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 same time, Wasserman was diagnosed with a speech impediment which deterred him from speaking openly in public for the majority of his life. His stutter and passion for helping others is part of the reason why he fights every day to give a voice to people who are struggling to make it. As a student Leader at Brooklyn College, Wasserman fought for racial equality, voting rights, affordable higher education, and clean energy resources as a NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Resource Group) campaign coordinator. He then went onto join the leadership of many civic organizations in Brooklyn where he’s helped elect many political candidates to the local, state and federal levels of government. Today, Wasserman is grateful to be a tenants rights activist and be a part of a team that is determined every single day to provide resources that uplift New York City’s low income communities. Whenever he is not busy helping underprivileged New Yorkers, John Wasserman makes it a priority to catch up on NY Sports and traveling the country.
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 works in Immigration Law as a Paralegal. She also serves on the Kings County Democratic Committee, and was previously the Treasurer for the Brooklyn Young Democrats. Christina also loves to cook, Asian and Mediterranean cuisines are her favorite, and she enjoys hosting potlucks for friends and family.
Paolo Cremidis is a 25 year old political activist who serves as our Northern Regional vice president. He lives in Bushwick and works in city government. He has spent multiple electoral cycles in competitive red to blue districts in places such as Mississippi, Montana, West Virginia, etc. In college Paolo worked on the campaigns of District Leader Nick Rizzo, Councilmember Antonio Reynoso, amongst others. Paolo believes in a 50 state strategy and a strategy to reach out to folks in our borough. He currently serves as the Rural Caucus Chair for New York State Young Democrats and is hoping to be re-elected this year. His favorite music genres are ska, punk, and indie, and when not in New York he enjoys spending time with his family and pugs on their land in upstate New York.
Debbie Pierre is a lifelong Brooklynite who has always had a passion for helping others in whatever capacity she can. She received her BS from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in Public Health Promotion. After returning home she was fortunate to gain employment with the CUNY system for a grant funded program that services public assistant recipients and aides them in successfully obtaining a degree. This work helped to cultivate her passion and led her to explore more opportunities to help within her community. She has an affinity for local politics as she believes that politics starts at the local level and it is very important to be knowledgeable about your community. She has had the opportunity to work on several campaigns throughout Brooklyn and successfully served as Deputy Campaign Manager on the PaulforJudge2015 judicial campaign. She hopes to bring her diverse background, quick assessment skills and overall positivity to BYD to make it one of the best democratic clubs within the state of New York.
Mariya Yudkevich Markh was born in the former Soviet Union and moved to Queens at the age of two. She moved to Southern Brooklyn in the third grade and has stayed there ever since. She graduated Edward R. Murrow High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College in Political Science and Journalism. She is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Elections and Campaign Management from Fordham University. She has worked on over 30 campaigns, from canvassing to being a campaign manager and currently works for the New York City Council for the last 7+ years. She is the Executive Director for the 41st AD Democrats Club and is affiliated with the Thomas Jefferson and Highway Democratic clubs in Southern Brooklyn.
Stephanie Campanha Wheaton is a first generation Brasilian American who hails from Pennsylvania. She became interested in politics during the ’08 Presidential election, when she handed out fliers for Obama and was told that “young people shouldn’t be involved in politics.” This statement followed her to Boston University, where she majored in Political Science and minored in History. At the time, she was a legal assistant in addition to holding several positions within her club sport team. After graduation, she moved to New York and started as a District Representative for a State Senator in Queens. This jumpstarted her commitment to politics and government and she joined the Queens County Young Democrats, where she served on the political committee and spent her short months as a member knocking doors and phone banking. She moved to Brooklyn in July of 2016 and eventually started working for the Public Advocate of the City of New York. She is committed to transparency in government, immigrant rights, and getting young people involved in politics. She serves as a translator for her church and resides in Park Slope with her husband.
Born and raised in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, Ekoyo Atkins is a seasoned campaign veteran and advocate for millennial engagement. She holds a B.A in Political Science from Hampton University and since graduating, Ekoyo has worked in all capacities for several campaigns on the local, state and national levels . In 2012, Ekoyo served as OFA Fellow, Terry McAuliffe fellow for VA Governor, volunteer and field coordinator for Diana Richardson for NYS Assembly and Termaine Wright for NYS Assembly. Recently, Ekoyo had the opportunity to serve as head of field operation and fundraising on the national level during the DNC Vice-Chair race at the Democratic Winter Conference. Ekoyo is passionate about community organizing and advocating on behalf of unions, criminal justice reform, financial literacy, affordable housing, voting rights, and Millennials. Outside of the political world, Ekoyo enjoys traveling as well as various mediums of art and music, including photography and attending music festivals.