Meet the Action Council
Callie
Callie
President/Co-Director
Callie Heilmann founded Bridgeport Generation Now! in 2016 and serves as the President. She has many passions including community, cities, art, feminism, design, entrepreneurship, and education, and is an inspiring and effective leader. Callie, along with her two sisters, founded Hartford Prints!, an urban goods store ...and letterpress studio located in Hartford, where she continues to grow the store into a dynamic retail space. She and her husband, Niels, moved to Bridgeport in 2013 on a whim so they could live and raise their three sons in a city that shared their values of community and diversity. Some of Callie’s favorite Bridgeport moments are watching her children run and laugh at the splash pad at Seaside Park. She believes in the power of the people of Bridgeport to move the city toward positive social change.
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Gemeem Davis
Gemeem Davis
Vice-President/Co-Director
Straight Outta Beardsley Terrace aka Trumball Gardens, Gemeem was born, raised and educated in Bridgeport. Passionate about Democracy and its intersectionality with personal development and civic responsibility, Gemeem returned home in 2016 in search for meaningful ways to serve the city that gave her life and to be cl...ose to family.
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Barbara Scala
Barbara Scala
Admin Secretary
Barbara Scala moved to Bridgeport (Black Rock) over a year ago and quickly became a Core Member of Bridgeport Generation Now. She is a strong supporter of Bridgeport United Against Corruption. She also had a wonderful experience volunteering with the BPT Votes campaign and she co-moderated the Community Town Hall prec...eding the elections this past year. Barbara would love to see positive changes in Bridgeport and is particularly interested in helping to bring about change in local politics.
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Ondrea Moore
Ondrea Moore
Member Secretary
Ondrea is a parent in Bridgeport public schools and a fierce advocate for education. She always brings warmth, laughter, and positive energy to her volunteer work.
Niels
Niels
Treasurer
Niels Heilmann serves as the Treasurer of Bridgeport Generation Now! Niels and Callie brought their family to Bridgeport to immerse themselves and raise their kids in a diverse community-oriented city. Niels's favorite thing about Bridgeport is the raw potential of its downtown to become a vibrant city center that ref...lects the myriad of cultures represented in the city's population. Neils believes that BPT Generation Now! is an exciting and open-ended story; and that improvements will span art, business, politics and more when civically engaged people get active. Niels is the founder and portfolio manager of Elion Investments, an investment firm focused on the healthcare sector.
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Dayna Lindo
Dayna Lindo
BPTTalks; Media & Engagement Chair
Dayna is the founder and producer of BPTTalks. BPTTalks is a podcast broadcasted on WPKN 89.5FM radio highlighting the hidden gems and untold stories of everyday citizens in Bridgeport, Connecticut. BPTTalks shines a light on the city's current resurgence to provide local citizens w/ the inside scoop. For more, visit h...ttps://www.facebook.com/bpttalks/
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Julie
Julie
Youth Advisory Member
Julie Hajducky is the founder and President of the budding nonprofit, Bridgeport Student Voice. Passionate about education advocacy and social justice work, Julie is involved in numerous Bridgeport organizations. Her personal mission is to increase student voice in the community and awareness surrounding the issue of e...ducation funding. Julie lives in Bridgeport and is currently a freshman at Achievement First Amistad High School.
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Rahz
Rahz
Events and Outreach Chair
Rahz Branch lends his knowledge and experience of creative consulting and community development to the Events and Community Committee of Bridgeport Generation Now! where he serves as Chair. Rahz has shaped many artistic and entrepreneurial endeavors in Bridgeport including founding Magnacon 7 Enterprises, Too Much Ente...rtainment Group, I Luv Bridgeport, and BPT Creates. Rahz loves supporting the entrepreneurial and artistic community, and is eager to bring his talent to support the energy and development of the Bridgeport Generation Now! organization.
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Maggie
Maggie
Core Member Delegate
Maggie Gotterer serves as the Policy and Research Committee Chair for Bridgeport Generation Now! She is a nonprofit consultant, manager of B:Hive Bridgeport, Chair of the Bridgeport Food Policy Council, and a board member of Green Village Initiative. Maggie is motivated by working with the passionate, collaborative, an...d diverse people of Bridgeport to realize the potential of the local food system, nonprofits, and entrepreneurial visions. She is involved with Bridgeport Generation Now! because she believes that in a democracy, civic engagement is not optional, and people must educate themselves on civic issues.
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Isa
Isa
Core Member Delegate
Isa Mujahid serves as a Core Member Delegate for Bridgeport Generation Now!. A native of Bridgeport, Isa is an effective community organizer that helps communities realize what is possible when they work together in an organized, strategic fashion. He is the Founder and Organizing Director of CTCORE-Organize Now! and s...trives to give a voice to community members who may have previously felt apathetic or pessimistic about their own ability to bring about societal change. Isa is eager to bring his community organizing expertise to Bridgeport Generation Now!
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Adhlere
Adhlere
Core Member Delegate
Adhlere was born and raised in Bridgeport having grown up on the West End. An alumnus of Central High School, Adhlere left CT to pursue an education and ultimately a career in Aerospace Design Engineering that lasted several years. After retraining to be a Data Scientist and Ethical Hacker, Adhlere now seeks to use his... technical skills to be socially impactful in the public sector. He currently worksite the Fairfield County's Community Foundation.
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Kristin Ferrarese
Kristin Ferrarese
Core Member Delegate
Kristin Ferrarese serves as a Core Member Delegate for Bridgeport Generation Now! Kristin is the manager and creative director of Fortuna’s Catering Co. - a staple in Bridgeport for over 40 years, currently in Downtown Bridgeport. Born and raised in Bridgeport, she loves Bridgeport's diversity, art, public parks, far...mer’s markets, and passionate residents. As a mother, Kristin is hoping to engage with the city’s youths, schools, and programs to build a better, lasting future for the children of the city. She also believes in the power of local, small businesses and hopes to advocate for Bridgeport business owners.
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Takina
Takina
Core Member Delegate
Takina is a Bridgeport native who was determined to leave Connecticut after college until she moved back to Bridgeport and discovered her love for the city. She found communities of people who want to make Bridgeport an even better place to live, and found a home in BPTGN. Now she is pursuing her master's at the Univer...sity of Bridgeport in Global Development and Peace, and teaching at Caroline House.
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Kacey Perkins
Core Member Delegate
Jason Chacon
Core Member Delegate
Ashli
Ashli
Advisory Member
Ashli was born at Bridgeport Hospital and has lived in the same condo on North Avenue since she was 2 years old. She graduated with honors from Central Magnet, then University of New Haven in 2015, and now works at a law firm in Bridgeport. Ashli is also involved in several local organizations including CT Community Or...ganizing for Racial Equity (CT CORE), Political Action Chair for Greater Bridgeport NAACP, Bethel A.M.E. Bridgeport, and the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FNCL). Ashli loves how Bridgeport is welcoming to all types of people, and how its diverse population brings unique perspectives, cultural cuisine, and new ideas to the city. Ashli was involved in the conception of Bridgeport Generation Now!, and currently leads the effort to get the youth in Bridgeport more civically engaged.
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Ellie
Ellie
Advisory Member
Ellie (she/her/hers) loves her home-city of Bridgeport, CT for its wealth of stories and memories. Typically found in the community gardens of the city, Ellie is most alive when connecting farmers, gardeners, and neighbors to the people and plants they're looking to help them make their vision for land and food justice... flourish. She is excited to be part of the energetic and dynamic work of BPTGN as it continues to set roots & grow.
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Past Action Council Members

We would like to thank the following people for their dedication and commitment. We love and honor you!