The Can Kicks Back is a millennial-driven campaign to solve America's fiscal crisis.
The mission of The Can Kicks Back (TCKB) is to educate, organize and mobilize young Americans to strategically increase pressure on our elected leaders in order to achieve a bipartisan, comprehensive and long-term deficit reduction agreement by July 4, 2013.
In order to achieve a “grand bargain” on budget issues to put the country on a sustainable fiscal path, the calculus among elected officials must change so that the political costs of delaying action outweigh those of taking action.
This requires organizing Americans at the grassroots level to increase pressure on their elected representatives. The time to begin doing so is now. In early 2013,campaigning will be over and governing must begin. In this window, many believe a bipartisan deal on debt and deficits can be achieved. The only question is: will young people show up to make it happen?
• Fix the Debt is a non-partisan movement to put America on a better fiscal and economic path. The Can Kicks Back serves as the Millennial outreach partner for the Fix the Debt.
• Concerned Youth of America is a nonpartisan group dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility at the local, state and federal levels and promoting the investments to support future economic opportunities. CYA serves as the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor of The Can Kicks Back.
• Hon. Evan Bayh – Former Democratic Senator and Governor from Indiana
• Erskine Bowles – Former Co-Chair, National Committee on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform; Former Chief of Staff, President Bill Clinton
• Jonathan Cowan – President, Third Way; Former Co-Founder, Lead or Leave
• Hon. Mickey Edwards – Vice President of the Aspen Institute; Former Republican Member of Congress from Oklahoma
• Hon. Alan Simpson – Former Co-Chair, National Committee on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform; Former Republican Senator from Wyoming
• Hon. David M. Walker – CEO, Comeback America Initiative; Former Comptroller General of the United States
Executive Director: Ryan Schoenike, 30, is co-founder of WeCantPayThatTab.org. He has engaged with policymakers and Millennials in a variety of forums to discuss fiscal challenges. Ryan has a background in economics and has worked for a variety organizations in the energy field. He has experience in market analysis, program management, national branding campaigns and online media.
Ryan serves as a member of the Concord Coalition’s Youth Advisory Board, and he currently works for a organization promoting realistic renewable energy solutions.
Outreach Director: Michael Eisenstadt, 32, is founder and president of YPNation, the national membership organization for Young Professionals.
Michael works with Young Professional leaders on community development and public policy programs. He previously worked at Conde Nast Publications and launched an online business magazine for Young Professionals.
Communications Director: Jake Parent, 31, is a graduate student in political management and communications at The George Washington University. He has worked on multiple issue and candidate campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. His areas of expertise are in communications and grassroots organizing.
Most recently he worked as a regional political organizer for the California Federation of Teachers. Jake has also served five years as the Public Relations Officer for Omeid International, a non-profit which he founded and which runs an orphanage in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Policy Director: Brandon Aitchison, 27, is co-founder of WeCantPayThatTab.org and is a graduate student at Georgetown University. He has been involved in engaging young Americans about the debt over the last several years and has served on expert panels discussing the implications of continued budget deficits on his generation. Brandon has a background in international relations and national security policy. He believes our staggering budget deficits are a threat to US national security
Field Director: Nick Troiano, 23, is the former National Campus Director for Americans Elect, where he organized a network of volunteers on over 300 college campuses nationwide.
Nick has led prior grassroots campaigns on a local and national level, including the fiscal reform campaigns “Do We Have A Deal Yet?” (a coalition of 140+ student body presidents) and MillennialDEBT. His background and passions are at the intersection of youth civic engagement, multimedia production and political reform.
Finance Director: Tierra Warren, 26, is the former Finance Director for the College Republican National Committee where she raised $10 million dollars between 2008 and 2011. She was one of the original co-founders of “Don’t Put It On Our Tab”, a debt-awareness education initiative designed to contextualized the severity of the debt.
A recent MBA graduate from Johns Hopkins University, Tierra current works at The Heritage Foundation, a leading think-tank on Capitol Hill.
Legal Advisor: Joshua Boone, 28, is a New York barred attorney. He graduated from Albany Law School cum laude in 2010 and spent two years as an in-house attorney for an asset origination corporation performing corporate governance, regulatory compliance, and asset origination services. Josh is currently employed analyzing state and federal insurance, banking and finance regulations.
Josh has experience in regulatory analysis and compliance, insurance finance and banking laws, and corporate governance.