founder of the Multiracial Student Union club at her school and through this, she is able to advocate for the biPOC community. In addition to being on the Board of Organizing, she is also the Director of Graphic Design and has been a member of GenUp and the West LA chapter since the beginning of 2020. In her free time, she challenges herself with numerous crafts, music, and lacrosse. Her main goal is to create a safer educational space and equal opportunity for all students.
Kiran Manghnani (she/her) is Junior at Monta Vista HIgh School, California. Her interests in activism and politics began to develop during middle school through mock trial, and speech and debate. Over the past few years her passion for social justice and activism have led her to organizations like GENup. She joined GENup in an effort to both help educate people on many of the injustices which underrepresented and marginalized groups across the world are forced to face, and to actively work against these injustices. Kiran has worked with similar advocacy clubs and organizations, volunteering with MoveOn, Team Everest, Leo Club, and other smaller organizations throughout her years in high school. She began working with GENup in 2019 with the Cupertino chapter and is now a member of the Board of Organizing as well as the Director of Content Creation for the Women and Marginalized genders caucus. In the future she hopes to take aspects from her experiences with GENup and implement these ideas of social justice into the medical and STEM fields as she is currently interested in pre-med specifically biochem. Her experiences in the past have fueled her passion for advocacy and fight for equity; having been to the Women's March three times and having the opportunity to participate in the Black Lives Matter protests over the past summer have in many ways changed her outlook and brought her to further educate herself and others. She is excited to work with GENup to help bring these ideas of equity and social justice to life.
Sanya Dhama (she/her) is a first-year at Pitzer College in the Joint Medical Program in Claremont, CA, pursuing a major in Human Biology on a path to become a physician. In high school, she represented her peers as class president and student representative on her school site council. It was these experiences and her involvement within the Mayor’s Youth Council that opened up her eyes to the world of advocacy. Since then, she has promoted civic engagement within youth through hosting rallies and conferences in her role as Region 11 President for the California Association of Student Councils and Far South Regional Director for the Empowerment Collective. Her advocacy efforts range from health equity to racial justice to education, and beyond. Deeply passionate about minority representation—both in and out of medicine—, she serves as an intern for the Keck Science Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and for the United Nations Women USA Los Angeles Chapter, working to promote diversity and gender equity. She even had the opportunity to speak alongside Asm Medina in support of AB 101 for Ethnic Studies at a statewide press conference. As the co-founder of GoToTutors (a free, virtual peer-to-peer tutoring service), she greatly values education and emphasizes community engagement as an avenue towards creating solutions to support those in need. Sanya finds her greatest inspiration from her peers and thus always looks to support and uplift the voices of the leaders of today—aka YOU! On her free time, she loves listening to music (recently into French and Ukrainian music), watching basketball, swimming, and going on spontaneous trips.