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YEOs Mandela Barnes State Representative - Milwaukee, Wisconsin Council: Defending Workers and Families Mandela Barnes was recently elected to represent the 11th Assembly District, where he is currently the youngest African American serving in the Wisconsin State Legislature. Barnes has a strong background in community organizing, recently serving as the director of MICAH, an interfaith, social justice-based community organization in Milwaukee. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Barnes attended Alabama A&M University where he became very active in organizations like the NAACP and the Student Government Association. In 2008 Barnes worked as a political organizer in Louisiana with the Democratic Campaign Management Program. In 2009 he returned to Milwaukee and found himself in the office of Mayor Tom Barrett as an intern. Barnes was named the 2012 Organizer of the Year by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin for his work on jobs and economic development, education, immigration, and treatment instead of prison. City Councilor Josué Barrios is a proud resident of Southeast Los Angeles, and, more specifically, the City of Cudahy. His goals upon being elected to the Cudahy City Council in March 2009 were to reduce crime, improve public transportation, and work closely with the public schools in the area. Barrios serves on the MTA Governance Council and the board of directors of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments. He continues to work closely with the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department in outreach programs in the community, as well as with faith-based teen youth groups. Barrios received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He completed his master’s in organizational leadership from Woodbury University in December 2012. Barrios co-chairs the Latino Caucus for the Young Elected Officials Network. Josué Barrios City Councilmember - Cudahy, California Council: Expanding Democracy Jamar Brown is entering his third year as a member of the Champaign Unit 4 School Board, where he serves as the board’s secretary. During his term, Brown has focused on discipline and educational inequalities in the district. He currently serves on the Education, Equity, Excellence Committee; Discipline Equity Advisory Group; and the district’s newly formed Social Justice Committee. Prior to serving on the board, Brown served as vice chair of the Human Relation Commission for the City of Champaign. Jamar Brown School Board Member - Champaign, Illinois Council: Defending Workers and Families www.YEONetwork.org - 16 -