WHO WE ARE
Jacob Wynn is a native of Metro Detroit, born in the city and raised nearby in a modest home with a large family. Throughout his childhood, Detroit was the murder capital of the United States; frequent crime, violence, and drug activity plagued his community. That violence hit home when Jacob lost his older brother in a shooting before his senior year of high school. Distraught, Jacob turned his loss into motivation and decided to start a new life in Atlanta.
In Atlanta, Jacob attended Morehouse College, serving in the pre-alumni association, opening a business and serving on the board of another. Being a first generation college student and entrepreneur, Jacob’s time at Morehouse College was marked by battles with homelessness and poverty. Still, he triumphed, working in entertainment and advertising with companies such as Pernod Ricard, Microsoft, Ford, MCM, Bossip and Lifetime Television, and founding a firm specializing in consulting, government contracts, tech and innovation.
Jacob knows that his generation is dealing with the same calamities: unaffordable education, lack of health care, lack of opportunity, poor quality of life, and most of all, being overlooked by our own country’s leaders. Our newest generations have already proven themselves to be some of the most transformative generations to date, taking the lead on issues from financial reform to gun violence prevention and climate change. Still, these younger generations have minimal representation in government.
This stark reality is what led Jacob to found the Young Politician Committee to support the candidacies of young leaders who would otherwise be left disenfranchised. It is his vision to help young candidates, minorities, and women to win elected office so that they may at last become the voices of their communities and the leaders of the future.
Director of Operations
Roderiquic Thompkins was born in Macon Mississippi, a small town of 2,600 people mired in poverty. He shared a 3-bedroom mobile home with his Mother, Aunt, and Grandmother and Grandfather before leaving home at the age of 8 to attend school in Atlanta.
Despite facing adversity, poverty, and needing to change schools several times, Roderiquic thrived, graduating school and launching a career in Atlanta. Sadly, his grandmother became ill, which forced Roderiquic to change course.
It was at this turning point that he began to research our nation’s troubled healthcare system and the machinations of our federal government. In his research, Roderiquic learned that there were only 26 young adults in Congress. He felt that it was these younger voices who spoke out on his concerns about healthcare and the obstacles faced by low-income and working people, and that there needed to be more like them. That’s when he decided to join the Young Politicians Committee, to spark change and help elect more young people to public office.