Gen Next

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Gen Next is an "exclusive, Membership-driven organization of successful and committed individuals aimed at overcoming generational challenges in three areas: economic growth, education and international security". [1] It has two sister groups, the Gen Next Foundation, and the Gen Next Political Action Committee.[2]

History

Gen Next was reportedly in existence in startup mode in 2005, when CEO Michael P. Davidson was hired as the organisation's first staffer.[3] The Gen Next Political Action Committee appears to have been its earliest institutional form.[4]

Gen Next was incorporated in California on 4 October 2008.[5] According to the Orange County Register it was founded by real estate executive Paul Makarechian.[2] Roman Tsunder was also a co-founder.[6]

Ventures incubated by Gen Next include Movements.org co-founded by Gen Next members Jason Lieberman, Roman Tsunder and Jared Cohen in 2008.[4]

The Gen Next Foundation was launched by Gen Next members in 2010.[3]

Counter-extremism

Gen Next is a funder of the online think-tank Against Violent Extremism, formed in collaboration with Google Ideas and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.[2]

As of 2014, the US branch of the Quilliam Foundation was based at Gen Next's Newport beach address, with Gen Next CEO Michael Davidson serving as its principal officer.[7]

Gen Equity PAC

The Gen Equity PAC is a political action committee linked to Gen Next. While Gen Next describes itself as non-partisan, Opensecrets.org has described Gen Equity as strongly Republican.[2]

The PAC has donated to Republican candidates and on the 30 June 2009, gave $5000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee. [8]

Membership

Members are only admitted after being invited to join and pay a $10,000 annual contribution. [9] To be invited to join Gen Next, you are first required to have been nominated by two active members of the group. [10] As of May 2014, Gen Next had 212 members.[2] Members include:

Glen Ackerman[2] | Brian Calle[2] | Kevin Chavous[4] | Jason Childs[11] | Jared Cohen[11] | Amanda Currie[2] | Jon Fleischman[2] | Jeff Gehl[11] | Jason Liebman[11] | William H. Lyon[2] [ Rep. Kevin McCarthy[4] | Dan McClory[4] | Ken Mehlman[4] | Micha Mikailian[2] | Maajid Nawaz[4] | Farah Pandith[4] | Jared Polis[4] | Pierre-Richard Prosper[4] | Vinny Smith[4] | Roman Tsunder[11] | Yuri Vanetik[4] | Juan C. Zarate[2]

People

Gen Next Foundation board (2014)

Gen Next Foundation Staff

Contact

  • Address: 4100 MACARTHUR BLVD, STE 150. NEWPORT BEACH CA 92660.

External resources

Notes

  1. "Gen Next: Overview" Gen-Next.org, accessed on 14 October 2010
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Deepa Bharath, Newport Beach-based Gen Next fights terrorism around the world, Orange County Register, 18 May 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Michael P. Davidson, Young Professionals Leadership Summit, 1 December 2016.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Position Specification: Executive Director, Gen Next Foundation, McDermott & Bull, accessed 5 December 2016.
  5. California Secretary of State filing, accessed 1 December 2016.
  6. "Alliance for Youth Movements Profiles" Movements.org, accessed on 14 October 2010
  7. Quilliam Foundation Form 990, 2014, Guidestar, accessed 7 December 2016.
  8. "FEC Disclourse Report" FEC.org, accessed on 14 October 2010
  9. "Gen Next: Member Profiles" Gen-Next.org, accessed 14 October 2010
  10. "Gen Next: Become a Member" Gen-Next.org, accessed on 14 October 2010
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 "Gen Next: Membership Profiles" Gen-Next.org, accessed on 14 October 2010
  12. Generation Next Foundation, Form 990, 2014, Foundation Center.
  13. Gen Next Foundation, Guidestar, accessed 30 November 2016.