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Student Voice Announces Leadership Transition

Student Voice announces the appointment of Taylor Kahn-Perry and Megan Simmons as the organization's new Executive Director and Associate Director.

Press Release
January 6, 2020


January 6, 2020

Student Voice, the nation’s largest by-students, for-students 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Taylor Kahn-Perry as the organization’s new Executive Director and Megan Simmons as the organization’s new Associate Director.

Kahn-Perry, a second-year student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., was formerly Student Voice’s Journalism Fellowship Coordinator and participated in the first cohort of the organization’s ambassador program. In the program, she successfully advocated for stronger mental health supports for students in her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.

Simmons, a third-year student at Barnard College in New York, New York, formerly served as the organization’s director of strategy, where she oversaw Student Voice’s programs, national tour and strategic initiatives. In her previous role, Simmons worked with over 1,000 students and 200 teachers and administrators to further the student voice movement in their schools and communities.

Both Kahn-Perry and Simmons bring extensive experience in the fields of educational policy, storytelling, community organizing and organizational development to their new roles.

Merrit Jones and Ian Coon, Student Voice’s previous Executive Director and Associate Director, have stepped down from their roles effective immediately. Jones will serve as the President of Student Voice’s Board of Directors, where she will continue to guide the organization’s work.

“I am committed to listening to the stories of students organizing for better education across this country,'' Taylor Kahn-Perry said of her new role. “This organization has already taught me so much, and I know there is so much more to learn and that young leaders are the best teachers.”

To read more about Taylor Kahn-Perry, Megan Simmons and Student Voice’s plans for 2020, read Kahn-Perry’s letter to Student Voice’s stakeholders. To learn more about Student Voice’s team, visit the Student Voice website.

About Student Voice

Student Voice is a by-students, for-students 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in all 50 states to equip students as storytellers, organizers and institutional partners who advocate for student-driven solutions to educational inequity. Through direct civic action, Student Voice helps students hold their schools and surrounding communities accountable to the Student Bill of Rights and prepares them to become lifelong agents of social and political change. For more information about Student Voice, visit our website at and follow @Stu_Voice and #StuVoice on social media.

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