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Game Changers: Millennials Who Are Raising the Bar for Political Engagement

Meet Seattle advocates Austin Wright-Pettibone, Maddie Foutch and Matthew Donnellan.

November 1, 2016

All millennials are lazy, entitled, selfish brats. Right? WRONG! In this podcast, What’s Good 206 showcases local millennials who are paving the way for political change in Washington State. In the midst of a presidential election with levels of drama that rival reality television, our local millennials remind us that change begins in our own backyard. What’s Good 206 Producer Jen Germain talked with three political activists who prove that millennials aren’t just the future leaders of our country, but are already helping to lead it.

Austin Wright-Pettibone is a Senior at the University of Washington (UW) and is the current student member for the Board of Regents, UW’s governing body. Along with serving on student leadership at UW, Austin interned at the White House and worked on digital engagement for Mayor Ed Murray’s campaign. We hear from Austin about the experiences that drive him, the achievements that continue to inspire him, and the perspectives that define him.

Maddie Foutch is the campaign manager for Tina Podlodowski, a 2016 Secretary of State Democratic candidate. Maddie has a background in environmental studies and worked as a field organizer for the Washington Environmental Council, as well as a political organization called Washington Conservation Voters. Hear from Maddie about the importance of addressing climate change, why millennials are not voting, and how as we, as a generation, can begin to show up for the political issues that matter to us.

Matthew (Matt) Donnellan is the Political Director for Bill Bryant’s campaign for Governor. Matt has been engaged with politics and working on campaigns across the country since his freshman year of college, when he joined the College National Republican Committee (CRNC).  Hear from Matt about the importance of thinking critically about political solutions, the challenge with engaging the millennial generation in an era of personalized customization, and how young voters can more effectively fight for change. 


Jen Germain

Jen Germain is a media producer with the Creative Services team at Cascade Public Media, helping to drive brand and programming initiatives. Previously, Jen worked as a producer with Spark Public, where she helped lead digital strategy and mentor a team of millennial multimedia journalists. Find her on Twitter @jengermain. 

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