Growing up in the Bronx, Malik learned early the grit and bravado it takes to survive poverty and struggle. This made the occasional trip to Manhattan, and in particular Harlem, a rare luxury. Harlem and Uptown was this vibrant and dynamic place, almost out of a movie. The people and the prestige evoked a sense of aspiration, which Malik could never quite shake. From the Bronx, Malik attended Colgate University, where he studied Political Science and Theater. After graduation, he jumped right on the trail for the Andy King, Bill Thompson, and Bill De Blasio campaigns. This led him to join NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's Office on his recruitment team rising to the role of Deputy Director of Operations for Recruitment. By this time, he had finally made Manhattan his home and became an active member of the Uptown community. Malik currently serving in the De Blasio administration as Manager of Talent Acquisition for NYC Housing Preservation & Development (HPD). The consummate people person and strategist, Malik will brings years of experience to MYD, where his top priority will be amplifying and empowering the voices of diverse communities and attracting them to the great works of MYD.
Born and raised in New York City, Jamie grew up with NY politics. He remembers attending events at a young age and exchanging lines with some of the city’s and state’s most iconic public servants as his father threw events for statesmen such as the late Governor Mario Cuomo, Congressman Joseph Crowley, Congressman Gregory Meeks, and many others. In 2012, Jamie moved to the Financial District in Manhattan to attend Pace University for his bachelor’s degree. During his time in Manhattan, Jamie joined the Downtown Independent Democratic Club, in which he currently serves on the Executive Committee, as well as the Tilden Democratic Club. He spent the summer of 2014 in Queens to work on John Liu’s campaign for NY State Senate. In 2015, he recruited several candidates to run for NY County Committee to represent the 65th AD where he was then appointed to the County himself by a local District Leader. Upon graduating from Pace University with a BBA majoring in finance/minoring in economics in 2016, Jamie joined his family’s private equity investment firm, International Finance & Development Corp., as a Managing Director.
Chief of Staff & Legal Director
Kyle has focused his life on advocating, educating, and building consensus. A St. John’s University and Thomas Jefferson School of Law graduate, he honed his legal skills in the areas of family and administrative law, public policy, and politics. During this time Kyle served as Attorney General of the National Black Law Students Association, leading NBLSA’s advocacy initiatives. He organized a lobby day to urge Congress to support enhanced prosecution of hate crimes—resulting in the signing of legislation by President Obama. As AG, Kyle also successfully led the effort to amend NBLSA’s constitution, broadening their anti-discrimination policies to cover disability and sexual orientation. Kyle has served as a paralegal professor, Legal Volunteer at Hillary for America, and judge for youth debates. His professional experiences include work in legislative, judicial, and city government. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus.
Mohammed is a graduate of the Colin Powell School at The City College of New York, with a B.A. in Political Science. He helped establish and was President of the Roosevelt Institute Chapter, 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 Council Speaker Quinn. Mohammed has also worked in The White House, the New York Attorney General’s Office, and the Center for American Progress. On a voluntary basis, Mohammed served as an Organizer and a Finance Council Member with Hillary for America, is a New Leaders Fellow at the Carnegie Council, and is the Committeemen for the New York State Young Democrats.
Advocacy & Organizing Director
Edgar is a graduate of Columbia University where he obtained his Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Social Work. Originally from Northern California, Edgar’s passion for politics and policy stem from the historic events of the 2008 election cycle, when President Obama became the nation’s first Black president and California’s anti-LGBT Proposition 8 passed. Since then, Edgar has focused his efforts on promoting social equity and combating economic inequality. He is a former Congressional Hispanic Caucus Fellow where he interned in the office of Secretary Hilda Solis’s at the Department of Labor in Washington D.C. After DC, Edgar worked as a community organizer in Miami, Florida for President Obama’s successful 2012 reelection campaign. In 2013, he joined the Human Rights Campaign as a volunteer and was awarded the Volunteer Impact Award for his work with the LGBT community in the Bay Area. Since then, Edgar worked for two years at the New York City Economic Development Corporation within the Strategic Investment Group and is currently an Associate in Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Along with being a member of the Manhattan Young Democrats, Edgar also holds positons on the New York State Young Democrats Board, Young Democrats of America LGBT Caucus and is a former community Board #9 member, representing West Harlem. Edgar looks forward to continue to make New York City the most progressive and forward thinking city in the country!
Membership & Outreach Director
Caileigh comes from an artistic and politically-minded family, and has been active in public service and politics from a young age. After graduating high school in the top 5% of her class, she earned her B.F.A. in Acting at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy. After college, she co-founded the 501(c)3 non-profit IBG Inc., an organization that connected high profile entertainers with underfunded causes and micro-charities. When she is not on stage or in front of the camera, Caileigh can be found volunteering her time with a variety of organizations, including Broadway Cares, Actors Fund, New York Cares and GallopNYC. Caileigh also works as a teaching artist, bringing the arts to New York City’s public school children, and is developing a new 501(c)4.
College & University Liaison
Ryan Trumbauer is a sophomore at New York University, majoring in Politics with a minor in Metropolitan Studies. Ryan was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, grew up in Lexington, South Carolina, but is beginning to call New York City his second home. His interests in politics began the day he learned to read. Ryan is an active member of the Model United Nations and serves as the Treasurer for NYU College Democrats. Outside of NYU, Ryan also serves as the New York City Region Chair for College Democrats of New York. Ryan believes in fighting for all Americans despite their socioeconomic status or background. Democracy only works when all of its citizens can engage in the process.
High School Liaison