SFYD will be holding elections for its 2014 Executive Board officers at the January 8 general meeting. The candidates have completed and submitted questionnaires, which you can download here. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
Office Sought: Treasurer
Is Incumbent: No
I am running because I can be an asset to SFYD and help lead it towards an even better year than the current one. My work as a marketing analyst at a tech startup requires me to be organized, diligent, and independent—all qualities desired in a treasurer. My experience with data analysis and spreadsheets will also be an asset while I fulfill the various duties associated with the position.
Office Sought: Internal Vice President
Is Incumbent: Yes
I am running for the position of Internal Vice President of the San Francisco Young Democrats because I want this club to continue to be an effective voice for young people in San Francisco. In my two years of involvement with this club, SFYD has advanced issues important to young people, supported young candidates seeking elected office, and promoted participation of young people in government. In my experience, the club has had such successes in advocacy by strategically building and organizing our membership.
The key to an effective advocacy group such as SFYD is effective organization of membership. This is largely the role of the Internal Vice President. As this club moves forward we have the opportunity to have an impact on key elections in San Francisco, from the AD 17 Assembly race, local school board elections, to ballot measures, our membership needs to be ready and willing to mobilize in support of our endorsed candidates and causes.
I have over three years experience in political organizing and conducting voter outreach. This experience overlaps with the role of Internal Vice President in two ways:
1) The IVP and an organizer must relish in the minutiae. Keeping clean lists of membership or potential volunteers are necessary for effective and efficient outreach.
2) The IVP and an organizer must understand how to recruit. Whether it be recruiting volunteers or bringing in and retaining new members, the person in this role should know how to relate to people, bring them in and mobilize them toward common goals.
I believe that the role of the Internal Vice President requires someone with the skills that I have developed over three years working professionally in political organizing.
Office Sought: Secretary
Is Incumbent: Yes
After a very fast-paced election cycle now over, I’m ready to continue serving as SFYD’s secretary.
Office Sought: External Vice President
Is Incumbent: No
As a new member of San Francisco Young Democrats this year, the memory of what it feels like to show up to a meeting without knowing anyone in the room well is not far off. I feel that the SFYD leadership was great at creating a welcoming environment and it wasn’t long before I felt like a member of not only our chapter, but also of the progressive community that our chapter has fostered. A significant portion of the External Vice President’s responsibilities involve building relationships with other organizations and recruiting individuals to join our club, I feel that a newer member of the club like myself can recruit new members from my networks outside of our chapter, and easily relate to those who maybe don’t feel as comfortable showing up to a meeting for the first few times. For example, I brought two new members to our Winter Gala, and made connections with many of the people in the room whom I had not met before. This is why I believe I am particularly qualified to fill the role of External Vice President for SFYD.
Office Sought: President
Is Incumbent: No
I am running for president because I am dedicated to advocating Democratic values and I want to help SFYD flourish as an organization. I recognize the potential that SFYD has to be bigger and better and I want to build on the work of the previous president.
I am qualified for this position because I have held leadership positions in political organizations at the local, state, and national level. I am currently the External VP for SFYD so I already know the inner workings of the organization, the leadership structure, and I have been one of the key voices in determining the future goals of SFYD. Additionally, I also serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for the California Young Democrats so I am also familiar with dealing with the statewide organization, which will help our chapter stay connected and utilize resources from CYD. Serving in an executive position is not new to me since I was elected to be the president of my university’s College Democrats chapter. This ain’t my first rodeo.
If you are interested in applying for an appointed position on the board, tell us about yourself by completing the board application by January 5. The new Executive board will hold interviews on January 9 and 10.