President John Wasserman
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, John Wasserman found his passion for public service when he was just five years old working for his mother's campaign for city council. At around the time his mother was running for office, Wasserman was diagnosed with a speech impediment which has deterred him from speaking openly in public for the majority of his life. Wasserman overcame his lifelong struggle to follow his passions for helping others. Today, he gives a voice to support the voiceless in our communities. As a student leader at Brooklyn College, Wasserman fought for racial equality, voting rights, affordable higher education, and clean energy resources as a New York Public Interest Resource Group campaign coordinator. He then went on to join the leadership of many civic organizations in Brooklyn where he’s helped elect many progressive political candidates to the local, state and federal levels of government. After College, Wasserman became a tenants rights specialist with the City of New York, where he worked hard every single day to provide legal resources to New York City’s low income communities. For his work helping undeserved communities, Wasserman received the Beacon of Hope Award from the East New York United Concerned Citizens non-profit organization and has received citations from Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott M. Stringer for his public service. Whenever he is not busy assisting New Yorkers, John Wasserman is either catching up on NY Sports or traveling the country.
Executive Vice-President Christina Das
Christina Das is proud first generation Indian American and Brooklynite. She brings to BYD a passion for the local politics with a focus on social justice issues and years of advocating for minority groups. She discovered that grassroots organizing was the best vehicle to cause change while door-knocking throughout Western Pennsylvania as a Organizing Fellow for President Obama's 2012 race. A 2014 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Christina made sure her voice was heard not only in the classroom but also throughout campus as Political Action Director of the Pennsylvania College Democrats and nationally through Women for Women. Along with her repertoire of leading young democrats, Christina has a breadth of experience in campaign finance during her tenure as Deputy Finance Director of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee in Pennsylvania. Presently, Christina is a law student at the CUNY School of Law where she is training to be a legal advocate on behalf of marginalized communities. She also serves on the Kings County Democratic Committee as a committee member and Judicial Alternate for the 42nd Assembly District. In her free time, Christina loves to cook and enjoys hosting potlucks for friends and family.
North Regional Vice-President Sofia Quintanar
Sofia is part of the first generation of her family to grow roots in the U.S. She is a proud Latina whose parents come from Guatemala and Honduras. She brings to the table her ability to convey effective meaning and powerful political messaging through the art of graphic design and illustration. With her degree in Political Science from Drew University and her innate artistic ability, she adds a unique background to our mix. While studying Political Science at Drew University, Sofia interned with the New Jersey State Democratic Committee under State Assemblyman John Wisnewski and Bergen County Democrats. During her time there she helped organize campaign training sessions and write press releases for the committee. She also designed flyers and traveled all over the state to fight Chris Christie's political agenda and safeguard the Democratic majority in the state legislative bodies. It was here where Sofia developed a passion for local politics. More recently, Sofia has volunteered in out of state races such as Jon Ossoff's campaign for GA-06 and as part of the school outreach committee with "NJ-11 For Change." Her newfound appreciation for politics at the national level has inspired her to participate in encouraging Democrats who are not just around the corner but also in areas where it isn't as easy to be a Democrat. She is passionate about voting rights, immigrants' rights and is a fervent supporter of a woman's right to choose and have effective access to healthcare. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her Andrew and her kitties: Simba and Jenny. She enjoys running, practicing yoga and playing fantasy football (team name: "Taste Dwayne Bowe").
Southern Region Vice-President
Zunera Ahmed is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, New York. She is a student at Brooklyn College with a major in Psychology. She is active in student life and a lead researcher in multiple research studies. Passionate about advocacy, Zunera began to work with various CUNY groups to lobby for higher education funding. Zunera saw the need for diverse leadership in government and works with IGNITE, a national organization training college women to run for office. Zunera serves as the Southern Regional Vice President, where she hopes to continue the advancement of the democratic platform. In her free time, Zunera spends time with her family and tackles her long reading list
Central Regional Vice-President Keshia L. Adams
Keshia Adams was born in Guyana and has spent most of her adult life in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 9 years old, Keshia found that here life's purpose was helping people while she assisted her Aunt Elizabeth with charitable givings. After witnessing the hardships her fellow Guyanese and Brooklynites were facing, Keshia started her own nonprofit organization Lifting You For Tomorrow’s Success (L.Y.F.T.S). LYFTS has supported undeserved communities in Guyana and Brooklyn since 2014. For her leadership, Keshia received the rising star of 2017 award from Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and has received 6 in total Citations and Certifications of Merit from NY elected officials for her dedication to community service. In addition to her volunteerism, Adams serves as the Criminal Justice coordinator at Help USA, which provides services to homeless individuals and incarcerated individuals that are looking for a second chance at life . Keshia is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy and Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice at John Jay College. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Berkeley College in 2014.
Secretary Amanda James
Born and Raised in Brooklyn, NY, Amanda is a young 26 year old politico and Community activist who marches and attends many political rallies fighting for justice and equality for all of New York City. In January of 2016, Amanda canvassed in Lower Manhattan and East New for Women's Reproductive Rights along with helping people in her community re certify for their medical health insurance. Amanda is currently an active member to several political organizations such as The NAACP and the Brooklyn Young Democrats. She has successfully ran and won the position of alternate judicial delegate for the Kings County Democratic Party in September of 2017 and also works very closely with local politicians that serve as her mentors such as Nikki Lucas by volunteering for the people's first Democratic Club and working with Josue Pierre the district leader for the 42nd as his executive assistant for the past 2 years. Amanda is someone who's passionate about political justice and is extremely interested in playing a bigger role in BYD. Her plan is to continue the growth and expansion to the BYD club by starting up a East NY chapter with district leader Nikki Lucas. Amanda is one of those people who simply loves helping out others and getting things done. Whether it's everyday administrative tasks, planning and executing events or marching and petitioning for local politicians she truly thrives in a fast-paced environment where everyone's voice is heard and treated as equals.
Treasurer Andrew Midgett
A proud, lifelong Democrat, Andrew was born and raised in southern Louisiana, with his family residing in one of the most conservative districts in the nation. Even in high school, Andrew often found himself mounting a solo defense of liberal and progressive ideals, an experience which has proven an invaluable not only in understanding contrasting viewpoints but also in standing his ground for what he believes is right. Andrew then attended the Louisiana State University Honors College, where he graduated in 2007 with degrees in Economics and Accounting. During his time at LSU, he served as the president of the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and he was also the liberal opinion columnist for the acclaimed LSU student newspaper, the Daily Reveille. Following his undergaduate studies, Andrew attended Harvard Law School, where, in addition to his coursework, he volunteered with the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project to represent Massachusetts inmates in disciplinary hearings. After completing his J.D. in 2010, Andrew moved to New York, where he is a licensed and practicing attorney to this day.