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Young Democrats of America
Young Democrats of America
President Crystal Strait
Founded 1932
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Mother party Democratic Party
International affiliation International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY)
Website www.yda.org

The Young Democrats of America (YDA), founded in 1932, is the official youth arm of the Democratic Party of the United States, although it severed official ties with the Democratic National Committee following passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 and became an independent 527 group.[1] The group's membership consists of those Democrats under the age of 36 (although two chapters allow members under the age of 40), and its political activities tend to concentrate on increasing the voter turnout of young Democrats and affecting the issues impacting that demographic group. It tends to be somewhat more focused on political activism than the party at large.

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2009-2011 YDA Leadership

YDA membership elects seven national officers biannually at the organization's National Conventions and two DNC representatives in even-numbered years. These officers, as well as six "stakeholders" who are leaders in other related organizations form the national board of directors, which deals with day-to-day management of the organization. The officers were elected at the 2009 YDA National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Along with the national officers, YDA's national executive committee includes chairs of the nine constituency caucuses, eight regional directors, and a variety of appointed officers.

The President, Democratic National Committeeman, and Democratic National Committeewoman are automatic members of the Democratic National Committee, and superdelegates to any Democratic National Convention occurring during their terms.[2]

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National Elected Officers

Caucus Chairs

  • College Caucus Chair: Chris Stergalas of Michigan
  • Disability Issues Caucus Chair: Ben Spangenberg of Virginia
  • High School Caucus Chair: Sania Rahim of West Virginia
  • Jewish Caucus Chair: Sarah Holstine of Maryland
  • Labor Caucus Chair: Mike Corbett of New York
  • LGBT Caucus Chair: Kyle Bailey of Georgia
  • Minority Caucus Chair: Shanay Watson-Whittaker of Michigan
  • Rural Caucus Chair: Cassi Peters of Oklahoma
  • Veterans and Military Affairs Caucus Chair: Lakisha Watson-Moore of Tennessee
  • Women's Caucus Chair: Elena Weiss of Georgia

Regional Directors

  • Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont): Mark Bracken of Massachusetts
  • Mid-Atlantic (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Young Democrats Abroad): Atima Omara-Alwala of Virginia
  • Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virgin Islands): Jason Cecil of Georgia
  • Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio): Kristopher J. Anderson of Illinois
  • Midwest (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin): Jamie Epstein of Kansas
  • Southcentral (Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas): Rebecca Burgin of Oklahoma
  • Southwest (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming): Tony Cani of Arizona
  • Pacific (Alaska, America Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington): Kelly Drake of Washington

Other Elected Leaders

  • Chair - State Presidents Association: Kristin Aschenbrenner (SD)
  • Secretary - State Presidents Association: Yaakov "Jake" Weissmann (MD)

Appointments

These leaders have been appointed by YDA President Crystal Strait and have been confirmed by the YDA National Committee.

  • Communications Committee

Chair: Karl Johnson (VA)
Vice-Chair: Lon Seidman (CT)
Secretary: Nick DeCenzo (OH)

  • Finance Committee

Chair: Alicia Froio (PA)
Vice-Chair: Jennifer Paquette (VA)
Secretary: Leslie Small (GA)

  • Budget Committee

Chair: Dan Tompkins (MD)
Vice-Chair: Kamal Cheeks (MI)
Secretary: Allison Bruns (MO)

  • Rules Committee

Chair: Kirk Miller (GA)
Vice-Chair: Hillary Hunt (WA)
Secretary: Melissa Ozols (CT)

  • International Affairs Committee

Chair: Thione Niang (OH)
Vice-Chair: Daraka Larimore-Hall (CA)
Secretary: Byron LaMasters (TX)

  • Resolutions Committee

Chair: Bree Boehlke (AZ)
Vice-Chair: Tori Miyagi (HI)
Secretary: Brett Jackson (LA)

  • Community Service Committee

Chair: Dustin Hausner (NY)
Vice-Chair: Jamie Caston (IL)
Secretary: Nikema Williams (GA)

  • Diversity and Outreach Committee

Chair: Ken R. Whittaker (MI)
Vice-Chair: Colene Elridge (KY)
Secretary: Jillian Cardillo (MA)

  • Credentials Committee

Chair: Michael Gilberg (NY)
Vice-Chair: Heather Brown (NV)
Secretary: Montica Talmadge (NC)

  • Chapter Building Committee

Chair: Matt Salner (CT)
Vice-Chair: Bethany Banet (IN)
Secretary: Brian Doliner (NJ)

  • Campaign Committee

Chair: Gabe Gonzalez (TX)
Vice-Chair: Marshall Spevak (NJ)
Secretary: Joon Kim (MD)

  • Site Selection Committee

Chair: Shawn Hartman (MA)
Vice-Chair: John Moreau (KS)
Secretary: Walker Mattox (KY)

  • Judicial Council

Chair: Matt Silverstein (NY)
Vice-Chair: John Verdejo (NC)
Secretary: Bri McLarty (NE)

Other Appointments

These will be appointed by the newly elected YDA President.

  • Chief of Staff: Heather Brown (NV)
  • Administrative Director: Adam Neary (NJ)
  • Conference Director: Shaunica Pridgen (IN)
  • Trainings Director: OPEN
  • Political Advisor: Daraka Larimore-Hall (CA)
  • Parliamentarian: Sugar Stallings (MD)
  • Press Secretary: Kurt Watkins (TX)

Staff [3]

National
  • Executive Director: (Vacant)
  • Political and Communications Director: Hailey Snow (CA)
State
  • California: Claire Conlon
  • Georgia: Tim Cairl
  • Indiana: Shaunica Pridgen
  • Utah: Justin Daniels

2007-2009 YDA Leadership

YDA membership elects nine national officers biannually at the organization's National Conventions. These officers, as well as six "stakeholders" who are leaders in other related organizations form the national board, which deals with day-to-day management of the organization. The officers were elected at the 2007 YDA National Convention in Dallas, Texas.

Along with the national officers, YDA's national executive committee includes chairs of the nine constituency caucuses, eight regional directors, and a variety of appointed officers.

The President, Democratic National Committeeman, and Democratic National Committeewoman are automatic members of the Democratic National Committee, and superdelegates to any Democratic National Convention occurring during their terms.[4]

National Elected Officers

Caucus Chairs

  • LGBT Caucus Chair: Rachel Kau-Taylor of California
  • Women's Caucus Chair: Atima Omara-Alwala of Virginia
  • Minority Caucus Chair: Erica Contreras of Texas
  • Disability Issues Caucus Chair: Ben Spangenberg of Virginia
  • Labor Caucus Chair: Isaac Robinson of Michigan
  • Jewish Caucus Chair: Josh Pasek of Pennsylvania
  • High School Caucus Chair: Alicia Froio of Pennsylvania
  • College Caucus Chair: Thione Niang of Ohio
  • Rural Caucus Chair: Amanda Nelson of Washington
  • Veterans and Military Affairs Caucus Chair: MegHan Smith of Texas

Regional Directors

  • Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont): Michael Gilberg of New York
  • Mid-Atlantic (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Young Democrats Abroad): Rod Snyder of West Virginia
  • Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virgin Islands): Alan Brock of Florida
  • Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio): Kristopher J. Anderson of Illinois
  • Midwest (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin): Jamie Epstein of Kansas
  • Southcentral (Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas): Emily Beer of Texas / Georgia
  • Southwest (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming): Kevin Bondelli of Arizona
  • Pacific (Alaska, America Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington): Rob Dolin of Washington

Other Elected Leaders

  • State Presidents Association: Omarr Williams of Illinois

Committee Appointments

Other Appointments

  • Chief of Staff: Rachel Morse of Oklahoma
  • Administrative Director: Billy Joyner of Georgia
  • Organizing Director: Joe Henriquez McNearney of New York
  • Parliamentarian: Daniel Davis of Virginia

Staff

National
  • Executive Director: Gary Moody
  • Director of Operations: Stephen Zigmund
  • Chapter Manager: Hailey Snow
State
  • California Young Democrats Executive Director: Claire Conlon
  • Virginia Young Democrats Executive Director: Toby Quaranta

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ Connery, Michael. Youth to Power: How Today's Young Voters Are Building Tomorrow's Democratic Majority, ig Publishing, 2008 ISBN 978-0-9788431-3-7
  2. ^ Clinton continues to fight as superdelegates flock to Obama
  3. ^ Staff
  4. ^ Clinton continues to fight as superdelegates flock to Obama

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