Fred Sullivan

Executive Director, CO-FOUNDER

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Artist, Activist, and Entrepreneur Fred has been with Man Up Campaign since it’s founding in 2009 as Director of Technology. Executive Director since 2015.

As Executive Director, he vows to continue to activate and encourage the global youth of all gender to end gender-based violence by encouraging the movement for equality, inclusiveness, and opportunity. He believes a change in the outcomes for women & girls globally will change the world for the better as no other cause that one can make. In his personal life and most important role father of daughter and husband and a youth leader and advocate for over 26 years in the areas of social justice and non-violence he views this vow as a personal and daily responsibility. Fred has worked with NGO’s on initiatives for peace, youth leadership and non-violence issues. He had the fortune to information architect and develop the website for The Coalition for the International Criminal Court.  Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan attributed the website as one of the key factors that facilitated the International Criminal Court Treaty after 100 years of effort. Fred has also worked with other NGOs, including the Hague Appeal for Peace, the People’s Millennium Assembly at the UN and, recently, the preparation conferences on Rio +20. 

Fred founded a number of ventures including LiQ, a technology company, eventually sold to a publicly traded company. His agency NetReaction created Pihana Pacific's web portal, online marketing, and brand strategy, which helped realize Pihana's successful merger as equals with Equinix and i-STT. Besides development and management consulting with technology start-ups, he has done projects for Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies such as Hugo Boss, Trammell Crow, Sumitomo Corporation, Sony and NTT DOCOMO and many other commercial and social ventures.

Fred’s talents in business and technology are balanced with an extensive background in sports and arts. He was a pioneer participant in soccer as a teen in Des Moines, Ia, as well in football, wrestling, and track. He has danced for over two decades, studying and performing modern and classical dance with mentors such as Maggie Black and Merce Cunningham. You may still find him choreographing, performing on stage, dancing the Argentine tango or teaching a class.

He has a real passion for and trust in the potential of youth leaders to solve the challenges of today and the future.

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Jimmie Briggs

Executive Director Emeritus, FOUNDER


jimmie cf sqOver the past two decades, Jimmie Briggs has earned a reputation as a respected human rights advocate in the field of journalism, lecturer, and educator.

Through extensive travels to countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, the St. Louis, Missouri-native, and a graduate of Morehouse College has produced seminal reporting on the lives of war-affected youth and children soldiers, as well as survivors of sexual violence. A National Magazine Award finalist and recipient of honours from the Open Society Institute, National Association of Black Journalists and the Carter Center for Mental Health Journalism,  his book on child soldiers and war-affected children Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War won him accolades in 2005, and took readers into the personal journeys of war-affected youth. Further, Briggs has served as an adjunct professor of investigative journalism at the New School for Social Research and was a George A. Miller Visiting Professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois: Champaign-Urbana. His upcoming book Blood Work narratively examines personal transformation and manhood through his own life and that of several recognizable figures from around the world.

For his work with Man Up Campaign and the issue of violence against women, Briggs was selected as the winner of the 2010 GQ Magazine “Better Men Better World” Search, as well as one of Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in 2011.

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Everett Hoag

Director of Youth Engagement

everret formal sqAs Man Up Campaign’s Director of Youth Engagement, Everett oversees the growth and implementation of the organization’s strategies. Taking a robust collaborative approach, Everett delivers stellar live experiences integrating and leveraging design-thinking with the latest technology across all digital, physical, social and mobile platforms. Strengths include strategic planning; outstanding analytical, problem-solving and team-building skills; project management, experiential marketing, cultural program design and development, and community engagement. He has worked as a management and design consultant with nonprofit organizations, associations, and Corporate America (American Cancer, Artists to End Hunger, Chrysler, Disney, IBM, Japan Railways, Juvenile Diabetes, KFS, Lancôme, Union Carbide, WB Mason) for more than three decades. Hoag’s events and campaigns have been featured on the Style Network, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, Bravo, and CNN; on the cover of Time and Newsweek, in such periodicals as Crain’s, Forbes, Glamour, Horizon, Town & Country, and Vanity Fair; in trade journals (Adweek, Crain’s, Special Events, WWW); in scores of newspapers (London Times, Tokyo Times, Boston Globe, NY Times).

In concert with design projects, Everett is a passionate youth leader and advocate of arts-based education integration witnessing first-hand the power of the arts, sports, music, and technology as a catalyst to involve students in understanding themselves and the world around them relying on a blend of good relationships, social skills, and engagement with learning. Trusted as a partner, mentor, coach, and colleague, Hoag has a passion for and a proven track record of creating engaging, social/emotional learning experiences inspiring people to reach more fulfilling places in their personal and professional lives. As a teaching artist committed to a vision of the arts healing our communities, he provides informed expertise, strategies, and program development to awaken students’ civic consciousness while developing their creativity and entrepreneurialism for social enterprise.

Everett’s talents in business and technology are balanced with an extensive background in the global performing arts scene. Mr. Hoag’s theatrical credits include the International Emmy Awards, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Carnegie Hall and Off-Broadway; as well as the UN, the White House, and festivals from Europe to Japan. Co-author of the long-running play, 'Halfway There' educating youth about the devastating impact of substance abuse seen by over a million people and recipient of the Sara Spencer Artistic Achievement Award 2000 from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the highest national honor awarded for artistic theater practice of long duration and wide recognition. Recipient of development grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, various state arts councils, and private foundations funding work for young audiences integrating social/emotional and academic learning paths.

Richard Castilllo

HeadQuarters UN Youth Partnerships Director and UN Representative of Youth Advocacy

Richard Castillo is an admired young male feminist. He is a member of the United Nations Inter-Agency Workgroup on Youth and Gender. In the Workgroup, he is also the co-chair of Partnerships with Young Men in Gender Equality. He leads many of Man Up Campaign social media campaigns and is recognized digital advocate at professionally and in the UN & it's NGO community. He often represents MUC at all UN-related speaking engagements pertaining to youth forums at the United Nations and civil society panels. One of his responsibilities as MUC's HQ UN Partnerships Director is fostering sustainable relationships with local/state government agencies, corporate, civil society organizations, as well with UN entities. Another of his duties is the execution and development of all MUC digital and country program campaigns.

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Upasana Chauhan

 UN Youth Representative, WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE. SECRETARY. Youth Advocate India

upasanachauhanInternational Advisor with Praveen Latha Sansthan - NGO for Girls Education and Women Empowerment in India. Advisory Committee Board Member of WETEC-Kenya and Evolution 360 - Bangladesh. Coalition Committee Member of Policy Drafting and Public Relations with NYC4CEDAW where she is working to get the Women's Rights of Bill passed for Newyork City. She is a STEM Girl who has worked with Multinational and Fortune 500 Companies for more than nine years. She was invited at Columbia University to speak and encourage young girls to take STEM fields. She is also a member of the UNIANYD - United Nations Inter Agency Network Youth Development Group. Also a Senior Mentor with Global Leadership - Mexico.

She loves to write, and blog and her articles have been published in online magazines like National Geographic, Huff Post, and TIME Magazine to encourage girls and women to follow their Dreams and be their own Superwoman.

Patrick Mbaya

UN Youth Advocate, Secretary of Law and Policy Committee


patricksq smPatrick was born in the town of Lubumbashi in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He studied law at the University of Lubumbashi Faculty of Law and obtained a Licence en Droit (Bachelor’s degree) in economics and social law. After graduation, he worked as an attorney at Mbombo and Associates, a law firm based in Lubumbashi. He practiced different types of law and advocated for women who were survivors sexual assault in the eastern part of the Congo. He collaborated with various NGOs, and an advocated for women who sexually abused by the Congolese army, rebels, and civilians.

In the U.S., Patrick obtained a masters degree (LL.M) at Fordham University School of Law in International Law and Justice in 2014, where he studied different types of law, such as human rights, immigration, and international law. He has worked and volunteered at Sojourner/ First Friends, a non-profit organization that helps immigrants detained in the detention center. He also interned at Guerrero Yee, LLP, an immigration law firm, acted as
a mediator at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and worked at Musafir and Associates an immigration and a business law firm. While working at these firms, he represented people in different types of immigration matters, such as Cancellation of Removal, immediate relatives, work visas, and adjustment of status, among others.

Additionally, he was employed at the interpretation and translation companies Geneva World Wide and Legal Language Institute. He is also a volunteer at African Services Committee, where he works as legal fellow and advocate for women who have been sexually abused, infected with HIV or AIDS and have been forced by their communities to have an excision or gender mutilation (FGM) and have come to the U.S. for asylum.

He is also a member of the United Nations Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality. The 1 & 2nd Youth Forum of Conference on the Status of Women 61 and 62nd he was on the drafting committee drafting the youth submission to the Final Conclusions Document.

Valentin Camano

'UN Youth Representative, Overseas Delegation Outreach

valentincamanoAs a youth advocate feminist, Indigenous rights, LGBT supporter and immigrant advocate: a part-time volunteer for the New Sanctuary Coalition in NYC. An activist supporter with ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), a member of the Jackson Heights Solidarity Network. A senior Intern for Communications, Social Media, and PR for the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation. As a Youth Advocate, I am a polyglot a multi-linguistics major. I study to listen and speak with many people in different cultures and promote dialogue with what we youth face today and what change can we bring within our communities by creating change and peaceful talks with our local reps to find a solution to the problems we face in today’s modern society.

Currently, in school Brooklyn College studying International Affairs and Anthropology – Global policy studies through the Baccalaureate Program (CUNY).

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