When we say “who writes the rules matters,” we mean it. Young people have a stake in this fight and will need to live with the long-term consequences of the choices made by key decision-makers; that’s why we believe it is so important for their voices to be heard in this process, and why we will continue to invest in the next generation of leaders.
Our national leadership team ensures the network’s success each year by organizing our people, strategizing and supporting policy projects, communicating our message, and influencing decision-makers.
Our new chapters coordinators, regional coordinators, community college organizer, and chapter organizers organize their fellow Roosevelters and chapters to build power in their communities. Meanwhile, our communications coordinator and policy coordinators focus on writing, organizing, and advocating for the ideas of their fellow Roosevelters.
Our network is divided into six regions: New England, New York, the Mid-Atlantic, the South, the Midwest, and the West. While national staff supports students across all regions, each region is also supported by a regional team that helps organize our student chapters and create a sense of unity across the region.
Each regional team comprises three positions:
- Regional coordinators who oversee the region as a whole and set a vision or direction. They take the lead on region-wide events, actions, or policy work.
- Chapter organizers who work directly with established chapters to set goals, troubleshoot chapter and policy roadblocks, establish structures, host events, and more.
- New chapter coordinators who research and recruit people on target campuses in each region and help students build chapters on their campuses or in their cities.
We have seven policy coordinators who lead in our various issue areas: education, the economy, human rights, democratic access, energy and the environment, healthcare, and the financialization of higher education. Policy coordinators support students regardless of where they are in the research or writing process; they help with everything from issue identification through partner meeting strategizing.
There are two other roles on our national leadership team: a communications coordinator and a community college organizer.
Our communications coordinator focuses on chapter-level press and promotion, as well as chapter-level digital strategy. They help students draft op-eds, create engaging social media content, and generate greater awareness and enthusiasm for students’ ideas. They work with chapters and projects across all regions.
Our community college organizer builds relationships with community college faculty and administration across the country. Their ultimate goal is to seed chapters at these institutions.
STUDENT BOARD OF ADVISORS
Our student board of advisors is an unpaid advisory board that helps shape the overall strategic vision of the Roosevelt Network. Each student selects one area to focus on over the course of the year—such as diversity and inclusion or coalition-building—and assists staff in gauging student opinions and creating new resources and trainings. There are five total members of the student board of advisors, including the Junior Chair, who serves a two-year term.
Learn more about this year’s national leadership team here.