Officers

The California Young Democrats is an all-volunteer run political organization operated by an elected board of directors with the support of many appointed leaders. Below you will find CYD’s officers for the 2016-2017 term. Officers are elected at our annual statewide convention and serve a term of one or two years, depending on the office held.

At-Large

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President

Eddie Kirby is the elected President of the California Young Democrats. Additionally, he is the Statewide Political Organizer for the California Faculty Association (CFA) representing more than 27,000 faculty members across the California State University system.

Eddie has over a decade of experience in California Democratic politics: he got his start during his freshman year of high school through the Young Democrats and has since moved on to serve dozens of state legislators in various capacities before joining CFA.

For more than six years, Eddie was part of Dan Weitzman’s fundraising team, where he tracked and collected millions of dollars in contributions and helped plan and execute some of the largest fundraisers in California. In 2011, he left Weitzman’s shop to serve as Dr. Richard Pan’s Assembly and Senate Deputy District Director and Volunteer Field Coordinator helping to build a healthier Sacramento through community organizing. In 2015, Eddie served Assemblyman Mike Gatto as his Deputy District Director and Senate Campaign Manager before joining CFA’s Government Relations team.

Eddie has served as a local Young Democrat chapter leader at all levels from high school, college and young professional throuhgout his time being involved with CYD. As President of the Mira Loma High School Young Democrats, he helped grow the club to be the largest high school Democratic club in the nation with over 300 members at its peak. That year the chapter was recognized as the CYD High School Young Democrats Chapter of the Year.

In 2007, while serving as President of the Sacramento State College Democrats he was elected to serve as the California College Democrats Vice President of Membership where he developed and implemented an aggressive campus outreach plan which resulted in numerous new college chapters being established throughout the State.

In 2009, he was appointed as Chair of that year’s CYD Lake Tahoe Retreat, which was the largest and most successful Tahoe Retreat in the history of the organization and became a model for all future Tahoe Retreats. On the final day of that Retreat he was elected to fill a vacancy as CYD’s Vice President of Finance in which he served in that capacity through 2011.

In 2010, Eddie envisioned, wrote and ran one of the most successful campaigns in the history of the Young Democrats of America, the 2010 Young Voter Revolution campaign. That campaign helped produce the only Republican-to-Democrat seat-flip in the nation that year electing Dr. Richard Pan to represent California’s 5th Assembly District. With Eddie’s leadership, the campaign was financed with more than $70k, employed 13 full-time paid staff members and resulted in over 3,000 low-propensity young Democrats voting in that very closely contested election.

For his efforts, Eddie was awarded both the 2010 CYD Project of the Year as well as the 2010 CYD Outstanding Leader award at the 2011 Democratic Convention in Sacramento.

At the beginning of 2015 Eddie was appointed to again serve as the CYD Tahoe Retreat Chair. The retreat was a success with hundreds of Young Democrats coming from across California to participate in numerous trainings, team building exercises and fun events which Eddie planned throughout the year. Eddie raised nearly $30k at the 2015 retreat to help pay down over half of the debt CYD had on its balance sheets. For that hard work, at CYD’s 2016 State Convention, Eddie was presented with CYD’s Man of the Year award before being formally elected President.

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Vice President of Membership

Sean M. Rivas is the State Vice President of Membership. He previously served as the CYD Los Angeles Regional Director and the CYD Latino Caucus Chair. Sean’s roles help him represent the 14 Los Angeles based young democratic chapters and young Latino democratic members throughout the state. He/she is a member of San Fernando Valley Young Democrats and the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley; he has served as the Corresponding Secretary for Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, and has worked to bring more young democrats onto the board.  Since being elected in the summer of 2014 as the Los Angeles Region Director, Sean has worked with the numerous chapters in the region to forge partnerships that have allowed the region to grow and work together in an effort to make an impact in all elections. Also, in 2014 when he was elected as the Chair of the CYD Latino Caucus Sean made it a personal goal to create the most active caucus the California Young Democrats have seen to date. All of his efforts to build relationships region wide has not only allowed him to expand his relationships, but has continued to grow to what is now a state wide relationship with many of his fellow officers.  Feel free to communicate with him via email at sean@cayoungdems.com.

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Vice President of Finance

Dyana Delfín-Polk is a native of Merced, California but has proudly called the Bay Area home for over 9 years. Dyana holds a BA in American History and Chicano/a Studies from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!) and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Mills College. She was appointed to the Community Environmental Advisory Commission for the City of Berkeley in 2014 and serves as the Vice President of Finance for the Latinx Young Democrats of the East Bay. Dyana is excited to serve as CYD’s Vice President of Finance. She previously served as the CYD Bay Area Regional Director.

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Vice President of Operations

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy is a Non-Profit and Political Resource Development Manager, award winning former journalist, activist and veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has nearly a decade of combined military and community service.

In 2008, Will was honorably discharged from the military under the discriminative “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. He made international headlines in his fight against the policy specifically being amongst the first to attempt to reenlist when it was ruled unconstitutional in 2010.

Since then he has been active in local politics. Amongst his awards he was named Veteran of the Year for the 77th Assembly District in 2009, he was voted Outstanding Community Activist at the Nicky Awards in 2011, received a San Diego Press Club award for his coverage of government and politics in a non-daily newspaper, San Diego LGBT Weekly and was inducted into the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Benjamin Dillingham and Bridget Wilson Veteran’s Wall of Honor in 2013.

Will is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Young Professional Council’s leadership academy, a program of the San Diego LGBT Community Center and is currently a communications major.

Will served on the board of directors of San Diego LGBT Pride from 2010 to 2013 and as an officer of the board from 2011-2013.

He currently serves as President for of the San Diego Democrats for Equality, as Vice President of Operations of the California Young Democrats, as an a member of the San Diego Police Chief’s Advisory Council, and as a member of the California Democratic Party Platform Committee.

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Secretary

Xochitl was elected CYD’s State Secretary at the 2017 CYD Convention in Sacramento. She is the immediate Past-President of the California College Democrats (CCD) and studied Political Science and Communications at California State University, Northridge. She also previously served as the Communications Director and the Southern California Regional Director for CCD.

Xochitl hopes to one day run her own political consulting firm.

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Political Director
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National Committeewoman

Carrie McFadden was born and raised in a union household in Santa Cruz, California. Her interest in politics was cultivated during the lead up to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, during which she participated in multiple protests on her high school campus. She attended Cabrillo College and then transferred to UCLA, becoming the first person in her family to attend a four-year university. A Political Science major, she was the first transfer student to be elected President of the Bruin Democrats, and also spent her time involved in student government.

Since graduating college in 2010, Carrie has worked on various local, state, and federal campaigns throughout the state of California before moving to San Francisco in early 2015. She currently works as the Senior Political Compliance Specialist at a boutique law firm, serving as a treasurer and compliance officer for various candidate campaigns, independent expenditures, PACs, lobbyists, and non-profit organizations.

She has been an elected board member of CYD since 2010, as Secretary, Political Director, and now National Committeewoman since spring 2015. As one of California’s two representatives to the Young Democrats of America, she attends national events in order to ensure that California’s voice is heard at the national level, and that YDA resources are brought back home to the Golden State. She was appointed in late 2015 to serve as YDA Site Selection Chair, where she is tasked with reviewing bids put forth by cities and states for all YDA meetings and conventions. In her (little) free time, she enjoys pub trivia, hiking, and watching sloth videos.

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National Committeeman

Igor Tregub is an experienced housing, environmental justice, and labor advocate passionate about bringing diverse voices into the fold of the organizations he is a part of. Prior to becoming CYD National Committeeman, he served as the CYD VP of Membership, Bay Area Regional Director, and Resolutions Chair and continues to co-chair the CYD Environmental Caucus, which he co-founded. Igor is also the Young Democrats of America Parliamentarian, Labor Caucus officer, and immediate past Pacific Region Director.

His service to the Democratic Party also includes work as Immediate Past President of the East Bay Young Democrats, Delegate and Legislation Committee Member of the California Democratic Party (subject to reappointment by new CDP leadership), and Treasurer of the CDP Environmental Caucus. He is an Alternate Member on the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, member of its Resolutions Committee, and represents it as an E-Board Representative to the CDP.

In his local community, Igor serves as an elected Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Commissioner, chairs the Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board, Berkeley Housing Advisory Commission, and the 35,000-member Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter and is on the Advisory Board of New Leaders Council – Oakland.

Professionally, Igor is a safety specialist and engineer with the U.S. government and has completed safety and nuclear nonproliferation assignments in California, Nevada, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Central Asia. Igor is the cofounder and principal at Tregub and Associates Consulting, a boutique firm specializing in political campaigns and land use and enjoying a 75% win ratio for local and countywide races.

Igor is a recipient of the 2015 Assembly Certificate for being a founding member of the Black Young Democrats of the East Bay, the 2012 California Young Democrats Officer of the Year Award, the 2012 Cal Berkeley Democrats Alumnus of the Year Award, and a 2011 Certificate of Congressional Recognition by Rep. Barbara Lee for hosting the Berkeley Foreclosure Prevention and Resources Workshop.

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Communications Director
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Immediate Past President

Gabe Kearney has been a member of the CYD Executive Committee since 2008. He is currently the Immediate Past President. He has held the office of President, Parliamentarian, and Chair of the LGBT Caucus.

Having lived in Petaluma since childhood, Gabe has a strong passion for all things Petaluma, and Sonoma County. He was appointed to the Petaluma City Council in March 2011, and was elected to a full four-year term in November of 2012. When not tending his duties as a Council member, Gabe works for the Burning Man organization overseeing Safety for the annual Burning Man event in Nevada.

After graduating from Casa Grande High School, Gabe completed his paramedic training at Mendocino College and studied Healthcare Administration at the University of San Francisco. Prior to being on the Petaluma City Council he worked in radio and was the co-host of the morning show on what is now Y100.9 in Santa Rosa.

In his free time Gabe enjoys spending time with his dog Brick, and watching sporting events.

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California High School Democrats (CHSD)

Regional Directors

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North State
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North Coast

Max Perrey serves as the CYD North Coast Regional Director.

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Bay Area

David Kornahrens serves as the CYD Bay Area Regional Director.

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North Central Valley

Jason Serang serves as the CYD North Central Valley Regional Director.

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Central Coast

Elijah serves as CYD Central Coast Regional Director.

Tyler Maxwell
South Central Valley

Tyler serves as the CYD South Central Valley Regional Director.

Elizabeth Alcantar
Los Angeles

Elizabeth Alcantar serves as the CYD Los Angeles Regional Director.

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Orange County & Inland Empire

Giovanni Chavez is the Regional Director for Orange County and the Inland Empire.

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South State

Jennifer Sosa received her BA in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, where she was an active member of the College Democrats at UC San Diego. There she spent her undergraduate career fighting for equal access to higher education and retention of historically underrepresented students through her work with Associated Students-Office of Local Affairs. Upon graduating, Jennifer has consistently made strides in strengthening the foundation of the California Young Democrats. She has established networks of new Young Democrats, many of whom she has mentored and helped cement the success of their chapters throughout San Diego. She is also an elected board member of the San Diego County Young Democrats as their Communications Chair. In 2014, while working with the California Democratic Party, she was instrumental in re-election of Congressman Scott Peters in a district that has proven to be a contentious region for Democrats. Soon after, she managed and helped get elected more Democrats in Los Angeles County on the Mayoral to City Council level. Her proactive presence within the Young Democrats encompasses to further strengthen and deepen a presence of the progressive ideas Democrats have always been fighting for and will continue to do. Jennifer continues to work campaigns in Greater San Diego.