8919514E-0D33-4AF5-97D1-08265AD0E5F5.jpegFounder and President: James Wellemeyer

James currently lives in Washington, DC, and works as a News Intern for The Hill ( He founded CNJGYC as a high school junior due to his desire to increase youth political participation and his belief that teens can genuinely create effective policies for the state and the nation at large. Outside of CNJGYC, James has written a civics e-textbook, titled Young Voices, that focuses on the experiences of young people in politics.

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Gubernatorial Coordinator: Vicki Xie

Vicki is a senior at Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, New Jersey. Previously, she’s worked on the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council as the New Jersey’s District 4 Director. Vicki strongly believes in youth civic engagement and in creating more opportunities for teens to enact change. In her free time, Vicki likes playing with dogs, eating chocolate, and being involved in her community.

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Mayoral Coordinator: Neha Lund

Neha Lund is a senior at Manalapan High School who is passionate about politics, feminism, education, and leadership. She plans to double major in Economics and Political Science, with an intent to go to Law School or work for a non-profit. By working on this campaign, she hopes to make it easier for young people in her community to have a voice on political issues



Co-General Assembly Coordinator: Nikhil Naik

Nikhil is a senior at Morris Hills High School.  He is interested in Politics and Youth Activism. He has served as the Mid Atlantic Regional Director for the Young Democrats of America as well as the District 12 Director for a Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council. At a more local level Nikhil is serves in leadership roles at his schools JSA and Student Government chapters. He also co-founded a charity that has donated thousands of clothing to impoverished children in India. 

20428400_1754250924872752_1614679795_n.jpgCo-Senate Coordinator: Kevin Xiao 

Kevin is a senior at The Lawrenceville School. Working to promote greater youth political participation, he hopes that the CNJGYC will result in a better representation of the younger population’s interests in legislation.  Interested in public service, with a focus on constituent services, Kevin has interned for Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA) for the past two years. In addition to his work at the federal level, Kevin is the president of Young Republicans and co-president of the Speech and Debate team at his high school.

IMG_6761-2.jpgCo-Senate Coordinator: Andrew Kapadia

Andrew is a junior at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. He has been active in politics for the last couple of years including being a campaign staffer during the 2016 elections. He is passionate about youth political participation and getting youth voices heard. When he is not busy with school or political work, he can be found debating or swimming.



Co-General Assembly Coordinator: Margaret Evered 

Margaret is a senior at Princeton High School where she serves as Student Body President, having been class president for the past two years. She is heavily involved in the Junior State of America, the largest student run non-profit organization in the United States, where she currently serves as the Lieutenant Governor Chief of Staff. Margaret is dedicated to fighting apathy and ensuring civil discourse amongst high school students and is excited to be a part of a campaign to increase youth involvement at a state level


Recruitment Coordinator: Leticia Wood

Leticia, a senior at the Academies@Englewood, wants to destroy youth political apathy to ensure a beneficial future for all people. She is the Vice President of her school’s chapter of the Junior State of America, a club dedicated to promoting youth involvement in politics. She is the managing editor of her school newspaper and works on two separate student publications. Outside of school, she is the New Jersey State Director for both the National Association of Youth Leaders, where she serves on the Board of Directors, and the Next Generation Politics.

IMG_4011 (1)Co-Organizations Coordinator: Himaja Vendidandi 

Himaja is a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. As an active member of her community and school, she is the President of the Future Problem Solving club, vice chair for the Mercer County High School Democrats and a member of her school’s Model United Nations club. She hopes to prove that our generation’s youth have the ability to become a vital part of our government!


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Manish is a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. In his free time, he coaches his brother’s recreational basketball team and is a sprinter on varsity track. Currently serving as the treasurer for his school’s debate club as well as having won multiple awards at Princeton Moot Court, Manish sees debate is a big part of his life. He hopes to increase political participation in his generation through this campaign.



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  • Andrew Kapadia
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  • Rithvik Vakacharla
  • Sahil Malhotra
  • Anika Prakash
  • Andrej Elez
  • Sai Vendidandi
  • Ethan Johnson
  • Maria Elena Fiordelisi
  • Chloe Griffault
  • Anikait Singh
  • Shefali Kumar
  • Aswathy Aji
  • Sue Um
  • Kaya Karibi-Whyte
  • Alexa Gomez
  • Praneeth Bhattiprolu
  • Joshua Sodicoff
  • Karan Gupta
  • Achintya Singh
  • Miles Egert
  • Christopher Maximos
  • Kanav Mahajan
  • Nick Rea
  • Tilak Bhatnager
  • Zachary Dougherty
  • Tamara Bivens
  • Keerthi Karri
  • Rahnell Smith
  • Diamond Terrell
  • Eric Kopp
  • Ian Malone
  • Corinne Smith
  • Kiah Champion
  • Hannah So
  • Thomas Flanagan
  • Chris Gliwa
  • Evan Tong
  • Grace Clothier
  • Abdelhamid Arbab
  • Darynn Minus-Vincent
  • Onel Martinez
  • Jake Pincus
  • Simi Patel
  • Naman Sarda
  • Zoë Kusnierz
  • Richard Cullen
  • Ashray Chowdhry
  • Jose Gomez
  • Galen Ekimov
  • Ayushi Jain
  • Mannan Kohli
  • Jesse Mirkin
  • Anjali Mundayat
  • Rahul Bhatia
  • Pole Lee
  • Faye Tasgal
  • Melanie Kravchenko
  • Rahul Rana
  • Shreya Gupta
  • Prat Sishodia
  • Khushi Parikh
  • Sree Chinta
  • Akshay Bapat
  • Jeffrey Yang
  • Nitin Gada
  • Nalin Dwivedi
  • Ayesha Gupta
  • Lizzy Johnson
  • Vishal Shankar
  • Ananya Singh
  • Anais Amer
  • Khat Tuchscherer
  • Janae Torres
  • Sara Mills
  • Sahil Ganatra
  • Shreya Vuttaluru
  • Daniel Page
  • Matthew Skolar
  • Amani Chinni
  • Nitya Nadgir
  • Tyra Gravesande
  • Divya Menon