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.
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").
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.
David Chandler is a government attorney for the State of New York. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from SUNY New Paltz and his Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo School of Law. During law school, David served as Chief Student Defender, representing students facing administrative charges from the university. Upon being admitted to the New York State Bar, he worked as a criminal prosecutor in upstate New York, and now serves as ethics counsel for the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court. After the 2016 election, David decided to become involved in local politics to ensure that New York remains a bulwark against Trump’s harmful policies.
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.