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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Kyle Langan
Kyle Langan
Member Secretary
Kyle is a lifelong Bridgeporter. He now lives three blocks from his parents' home where he grew up on the west side. He enjoys exploring literature and life issues with his students at The Bridge Academy on the east side of the city. Kyle can often be seen around the city sporting a wide array of Bridgeport gear, and g...enerally getting into some good old fashioned hijinks. He has served on Bridgeport's City Council and is currently pursuing his 6th year and doctorate in education. He is trained in education management and policy, olympic lifting, meal prepping, and kitten care. His biggest fears are sharks, running out of bacon, and letting people down. Kyle is very excited to be joining the action council of Bridgeport Generation Now, the organization that inspired him to be more active in making his home community a better place.
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Ellie
Ellie
Admin Secretary
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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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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Ondrea Moore
Ondrea Moore
Core Member Delegate
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.
Julie
Julie
Core Member Delegate/Youth Advisory
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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Takina
Takina
Core Member Delegate / Public Safety & Police Accountability Committee Co-Chair
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. She recently completed her master's at the Uni...versity of Bridgeport in Global Development and Peace, and teaching at Caroline House.
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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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Kristin Ferrarese
Kristin Ferrarese
Core Member Delegate / Fundraising Committee Chair
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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Kacey Perkins
Kacey Perkins
Core Member Delegate / Public Safety & Police Accountability Committee Co-Chair
Originally from Georgia, Kacey first began organizing around mental health and racial justice in New Haven while completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. As a member of Bridgeport Generation Now's Police Accountability and Public Safety team, Kacey works towards a visio...n of collective healing, harm reduction, and transformative justice in Bridgeport.
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Jason Chacon
Jason Chacon
Core Member Delegate
Jason was born in Bridgeport and moved back to the West Side in 2017. He has a degree in Clinical Psychology from the Southern CT State University and has worked as a social worker for the State of CT since 2007. Jason hopes to bring his experience in the public sector and personal knowledge of labor unions to BPT Ge...n Now.
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Elliott
Elliott
Advisory Member
Elliott Abbotts is originally from Milford, Connecticut and holds an undergraduate degree in Human Services from the University of Bridgeport and a Master’s of Public Administration from Virginia Tech's Center of Public Administration and Policy. As a member of BPTGN since 2016, Elliott has actively worked with the a...ction council, core and general members alike to advance good governance, democratic empowerment, livability, justice, and equity within Bridgeport and across Connecticut.
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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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Past Action Council Members

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