Our Team

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.

Kathy Neal, Senior Strategist

Kathy Neal has over 35 years in business management, more than 25 years of public sector involvement, served for 15 years in statewide and local government regulatory and policy-making positions and is a veteran of working in and managing political campaigns since her college days. She is recognized for multi-faceted strategic thinking & organizational abilities combined with a demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of all people. Kathy represented the California State Assembly on both the CA Integrated Waste Management Board and State Bar Board of Governors, was a gubernatorial appointee to the CA Community Colleges Board of Governors and a Port of Oakland Commissioner. She is elected to and an officer of the Alameda County Democratic Party, President of the Oakland Community Fund and has been on numerous non-profit and community service boards.

A published author, Kathy earned a BA in Political Science from the California State University at Los Angeles; a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of San Francisco; and two Business Management Certificates from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.

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.

Molly Yoon, Office Manager

Molly began at TNG in 2018 working as an intern for the Flip the 14 campaign. Since then, she has assisted with fundraising, voter contact logistics, website management, and social media for our campaigns. She now works as Office Manager and oversees all administrative duties.

Molly received her Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Spatial Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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.

For examples of Nidia’s work for TNG, visit our Portfolio section. For examples of Nidia’s other work, please visit www.mikkodesign.net.

Harley Rother, Campaign Associate

Harley’s commitment to social justice led him to volunteer on various political campaigns as both a researcher and field worker. His work helped elect progressive candidates and provide much needed funding for public education. He began as an intern with The Next Generation in 2019 and started working on campaigns as an associate in 2020.

He holds a BA in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College, and resides in Oakland where he teaches guitar and performs in various musical projects.

Paden McNiff, Campaign Associate

Paden has worked on two Congressional campaigns: Dan McCready for NC-09 and Salud Carbajal for CA-24, in addition to serving in a campaign management role in a successful Supervisorial race in San Luis Obispo, where she currently resides. Her further campaigning work includes working as a member of Organizing Corps 2020, the DNC’s on-the-ground training program with campaign veterans, in which she learned critical skills in data analysis and digital organizing.

She recently graduated from California Polytechnic University, SLO, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. In her time at Cal Poly, she served as a President of the Cal Poly Democrats and in multiple roles on the board of California College Democrats, as well as in a marketing and communications position at the Cal Poly Gender Equity Center and as the PR Director of a local women’s magazine. Additionally, she has served as a voting member in the SLO Democratic Central Committee and most recently Co-Chaired the SLO County Democratic convention.

Daniel Rubio, Campaign Associate

Daniel has volunteered for different local progressive campaigns. He has written for a number of community publications on politics and policy, particularly on the areas of housing, transportation, political trends, and electoral reform. His column in his university paper was a finalist for an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He has years of experience designing and creating professional websites. He now works as a Campaign Associate with The Next Generation.

He holds a BA in Political Science from Arizona State University, and currently lives in Tempe, Arizona.

 

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