the Presidents

Meet the leadership council

Our founders

Chase Magnano


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Chase is a freshman at Princeton University and recent graduate from Ponte Vedra High School, where he has served as junior and senior Class President and is a member of the Tennis team. Trivia is a longtime passion; he is a participant on his school’s Hi-Q team and is a regular at local trivia nights. In October, 2017, he competed on ABC’s nationally televised Who Wants to be a Millionaire Whiz Kids and donated part of his winnings to found JaxThrive. Chase is a participant in many school clubs, including Teens Take a Stand, Future Business Leaders of America, the National, Hispanic, and Math Honor Societies, and Hi Q team. To learn more about diverse cultures and lifestyles, Chase has visited many foreign lands, including Thailand, France, Austria, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic, Jamaica, Mexico and Costa Rica. In June 2017, Chase traveled to Hamburg, Germany where he met with refugee teens and discussed their plight. Chase’s passions include math, science and public speaking with a mindset to use these tools to improve his community. His goal at JaxTHRIVE is to help refugee students achieve future success by more rapid and complete adaptation to our social and educational system. 

Grace Freedman


Grace is a sophomore at Yale University. In addition to JaxTHRIVE a nonprofit dedicated to educating and mentoring young refugees in Jacksonville, she founded the first Gen WOW club for high school students which has now grown to 32 chapters in the U.S. She has been an active participant/speaker at Generation W, an organization dedicated to the positive and possible for women for the past three years where she also serves as an intern. Grace was a member of the Ponte Vedra High's Girl's Golf Team, Environmental Science Club, and Young Feminist Club. She served on the steering committee for the 2018 benefit concert to support the Betty Hubbard House and served as co-chair for the "Teens take a Stand" for Hubbard House last spring. She is a LOUD Leader at Metrotown, an organization focused on promoting diversity and was proud to represent Ponte Vedra High School at the HOBY international leadership conference her sophomore year. Following her junior year, Grace was proud to be selected as a ANN, Inc. and Vital Voices HERlead Fellow, joining this distinguished group of future female leaders.