Doug Linney, President
Doug has served the environmental community of California for over 35 years as an advocate, political strategist, coalition builder, and fundraiser. In 1996, he founded The Next Generation (TNG) in an effort to advance the environmental agenda by offering campaign services and political strategy to nonprofit organizations, environmental coalitions, and progressive candidates.
Doug has run numerous campaigns at the state, regional, and local level and has specialized in water, energy, forestry, and environmental tax reform issues. In 2002, he was recognized with the Mark Dubois River Conservationist Award given by Friends of the River. His environmental service includes past or present membership on the boards of directors for the California League of Conservation Voters, Friends of the River, ecoVenture, Green Capitol, the Planning and Conservation League, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
From 1988 to 1994, Doug was the Political Director of the California League of Conservation Voters, a public interest organization that supports environmentally minded candidates for public office. Doug received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Public Policy from the University of California, Davis.
Peter Myers, Campaigns Director
Peter joined TNG in 2019 after years of working on candidate and ballot measure campaigns across California. His work has helped provide billions of dollars in new local funding for transportation, education, libraries and affordable housing. He has worked with education and anti-recidivism nonprofits on three continents, including Education Moldova, which he founded in 2012. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Moldova from 2005 to 2007. Peter is an avid cyclist, and has ridden the Pacific Coast from Seattle to San Diego.
Peter holds an M.A. in Development Practice from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Journalism from Boston University. He lives with his wife and two sons in San Pablo, California.
Donald Lathbury, Communications Director
Donald joined TNG as our Communications Director in October 2017. Previously, he served as Congressman John Garamendi’s Communications Director for eight years (including time when he served as California’s Lieutenant Governor), where he helped coordinate the Congressman’s message and priorities. Prior to that, Donald served as Deputy Communications Director in the offices of Speaker Fabian Nunez and Speaker Karen Bass. He is the former president of East Bay Young Democrats and currently serves as the Chair of the Berkeley Transportation Commission and as an Associate Member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee.
Donald attended the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Political Science. While there, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Political Review, Berkeley’s only non-partisan political magazine. As a student, Donald interned for or worked at the ACLU of Northern California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, and a public-interest environmental law firm.
Dup Crosson, Operations & Office Manager
Dup joined TNG in 2016 after moving to Oakland from his native Maine. In addition to covering the administrative side of TNG, he also assists with project management and communications.
Dup has a B.S. in Environmental Management from UNC–Asheville and draws from his years working on grassroots campaigns in conservation, ecology, the arts, climate change, and social justice. He was a top fundraiser for the Yes On 1 campaign in Maine in 2012 – the first voter-approved referendum on marriage equality – and has helped nonprofits like Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, Berkeley Public Library Foundation, and California Wilderness Coalition reach bigger and more diverse audiences with his skills in advocacy, outreach, and development.
Nidia Mikkonen, Art Director
Nidia works closely with our staff to design original, fresh, graphically striking campaign logos, mail pieces, and campaign literature for our clients, often on very tight deadlines.
Nidia has worked with Doug Linney and TNG for over 20 years.
She has also done design work for The California Bar Association, Alameda County Community Food Bank, Clean Water Action, Fred Finch Youth Center, the Labor Project for Working Families, and the California Child Care Resources and Referral Network.
Molly Yoon, Campaign Associate
Molly assists with fundraising, voter contact logistics, website management and social media for our campaigns. She received her Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Spatial Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara.