Officers

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President: Jacob Schwartz

Jacob was born and raised in the heart of Greenwich Village, and was involved in political organizing from a young age.  Some of his oldest memories are handing out leaflets for his father, as he campaigned for District Leader.  More recently, he helped start the New Democratic Alliance in New York City, and, in 2012, worked for the Obama campaign as a Field Organizer in the Lehigh Valley.   A graduate of Lehigh University with an M.S.in Energy Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Jacob currently works for the New York City Department of Design and Construction on their “Build It Back” Hurricane Sandy recovery and resiliency program.  He is also the founder and executive director of a climate education non-profit called Common Climate, and previously served as Issues Assembly and Policy Director for MYD.

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Vice President: Joshua Clennon

The son of a Jamaican immigrant, Joshua Albert Clennon was born and raised in New York City. After attending Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem, Joshua went on to graduate from Penn State University with a B.S. in Health Policy and Administration. The Republican backlash against President Obama’s historic Affordable Care Act sparked Joshua’s interest in politics. Upon graduation Joshua returned to Harlem where he served his community for six months in the office of fellow FDA alum, Congressman Charles Rangel. Joshua is the General Manager of Urban Management & Development Inc. (UMDI) where he helps the Housing Development Fund Corporation maintain affordability in Harlem. In addition, Joshua serves as a New York County Democratic Committee Member representing the 71st Assembly District and Treasurer of the Black Caucus of the Young Democrats of America.

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Treasurer: John Bartos

A lifelong New Yorker who can trace his political roots to when his parents met on Bella Abzug’s congressional campaign, John spent several years working for a New York State Senator before joining MYD in 2013 as Political Director.  He successfully ran the Open Seat Project that year, recruiting more than 80 people to serve on County Committee before being elected as Treasurer of MYD in 2014. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and an M.B.A from Fordham University.

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Secretary: Alecia McMahon

Alecia is a New York City transplant from Nebraska. Before moving to New York, she lived in Paraguay, South America while serving with the US Peace Corps as a Community Economic and Youth Development Volunteer. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Alecia served as the Program Director for a national youth leadership initiative, and worked with UN Women to help bring the HeForShe Campaign to Paraguay. In addition to her work with MYD, Alecia works as the New York Regional Volunteer and Events Coordinator for Upwardly Global, a national non-profit which helps skilled immigrants and refugees rebuild their professional careers.  Alecia previously served as Events Director of MYD.


Directors

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Political Director: Mohammed Alam

Mohammed is a graduate from The City College of New York, with a B.A. in Political Science. He helped establish and was President of the Roosevelt Institute there, and was elected Executive Vice President of the student body. Mohammed has previously worked for U.S Senator Gillibrand, U.S Congressman Rangel, and NYC Speaker Quinn. Mohammed has also worked in The White House, the NYS Attorney General’s Office, and the Center for American Progress. He is currently the External Affairs Manager at the Center for Court Innovation, which promotes new thinking about criminal justice reform. On a voluntary basis Mohammed also handles communications for West Harlem Dems. In addition, he is a campaign volunteer at Hillary for America, and a volunteer for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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Deputy Political Director: Christina Isnardi

Christina wants to connect our membership with the political arena. She brings to MYD a passion for advocating for fair pay and treatment for workers, especially interns. As a student at NYU, she negotiated with NYU officials to revamp its internship policies, now requiring employers to verify that their internship positions comply with U.S. Department of Labor guidelines. She also testified in front of the New York City Council Civil Rights Committee to extend protections against discrimination and harassment to unpaid interns, which Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law in April 2014. She is currently working with Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-NY) office to pass the Intern Protection Act (H.R. 2034)–federal legislation that would extend these same protections to interns.

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Policy Director: Allison Filler

Ally joined Manhattan Young Democrats in 2015 as a Member-at-Large. She was born in Manhattan, and after 15 years away, she is glad to be back! Ally’s interest in politics was piqued when a mayoral election in her home town resulted in a tie and the race was ultimately decided by flipping a coin. From that event, she learned first-hand that each and every voice or vote matters, and knew that she wanted to help spread that message to those around her. While earning a B.A. in Linguistics from McGill University in Montreal, Ally founded a chapter of Democrats Abroad that engaged the 2,000 American students on campus in political activities, including providing resources and support for absentee voter registration. In college, she also interned at Rock the Vote in Washington DC. Ally currently works as a Program Assistant at Project Sunshine.

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Deputy Policy Director: Andre Johnson

Raised in Brooklyn and a lifelong Democrat, Andre is a new member to MYD and looks forward to helping shape the organization’s policy platform for the current year. A self proclaimed policy nerd, he is one semester shy of completing a graduate program in public policy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In the past, Andre has interned at the offices of NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal and NYS Assemblyman Michael Blake. In the latter position, he steered a housing improvement project aimed at amending tenant conditions in over 30 of the district’s most dilapidated apartment buildings. More recently, he served as the sole Policy Intern for the Office of Chief of Staff at NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. His goal at MYD is to increase voter engagement and membership numbers by developing internal and external policy agendas that resonate with the concerns of county residents.

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Field Director: Austin Markford

Born and raised in the Sunshine State, Austin moved to the Empire State in 2014 from Vero Beach, FL. Raised in one of the most unpredictable swing states in the country and growing up watching Bush v. Gore it is no surprise that Austin became interested in civic engagement, public policy and organizing. A community organizer and organizing consultant by profession, he has had the opportunity to work in political, issue-based and community organizing on everything from housing and environmental issues to the sharing economy. Austin is also a member of the Young Democrats of America LQBTQA Caucus, the Planned Parenthood Activist Council of New York City and the United Nations Association of New York . Last year Austin attended the Young Democrats of America 2015 Convention in Los Angeles, California as a Delegate of behalf of the New York State Young Democrats.

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Membership Director: Quinn Pasloske

Hailing from the Texas, Quinn embodies some, but not all southern stereotypes. Friendly to a fault, loud as a corral full of cattle and lover of delicious BBQ, Quinn rebels against his roots by never wearing boots or large hats, generally disliking deep fried foods and being a staunch Democrat. Quinn moved to NYC to attend Fordham University, graduating with degrees in Economics and Sustainable business. He now uses these to finance Solar and Wind power plants across the United States and internationally at NRG Energy.

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Deputy Membership Director: Xavier Perez

Xavier is a NuyoRican, born and raised in East Harlem, who joined MYD with the aspiration of inspiring Latinos/as to become politically active. Xavier developed a passion for politics in 2014 when he did a dual internship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Office of Senator Gillibrand in Washington, DC During his time on Capitol Hill, he realized that there were not many people of color who held or worked in congressional offices. Upon this realization, he then understood the importance of civic engagement and building coalitions among multicultural partners. Prior to DC, he co-founded The BASE, a youth-led peer education sexual health program, in which he contributed to various campaigns, initiatives and events that educated and empowered young people. This year, Xavier hopes to utilize his experiences to develop more young Latino/a leaders within New York City.

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Programming Director: Asya Pikovsky

Asya moved to New York from Boston in 2011 and has been involved in local politics ever since, most recently as an associate at Marathon Strategies, a boutique political consulting firm, and as a researcher at the Citizens Budget Commission. She is a h4 believer that the more people know about their political system, the better it will be. To that end, she is thrilled to be running the Learning Labs program, which provides classes to let members learn more about government, campaigns, and organizing. Asya received her B.A. with Honors from Bowdoin College. She’s always looking for ideas for a new class and can often be found cooking in her free time.

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Events Director: Abhinav Chintakunta

Abhinav Chintakunta works as a Validation Consultant for Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in Long Island, NY. He previously worked as a Fundraising Intern for NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s re-election campaign, and was also an intern for the Bureau of Tax and Economic Analysis at the NYS Comptroller’s office. Abhinav graduated with a Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from the City College of New York. He served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for his college, through which he established merit-based scholarship programs for international and low-income students. Additionally, he was also the college Ambassador for promoting Bloomberg Aptitude Test designed by Bloomberg L.P.

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Finance Director: Brian Block

Brian is a new New York City resident and Penn State graduate with a passion for Italian food and his hometown, Philadelphia. Brian is currently pursuing an M.B.A. part-time at Fordham University, focusing on finance. Following campaign stints in New York, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, Brian lived in Washington, DC for three years working in government relations and financial services for the New York Stock Exchange. He currently works at the NYSE’s New York office for the company’s Boards of Directors.

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Communications Director: Grace Harman

Born and raised in New York around a politically inclined family, Grace is a recent member of MYD. Eager to jump in and get involved, Grace took on the role of Deputy Communications Director for MYD in mid-2015 and became an enthusiastic participant in the Open Seat Project. After graduating from Skidmore College in 2013 with a B.A. in English and International Affairs, with a minor in Government, Grace dove straight into New York politics. She first joined one of the Mayoral campaigns as a field organizer, and now works for U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney as Press Secretary. She also served as the Congresswoman’s Campaign Manager in 2014. Grace is an Executive Board Member of the Lexington Democratic Club, and a member of the Ansonia Democrats.

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Technical Director: Spencer McCormick

Spencer believes the decisions we make together are the most important. He is excited to participate by building MYD a new web site. Previously he studied Film/TV at NYU, bicycled 7000 kilometers across Africa, and lived on a sailboat in NY Harbor. He works from his tiny home as a web developer, adjacent to thirteen chickens, three stray cats, and twelve friendly humans.

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High School Liaison: Hannah Zimmerman

Hannah Zimmerman is a vocal major senior at LaGuardia High School. Hannah serves as the Director of High School Outreach for Team Bernie NY, as well as the co-chair of the New York State High School Democrats. Hannah founded and served as president of the national Bernie Sanders campaign endorsed organization “High Schoolers for Bernie” as well as directed high school outreach for the national Bernie Sanders campaign in the state of New York. Hannah has since transitioned the organization to one supporting leftist High School Students, entitled the “High School Progressives of America.” In summer 2016, Hannah served as a member of the Democratic National Convention’s credentials committee, making her the youngest member of the national delegation at sixteen years old.

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