NH Young Leaders Roundtable Discussion

The NH Young Leaders Roundtable Discussion: What Inspires You? 
part of our public discourse series

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Hear from young leaders such as the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Manchester movement, a state representative, a school board member, a campaign manager, a legislation tracker, etc., who have taken actions such as planning walk-outs, organizing rallies, holding public office, speaking before the NH legislature and more. 

Please join us for a nonpartisan public discussion featuring these five civically engaged young leaders focused on the following questions: 

  • What or who influenced you to take action & assume leadership in your community or state? What were some of your formative experiences (positive and negative) with civic learning?

  • Who were your mentors and influencers?

  • What changes do you think are needed in our educational systems and our society “in order to form a more perfect union?”

  • How can we learn to work together across differences to solve urgent problems?

  • How is your generation different from those that came before it?

  • What gives you hope? What concerns do you have?



Anna Brown, Moderator

Anna Brown

Anna Brown is Director of Research and Analysis for Citizens Count, a nonprofit dedicated to providing unbiased information about New Hampshire policy issues and candidates.  She has been with the organization since 2011.  Anna is a regular contributor to NHPR, Good Morning NH, and other media outlets. She received her master’s degree in justice studies from the University of New Hampshire.


Jonathan Weinberg

Jonathan Weinberg

Jonathan recently attended Whitman College, where he studied philosophy. He is also a 2018 Concord High School graduate. In high school, he led students in a walkout in solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneham Douglas, testified to the state legislature, and continued to help his peers become more civically engaged. He went on to organize statewide rallies attracting over 4,000 participants. Currently, Jonathan is an elected member of the Concord School Board.


Ronelle Tshiela

Ronelle Tshiela

Ronelle is co-founder of Black Lives Matter Manchester and a senior studying Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. An activist since high school, Ronelle served as a public member of the Governor’s state-level Commission on Law Enforcement, Accountability, Community, and Transparency. She was recently awarded “Young Progressive of the Year” by the New Hampshire Young Democrats. 


Representative Cassandra Levesque

Rep. Cassie Levesque

Cassie Levesque is a State Representative in New Hampshire and a member of the House Committee on Children and Family Law.

As a member of a family who are survivors of child marriage, Cassie has become an advocate to end child marriage in New Hampshire. Cassie’s passion for advocacy began as she was a Girl Scout attending a leadership conference in Rhode Island where she first learned of the devastating effects of human trafficking and child marriage.


Jack Hansen

Jack Hansen

Jack Hansen is a first year political science major at American University in Washington D.C. During high school, he participated in Model United Nations, We The People, and was accepted to attend the American Legion Boy’s State program, all of which established an interest in government and politics both in New Hampshire and in Washington. Jack has done volunteer work for multiple campaigns across levels of government and  during the 2020 campaign cycle, was hired to serve as campaign coordinator for Jason Syversen, a candidate for NH Senate District 16. 

NH HumanitiesThis project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org.

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