Junior State DC Benefit

Oct 17
Hosted by:The Junior State of Ameri...
October 17, 2015 at 6:00pm to
October 17, 2015 at 9:30pm
Joes Stone Crab 750 15th St NW Washington, DC 20005
Goal: $180,000
$202,952 4 113% Complete

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Thank you for making this JSA's most successful DC fundraiser!

With your support, we successfully met our stretch goal, raising $200,000 for the Junior State and the 11,000 students we'll serve this year.

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On Saturday, October 17th, the Junior State of America invites guests to our nation's Capitol to celebrate JSA's impact and reinvest in its future. Over dinner at Joe's Stone Crab, guests will hear from a panel of top journalists and current JSA student leaders on the impact millennials could have on upcoming elections. Guests will also have the chance to sip cocktails while connecting and reconnecting with fellow JSA stakeholders and alumni.

Guests are advised to wear cocktail attire for this event. Vegetarian meal options will be available.

All funds raised support the Junior State of America and benefit more than 11,000 student participants nationwide.

John F. Harris, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of POLITICO

John Harris was part of the small team that launched POLITICO in 2007, and in the years since has overseen POLITICO’s growth as one of the country’s dominant news organizations covering national politics and the workings of the federal government in Washington. Prior to launching POLITICO, Harris worked for twenty-one years as a reporter and editor at the Washington Post, including covering six years of Bill Clinton's presidency—an assignment that inspired his New York Times bestseller The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House.

In addition to serving as the editor-in-chief of both POLITICO's U.S. and European desks, Harris appears frequently as a political analyst on MSNBC's Morning Joe, CBS's Face the Nation and PBS's Washington Week. He was recently included on the Telegraph's list of most influential DC journalists and GQ's list of the most influential people in Washington.


Roberto Ruiz-Melendez, Governor of the Mid-Atlantic Junior State

Roberto Ruiz-Melendez is the Governor of the Mid-Atlantic Junior State. In this capacity, he leads a seventy-two-person cabinet that plans and executes three overnight conventions every year.  Roberto joined the Junior State as a freshman, when, with the help of his fellow student leaders, he started his school’s chapter. Prior to serving as Governor, Roberto worked as both Mid-Atlantic State chief of staff and fundraising director. He is an alumnus of Junior Statesmen Summer School at Princeton and Georgetown, as well as the JSA Summer Symposium at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Outside of the Junior State, Roberto is a National Hispanic Scholar, President of the Leonia High School Student Body and DECA chapter, and the founder of the DreamCashers Charity Partnership. 


Callie Schweitzer, Editorial Director of Audience Strategy at TIME

Callie Schweitzer is the Editorial Director of Audience Strategy at TIME and Time Inc. She was previously Director of Digital Innovation at TIME where she oversaw traffic, audience engagement, social media, newsletters, new product initiatives and content partnerships. She is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in TIME, The New York Times, Mashable, The Huffington PostPEOPLE and more. 

Schweitzer was named to AdWeek's list of Future Publishers in 2015 and to Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Media in December 2012 and 2013. TIME named her Twitter feed one of the world’s best in 2013. Business Insider named her one of the 30 Most Important Women in Tech Under 30 in 2013. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers.

Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC

Dan Schnur is the Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, where he works to motivate students to become involved in politics, government and public service and teaches popular classes in politics, communications and leadership. In addition to his public policy work and teaching, Schnur has worked on four presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, including serving as the Director of Communications for US Senator John McCain's 2000 presidential bid. Schnur also serves as a trustee on JSA's board.

James Lintott '82
Mike McCurry '72
Rachel Kaganoff Stern '82, P'17
James Lintott '82 & May Liang
GOLD SPONSORS - $10,000+
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools ($20,000)
Rachel Kaganoff Stern '82, P'17 & Eric Stern P'17 ($15,000)
Anonymous '77
Mike McCurry '72
Lenny '79 & Christine Mendonca '82
Ranjit Ahluwalia '93
EMC Research
Alex Evans '79, P'08, P'11 & Kitty Guptill P'08, P'11
Paul Hrabal '84
Bob Rapp '82 & Shari Smith 
Mona Metwalli '88 ($3,600)
Anonymous '72
Bonnie '81, P'07, P'11 & Dan Germain '82, P'07, P'11
Tor Gronborg '91
Scott & Sharon Miller
Gerald Newfarmer '58
David Schellhase '81
June Thurber Paine '64, P'96 &
Garrett Paine ($2,000)
Linda Helen Bennett '82 ($1,500)
Gabriel Stempinski '99 ($1,500)
Tom Warden ($1,250)
Niraj Antani '09
Lanhee '95 & Cynthia Chen
Roxanne Cooper '81
Crystal Frierson '99
Andy Green '95 & Emily Gee '00
Larry Klane '78
Israel '95 & Sarah Klein
Michael Linick '79, P'17
Edwin '49 & Ursula Meese
William "Kip" Morales
Sheela Ahluwalia '97
Leonard M. Apcar '71
Marty Barash '85 & Lisa Barash
Scott Bekemeyer
Brian Collins '00
Hon. Vic Fazio
Tracy Fitzsimmons '85
Friends of John Guevara ('91)
Michael Meese '77
Matthew Patchell P'14 & Ruth Bernstein P'14
Richard '62, P'85, P'88 & Karen Prosser '63 P'85, P'88
Real McCoy Spirits
Dan Schnur & Cecile Ablack
Shannon Scott Zerzan '96
Susan Solinsky '82 & Paul Duryea
Univision Communications
Mark Uyeda '92
Phillip Zabriskie '09
Please submit questions about sponsorship packages to 
Chief Development Officer Matthew Patchell at (650) 393-7656 or development@jsa.org.


Since 1934, the Junior State of America (JSA) has helped over 500,000 students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be active, informed and responsible citizens, voters and leaders. With its student-led, student-run school-year model and rigorous summer school programs, JSA allows students to experience first-hand the drama and power of politics as well as the challenges and responsibilities of leadership. JSA chapters serve as the center of political awareness at their schools and JSA conventions bring thousands of students together to share opinions and learn from each other.