Justin Rockefeller is co-founder and national program director of GenerationEngage (www.GenerationEngage.org), a nonpartisan youth-civic-engagement initiative that connects young Americans particularly those who fall outside the boundaries of university campuses to one another, to political leaders, and to other civic organizations.
It is founded on three principles: (1) young people suffer not from a lack of interest, but from a lack of access; (2) our democracy should be a dialogue, not a monologue; (3) the best investment we can make in the future of our democracy is in young leaders at the local level.
Notable GenerationEngage participants include, among others: Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Al Gore, Barack Obama, Chuck Hagel, Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell, John Edwards, Nancy Pelosi, Coretta Scott King, Stephen Breyer, Peggy Noonan, Ted Sorensen, Bill Safire, John C. Whitehead, and Spike Lee.
He has received, on behalf of GenerationEngage, two awards: the 2007 Common Cause Andrew Heiskell Youth Democracy in Action Award, and the 2008 Edwin Powell Hubble Medal of Initiative.He serves on the boards of The Alliance for the Arts, Population Council, Japan Society, and the Rockefeller Family Fund, and was appointed by the governor to the New York State Commission on National and Community Service.
In addition, he serves on the National Leadership Council of GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network), on the Executive Committee of The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and on the advisory boards of America Forward and Children for Children.
Weekly, he tutors English grammar and expository writing at The TEAK Fellowship. He is also a regular public speaker/panelist at various symposia. He has been accepted to participate at the 2009 TED Conference.
In 2002 Rockefeller received a B.A. from Princeton University, where he studied politics and art and was active in debate and race relations on campus.