• Our Team

    Our team of strategists bring proven experience engaging Millennials.

    Aaron Smith

    Co-Founder & President

     

    An experienced and dynamic leader, Aaron provides clients with strategic counsel and insight on engagement directed at young adults. His work focuses on developing unique partnerships, messages, and campaigns that resonate with his generation.

    As the co-founder and original Executive Director of Young Invincibles (YI), Aaron helped grow YI into one of the largest and most impactful youth organizations in the country. Aaron has appeared in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Politico, and PBS NewsHour, among other media outlets, sharing his expertise on the issues impacting young Americans from student loans to unemployment to health care. He has led major national campaigns focused on engaging Millennials around the Affordable Care Act, and spearheaded efforts to improve student higher education outcomes and increase college affordability.

    Tobin Van Ostern

    Co-Founder

     

    Tobin provides strategic counsel and expertise in Millennial outreach and engagement. He brings expertise developing messages that resonate and mobilize young adults around various issues on behalf of his clients. Tobin has led a number of activities to influence policy through innovative messaging campaigns directed at young adult audience including his work with Tom Colicchio's non-profit A Place at The Table and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he also sits on the Advisory Panel for Outreach & Education at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

     

    Tobin previously served as the Deputy Director of Generation Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress, and the National Director of the student engagement program for President Obama’s 2008 campaign.
     

     

    Sarah Holko

    Partnership Manager

     

    Sarah leverages her background in research, data analytics and sales to provide clients with the tailored tools and knowledge they need to reach Millennial audiences. At YI Advisors, she is responsible for business development as well as leading projects with current client and community partners.

     

    Previously, Sarah was a data analyst at an economic and litigation consulting firm with an emphasis on healthcare. She has also worked in research and marketing at a logistics company. She is a proud graduate of William and Mary.

     

    Ronnie Cho

    Director

     

    Ronnie is an experienced media and social impact executive specialized in creating measurable impact through the intersection of media, politics and social change. Ronnie has a rare combination of experience that transcends corporate, non-profit and public sectors including roles as former President Obama’s Millennial Outreach Director at the White House and Emmy winning producer as Vice President and Head of Social Impact at MTV.

     

    Ronnie's expertise ranges from strategic communications and partnerships, multi-platform prosocial content creation, public relations, community engagement, campaign development and deep relationships with A-List influencers in politics, entertainment, sports, philanthropy, media, and business that deliver results. He has been a featured speaker at SXSW, and has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and New York Law School Law Review.

    Erin Hemlin

    Director of Training &

    Consumer Education

    Erin offers clients insight and guidance on strategies to effectively conveying complex and nuanced topics to Millennials. She leads brings subject matter expertise in topics including healthcare and financial literacy. Erin has worked closely with the external relations staff at the US Department of Health and Human Services and the White House to design and execute digital education and engagement campaigns.
     
    Erin has authored publications on best outreach practices in reaching Millennials, outreach and engagement toolkits, policy briefs, and consumer-facing materials. She has been interviewed by several media outlets about her work, including NPR, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, Time Magazine, Politico and The Hill.

    Erin Steva

    Midwest Regional Director of

    Young Invincibles

    Based in YI’s Chicago office, Erin oversees the YI’s efforts to expand access to higher education, jobs, and healthcare, including serving as a member of the Apprenticeships Committee of the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board. She also oversees the outreach efforts of StreetLight Chicago, a mobile and web tool designed to help homeless youth in the area.
     

    Prior to this position, Erin led the research, advocacy, and organizing efforts at the local, state, and national level on public health and consumer-protection issues. Successful initiatives include expanding San Diego’s funding for public transportation by $3 billion, passing a ballot measure to fund high-speed rail in California, and improving community health protections in the City of Los Angeles’ zoning policies.

    Gustavo Herrera

    Western Regional Director of

    Young Invincibles

    Gustavo help leads YI Advisors’ campaigns on education, workforce development, and healthcare in and has extensive experience in developing and implementing community and stakeholder outreach programs.
     
    In addition to his current program responsibilities, Gustavo is Western Regional Director of YI and a 2017 Presidio Institute Fellow. Gustavo also sits on a number of boards including the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, Strong Workforce Implementation, California State Board of Education Joint Advisory Committee as an ex-officio member, and California Physician’s Alliance Advisory Board.

     


     

     

    Tom Allison

    Director of

    Policy & Research

    Tom is responsible for YI Advisors’ unique Millennials focused research. Through survey design and implementation, focus group facilitation and big data analysis, he helps clients better understand the values, attitudes, behaviors of Millennials with research-based insights.

     

    He has conducted extensive research and analyses on the economic well being of young adults. His recent report, The Financial Health of Young America: Measuring Generational Declines Between Baby Boomers & Millennials, analyzes the economic challenges facing today’s young people and represents the most comprehensive look to date at the financial security of Millennials compared to their parents.


    Tom has appeared live on MSNBC, and been quoted in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Vox, Forbes, and others.

    Luke Keller

    Advisor

     

    Luke is an experienced product designer and digital strategist working to deliver exceptional product experiences with YI Advisors. He is currently driving the redesign of the Here to Career mobile app with the California Community Colleges.

     

    In addition to his role at YI Advisors, Luke is also a co-founder and Head of Delivery at xD, a digital service team in the U.S. government. He is also the founder of the Keller Creative Co., a digital consultancy. Previously, Luke served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow under the Obama Administration and as a senior product designer for Character Lab.
     

     

    Emily Getoff

    Senior Outreach

    Coordinator

    As Senior Outreach Coordinator for YI Advisors, Emily helps form strategic partnerships between clients and local communities of students and young adults. Emily's passion for engagement is rooted in a commitment to advancing opportunities for young people and inspiring the next generation of civic leaders.

     

    Emily previously worked as a campus student organizer for Hillary Clinton Campaign in 2016, and as a community engagement specialist with Conscious Period. Emily is a graduate of Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.

    Spencer Dixon

    Senior Outreach

    Coordinator

    A seasoned organizer, Spencer has extensive experience in developing and implementing community outreach programs and fostering relationships with key stakeholders. He has also conducted trainings on a wide array of topics that capture and elevate the Millennial voice and perspective.
     
    Previously, Spencer spent 17 months working on the organizing team for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in Iowa, Washington, and Ohio.

    Michaela Drust

    Communications Fellow

     

    Michaela provides assistance and support on several projects at YI Advisors. Currently, a student at The George Washington University majoring in Communications and Geological Science, Michaela brings strong critical-thinking and analytical skills to her scope of work.


    Prior to this position, Michaela worked as an intern with the Public Interest Law Center, a non-profit law center in Philadelphia, where she helped manage the firm’s social media accounts. In addition to her role with YI Advisors, Michaela works as a Teaching Assistant at GWU.
     

     

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