Program Leader, Close Up Foundation
Michael Covin is a Program Leader with the Close Up Foundation, where he leads programs that seek to inform, inspire, and empower young people to be active participants in our democracy. It allows him to take his passion for civic education and guide students engaging with each other on current events and building their skills and views all while getting to explore the nation’s capital. He previously served as a Senior Program Instructor and Program Instructor with the Close Up Foundation. Michael began his civic education work through his time with Pathways and looks to continue to find ways to ensure more young people are exposed to a civic education curriculum. Michael has previously served as a field representative with New Virginia Majority and Progressive Turnout Project, a political writer with the Examiner and National Discourse, and a research intern with Assemblyman Albert Countinho and the Potomac Advocates. Michael has also been part of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee and his local Braddock Democrats group as well as the Virginia Young Democrats including serving as co-chair of the Education Caucus. He was a Fellow with Organizing for America helping to organize a voter education event. Additionally, he has been an active member with No Labels since shortly after its founding and is currently an ambassador with the organization. Michael volunteers his time with his two fraternities, Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and Chi Psi Fraternity, by serving as an alumni advisor with his university chapters. He also gives his time nationally with Phi Sigma Pi as a Foundation Board Director and a Chapter Excellence Board Advisor. From serving as part of the Central Planning Team to being part of the Alumni Board of Directors, Michael has also been active with Rutgers University Dance Marathon and the work they do for the Embrace Kids Foundation in New Brunswick, NJ. Michael is a graduate of Rutgers University, Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ with political science and history degrees. He grew up most of his life in northern NJ in the shadow of New York City and now calls northern Virginia home just outside of Washington, DC. He enjoys reading largely history and current events books in addition to traveling and staying active.