Alex Koroknay-Palicz

President, National Youth Rights Association

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.

The following year, in 2000, Koroknay-Palicz was hired as Executive Director of the National Youth Rights Association and has been running the organization ever since. In his capacity as NYRA's Executive Director, Alex has appeared on CNN, PBS and Fox News and has been profiled and quoted in numerous publications including the Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today.

Koroknay-Palicz has testified for legislation from Sacramento to Washington, DC and built a grassroots network of youth activists dedicated to fighting for their civil rights.