Intro

SFYD was founded in 1947 by Phil Burton, Dr Carlton B. Goodlett and others to be a political group for young democrats that work or live in San Francisco. It was created to serve two goals: to bring young people into politics and to represent the interests of young people.

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The Board

 
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The Elected Board

All officers are elected annually at the December membership meeting of the San Francisco Young Democrats. Elected officers include two Co-Presidents, the Vice President, the Treasurer, and the Secretary.

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Co-President

Luis A. Zamora

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Co-President

Whit Bastian

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Vice President

Kristen Janson

 
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Treasurer

Alex Barret-Shorter

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Secretary

Ryan O’Connor

 

The Appointed Board

All appointed board members are selected by the elected officers in order to carry out committee assignments and amplify the collective goals of the board as a whole.


 

Programs

Events Co-Chair: Karissa Barnett
Events Co-chair: Kara Zarkades
Leadership Chair: Ryan Khojasteh
Committee Member: Paul Caldéron
Committee Member: Dana Drusinsky
Committee Member: Niloy Mukherjee
Committee Member: Anthony Suh

Issues & Actions

Co-Chair: Mitch Enfinger
Co-Chair: Dana Rollison
Committee Member: Natalie Gee
Committee Member: Steven Lee
Committee Member: Ryan McGilley

 

 

Membership

Co-Chair: Liam McLaughlin
Co-Chair: Vacant
Committee Member: Chase Adams
Committee Member: Dan Weiss
Committee Member: Zhihan “Han” Zou

Communications

Chair: Francesca Gallardo
Committee Member: Lydia Cho
Committee Member: Tad Hopp

 

 

Rules

Chair: A.J. Thomas

 

Notable Past Presidents

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PHIL BURTON

Served as a CA State Assemblyman (1957-1964) and US Congressman (1964 - 1983) for San Francisco. Phil Burton was one of the first members of Congress to acknowledge the need for AIDS research and introduce an AIDS bill. He was instrumental in creating the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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Dr. CARLTON B. GOODLETT

A civil rights maverick, champion for international peace, doctor of medicine and publisher of several African American newspapers. He led local protests for civil rights, fostered the careers of numerous influential politicians, shepherded young proteges into the field of medicine, counseled U.S. presidents -- including John F. Kennedy -- and received head-of-state receptions around the world for his quest for international peace.

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JOHN BURTON

Former chairman of the California Democratic Party and former CA State Assemblyman, US Congressman and CA State Senator. When John Burton retired from the State Senate, the California Journal reported “Gone will be the Senate's most vehement partisan for social services for the poor, the Senate's angriest voice against tax breaks for businesses and the wealthy, its loudest voice for protection of workers, its fiercest pro-labor advocate and its disciplinarian."

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Willie Brown Jr

Served more than 30 years in the CA State Assembly (spending 15 years as its speaker) and later served as the 41st mayor of San Francisco. He was CA’s first African American Speaker of the Assembly and the first African American mayor of SF. During his time as Speaker, the New York Times called him “one of the country’s most powerful state legislators.” He authored and lobbied the successful passing of the bill that legalized homosexuality in California. His tenure as mayor was marked by significant increase in real estate development, public works, city beautification, and other large-scale city projects.

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REbecca prozan

The Chief of Public Policy & Government Affairs at Google and former SF assistant DA and head of the DA’s Community Relations Division, where she spearheaded the Neighborhood Prosecution program that allowed offenders to serve the community instead of going to the courtroom. She serves on SF’s Democratic County Central Committee.

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max szabo

Communications & Legislative Affairs Manager for the SF District Attorney’s Office

 
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Prominent Current/Involved Members

  • Alex Randolph, Shanell Williams and Tom Temprano, CCSF Board of Trustees

  • Matt Haney, SF Board of Supervisors

  • Paul Monge, UC Board of Regents


affiliations

  • CA Young Democrats

  • Young Democrats of America

  • Chartered by the SF Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC)