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Executive Board

Miguel Joey Aviles, President

IMG_5481Mr. Aviles is a Recruitment & Outreach Strategist (HR Specialist – Recruitment) for the Department of Defense (DoD) – DCPAS and a Professional Speaker. Recognized by DoD-DCPAS as the Rookie of the Year, Miguel Joey has advised more than 20,000 college students, professionals and other job seekers on how to achieve their career goals. He has been featured as a Keynote Speaker in National and International Conventions, covering topics related to Diversity, Personal Branding and Development. Mr. Aviles holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and Marketing from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez. Mr. Aviles has been recognized by his colleagues as “Charisma on Steroids” and a “Power House of Energy”.

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Kevin Richman, Executive Vice President, Chief Relationship Officer


Kevin is a Director of Portfolio Outreach at The General Services Administration and is the Chief Relationship Officer for Young Government Leaders. In this role he is responsible for supporting over 15 YGL chapters across the country, leading YGL marketing and communications, and developing YGL partnerships. Kevin got his start in the Federal Government through the Financial Management Specialist program and is proud to not only be recognized as a young leader and change agent in his organization, but also serves as a voice for many young government employees in his agency.  Kevin received his undergraduate degrees in Economics and International Politics from Penn State University and received his MBA from the University of Maryland.

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Tyler Robinson, Executive Vice President, Provost

IMG_5506Mr. Robinson is the Portfolio Risk Officer at the Export Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) and a former Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). In addition to his duties as Chairman of the Board, Mr. Robinson is the Director of the YGL Institute for Public Policy. Prior to his appointment as a PMF, he received an MBA from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon with a focus on Finance and Public Administration. He graduated Valedictorian and was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team while a member of the varsity golf team at Willamette.

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Elizabeth Fischer Laurie, Executive Vice President, Chief of Operations

IMG_5529Elizabeth Fischer Laurie is the Chief Operations Officer and a YGL National Board Member with several years of experience on the YGL National team. She also participates in the YGL Mentoring program and mentors young professionals outside of YGL. During the day, she works as an Attorney Advisor for a federal agency, where she focuses on process improvements and organization. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys travelling with her husband, cooking and eating out, reading as much as possible, and sharing her time with others as a volunteer for all sorts of activities in the DC-metro area.

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Stacey Champagne, Chief Information Officer

IMG_5525Stacey Champagne is responsible for overseeing and securing YGL’s information technology resources as Chief Information Officer, including the YGL website. She holds a Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies with a focus in Cybersecurity Policy from Northeastern University, as well as a BFA in Graphic Design, Minor in General Business, and a Baccalaureate Certificate in Product Innovation from Virginia Commonwealth University. Stacey’s love of technology spurred from ten years spent participating, volunteering, and working for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). She is passionate about educating and inspiring women in cybersecurity, and is in the process of starting a blog, Cyberly, to compliment this goal. In her spare time you can find Stacey improving her “functional fitness” in the gym or competing in the SuperFit Games competition series.

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Kehli Cage, Mentoring Director

IMG_5490Kehli Cage is the Director of Mentoring for Young Government Leaders (YGL), in this role she oversees the mentoring program (mentor and mentees), recruitment, workshops, and partnerships pertaining to the program.  Kehli began her federal career as Student Intern, and more than 7 years later she has become a professional career employee. Kehli received her undergraduate degree in Public Relations from Bowie State University and received her graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Trinity Washington University. Kehli is proud public servant, who believes in the power of “giving back”, thus her keen interest in Mentoring. She deems herself a “lifelong learner” as she believes that we never stop learning.

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Sofi Martinez, Chapter Management and Expansion Director

IMG_5503Sofi Martinez started with YGL as a GOLD Fellow working on the YGL website and is now the Chapters Management and Expansion Director. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Towson University in Graphic Design with a minor in Spanish. During her time at Towson she was a part of the debate team and regularly volunteered to promote the passage of the DREAM Act. These experiences encouraged her to go on to pursue a Master’s of Public Policy specializing in education and health policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is now working as a Presidential Management Fellow.

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Rebecca Rose, Strategic Communications Director

IMG_5519Rebecca Rose joined the YGL Leadership team in November 2015, as the Strategic Communications Director. Rebecca has close to 10 years of experience working in the federal government at an array of agencies ranging from defense, medicine, criminal law enforcement, civil law enforcement, finance, all the way to science and technology. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington, and a Master of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma.Fun facts about Rebecca: She is a certified Spinning, Pilates and Group Exercise instructor. She has a dog, Laila and two Angora bunnies, Zen and Zayuri.

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Doniella Mckoy, Chapter Program / Experience Director

IMG_5521Doniella Mckoy is the Chapter Program/ Experience Director for Young Government Leaders. She is a Continuity of Operations Planner for the City of New York. Doniella earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a focus on Health and Industry from Bentley University and a Master of Science in Healthcare Emergency Management from Boston University. Prior to OEM, Doniella was an assistant team leader on a FEMA Corps Planning team. Some of the FEMA projects included teaching WebEOC across the country, interagency work on the unaccompanied alien children emergency, and planning for medical countermeasures. She is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and started a nonprofit Project P.H.D (Personal Hygiene Duffel).

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Joe Maltby, Research and Advocacy Director

IMG_5509Joseph (Joe) Maltby has five years of service with the federal government and two years as a researcher for a state university. The majority of his experience in federal government focuses on employee engagement, change management, and organizational development, working as an advisor, internal consultant, and program manager. He is passionate about public service and about building a government that works in the information age, especially by building connections across government to allow like-minded individuals to draw on each other’s strengths and passion. In his spare time, he enjoys all the joys of living in the Washington DC area, ʺthe Hollywood for nerds.ʺ

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 Jason Wright, Chief Human Capital Officer

IMG_5485As the Chief Human Capital Officer, Jason Wright develops and implements policies that ensure effective execution of YGL’s goals through its leadership team members.

Jason serves as a federal Human Resources Specialist in the National Capital Region.  His areas of expertise are strategic alignment, recruitment, placement, advising, and position classification.

After graduation from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Studies and Master’s degree in International Studies, he began his federal career working with the Department of Army in North Carolina.

In his free time he is a world traveler, multi-year winner of state racquetball tournaments, and a master scuba diver.

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Michele Rosa, Chief Diversity Officer

IMG_5498 Michelle Rosa is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for YGL, in this role she leads efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture, and cultivate diversity and inclusion as an institutional and educational resource. Michelle began her career in the federal government as a Program Manager in June of 2015, after working as a federal contractor for over 6 years. Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus and an MBA from the Ana G. Mendez University System. Michelle is originally from Puerto Rico and she is passionate about giving a voice to those that are underrepresented inpublic service.

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Iris Alon, Newsletter Editor

IMG_5500Iris’ passion for writing and editing started at a young age when classmates would seek guidance on editing their school papers. Realizing that she possessed a natural inclination to write, Iris tried her hand at freelance writing and within a week, landed a contract to write about food and travel. Her articles have been published on well-known websites like Hipmunk, Travel, and D Magazine. She also does a bit of editing work in her current position as a Program Specialist for TSA. In her spare time, she volunteers at Reading Partners, teaching young children to read.

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Steven Lucas, Social Media Director

IMG_5494 Steven Lucas is a Dreamer in Action with a career in international affairs as a financial analyst in emerging markets. He began his career as a volunteer intern, transitioned into the Pathways Program, and now exploring the vast opportunities a career in international development has to offer. Steven enjoys public speaking, reading autobiographies, and living life. He holds a BBA from the University of Mississippi with a focus in Real Estate & Managerial Finance and a Masters in International Management from the University of Maryland University College.

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Elida Sarmiento, Chief Learning Officer


Elida is proactive senior leader with a proven record of accomplishments in designing, developing, and implementing innovative cost saving programmatic and career development programs for executives, managers, supervisors, administrative law judges, and staff across the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), one of the largest administrative judicial systems in the world. She provides full oversight and direction for a workforce of 11,000 across the nation. She is responsible for developing, marketing and successfully delivering a national training program to thousands of employees, ranging from GS-5 Legal Assistants to Administrative Law Judges. Elida oversees an annual budget of over $6 million dollars.

Elida holds a Bachelors degree in Organizational Management and Political Science and Government from Ashford University, a Project Leadership Certificate from Cornell University, and a Masters in Public Administration from American University. She also is a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program. Elida is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Education with an emphasis in Organizational Development from Grand Canyon University.

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