(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Jehmu Greene, president of Rock the Vote Education Fund (RTV), will step down as head of the non-partisan group to pursue new avenues in media, politics and business. "For the last five years I've had the honor and privilege to help restore Rock the Vote as the nation's leading political organization for young people and revive our branding, visibility and credibility with this generation," she said. "The relationships I have forged and the lessons I have learned have been invaluable, but sadly for me the time has come to chart a new course."
Even while operating under the financial constraints of a non-profit organization, RTV registered 1.4 million new voters for the 2004 presidential election–more than any other national organization–and helped propel 21 million young voters to the polls last November 2nd, which represented the largest increase in any single group of voters. During her tenure, the organization's membership grew from 1,500 to 1 million and the successful street team program was launched.
Greene served in several capacities since she joined RTV in 2000. The RTV Board of Directors unanimously elected Greene to the post of president in September 2003 and she became the first organization executive to serve as a board member in February 2004.
"My fight for seeking positive change and building political power does not end with this move," she said. "We are between the biannual election and budgetary cycles, and this is a convenient time for RTV to effect this transition. I am excited to seek other challenges and new opportunities. I thank our dedicated board members, staff, street team members and RTV'ers everywhere for the opportunity and the honor to serve with them." –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner