Board of Directors
Alex Koroknay-Palicz, originally from Michigan, moved to the DC area after attending American University. During his senior year in high school, Alex successfully changed the policy of several age-discriminatory stores in his hometown of Holland, MI. After high school he got involved in NYRA and worked to grow the organization over the next twelve years, serving as Executive Director from 2000-2012. Under his leadership NYRA attracted national and international press attention including CNN, Fox News, PBS, the New York Times, LA Times, USA Today and most major newspapers in the country, and achieved important victories for youth rights at the local, state and federal level. Koroknay-Palicz works in membership at the National Association of Counties and returned to NYRA in 2015 to help grow the organization once more.
Connell Wise,DDIv is the former Founder & CEO of the United States Youth Chamber of Commerce and former Youth Commissioner to the DC Mayor’s Commission on National and Local Service. Connell also served as an Executive Councilmember to the D.C. Youth Council. Connell currently serves as the Founder & Managing Partner of Connell Wise & Associates, LLC a boutique Business Consulting firm based in Washington D.C. and Boston, MA. Wise has been a member of NYRA since 2007 and helped reestablish NYRA-DC. Connell holds a two undergraduate degrees, an Associates of Business, a Bachelor’s of Arts and a Doctorate of Divinity. Wise is currently working on his Masters of International Business at Hult International Business School.
Brad White works in brand management at Procter & Gamble on the North America healthcare business in Cincinnati. He is active with various social issues, and has been a youth rights advocate with NYRA since 2001. Brad holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri.