Campus Election Engagement Project Hires Maxim Thorne as Chief Executive Officer

“I know what it is like to feel the entire continuum of being young, marginalized and disenfranchised to becoming whole, empowered and American. Now more than ever, we need to reimagine, protect and strengthen the pillars of our democracy. We have to turbocharge and make real an intersectional and holistic democracy movement building on the centrality of the rich diversity of youth. Every innovation and tried and true is on the table, be it texting, digital organizing, short films, dorm storming, student panels, marches and more.”

– Maxim Thorne

Seattle, WA, Release: June 7, 2021. Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), a national nonpartisan student voting engagement organization, is pleased to announce Maxim Thorne as CEEP’s new CEO. Maxim’s vision, leadership and expertise will help CEEP be even more impactful as we engage young people to participate, defend and promote our democracy.

Maxim earned a B.A. (cum laude honors) in Economics and Political Science from Yale College and a J.D. from the Yale Law School. Maxim has served as the Managing Director of The Andrew Goodman Foundation, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications and Development Officer of NAACP, the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Human Rights Campaign and HRC Foundation and the Executive Director of NJ Head Start Association. As a dedicated leader and advocate, Maxim has served on the Board of Directors of many organizations as well, including the founding Board of Yale Black Alumni Association, Chaired the 40th Anniversary of the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, Honorary Co-Chair of the 50th Anniversary of the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, the Board of Governors of Yale University, Executive Committee of the Yale Law School, GLAAD, the North Star Fund, Amistad Research Center, Barnert Hospital Foundation and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey. He also serves on the Yale Alumni Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

“Maxim is the kind of transformative leader that can take CEEP to the next level. For all of us on the CEEP Board, we are confident that Maxim is that leader. As we look to the future, we are excited to grow CEEP into an even greater, more successful organization to have the largest impact on students and campuses across the country,” said CEEP’s Board of Directors Chair, Elizabeth Ricci.