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]


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]

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

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


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]

Gen Equity PAC

The Gen Equity PAC is a political action committee linked to Gen Next. While Gen Next describes itself as non-partisan, 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. [6]


Members are only admitted after being invited to join and pay a $10,000 annual contribution. [7] To be invited to join Gen Next, you are first required to have been nominated by two active members of the group. [8] As of May 2014, Gen Next had 212 members.[2] Members include:

Glen Ackerman[2] | Brian Calle[2] | Jason Childs[9] | Jared Cohen[9] | Amanda Currie[2] | Jon Fleischman[2] | Jeff Gehl[9] | Jason Liebman[9] | William H. Lyon[2] | Micha Mikailian[2] | Roman Tsunder[9] | Juan C. Zarate[2]


Gen Next Foundation board (2014)

Gen Next Foundation Staff


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

External resources


  1. "Gen Next: Overview", 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. California Secretary of State filing, accessed 1 December 2016.
  5. "Alliance for Youth Movements Profiles", accessed on 14 October 2010
  6. "FEC Disclourse Report", accessed on 14 October 2010
  7. "Gen Next: Member Profiles", accessed 14 October 2010
  8. "Gen Next: Become a Member", accessed on 14 October 2010
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 "Gen Next: Membership Profiles", accessed on 14 October 2010
  10. Generation Next Foundation, Form 990, 2014, Foundation Center.
  11. Gen Next Foundation, Guidestar, accessed 30 November 2016.