Legal Director David Karopkin
David Karopkin, Esq. is a Brooklyn native and a dedicated community activist. Among other pursuits, David founded GooseWatch NYC in 2011 to advocate for humane wildlife management in New York City. After graduation from Brooklyn Law School in 2015, David served as a Councilmanic Aide for New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm, Legislative Director for New York State Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, and currently works as Assistant Law Clerk to the Hon. Justice Katherine A. Levine in the New York State Supreme Court.
Membership Director Julia Elmaleh-Sachs
Julia is excited to join the Brooklyn Young Democrats as Membership Director! Born and raised in the East Village of Manhattan (before it was trendy to live there), Julia made the big move across the East River to Brooklyn during her third year of law school in 2015 and has never looked back. Julia attended University of Maryland-College Park for her undergraduate degree and majored in Government and Politics. Her proximity to Washington, D.C. allowed her to pursue an internship at the White House in First Lady Michelle Obama's office. Julia was so inspired and impressed by the Obama Administration's dedication and genuine concern for the American people that she deferred law school for a year to work on President Obama's reelection campaign at headquarters in Chicago. During law school at Hofstra University, Julia interned at the Democratic National Committee in the Voting Rights Project during the devastating 2014 Midterm Elections. That election, as well as that-which-shall-not-be-named (2016), really highlighted for her how critical and underrated local elections are. As such, Julia is thrilled to be working with the Brooklyn Young Democrats to get more young Brooklynites excited and energized about state and local politicians! When she is not convincing her friends to canvass for progressive candidates instead of going to brunch at French Louie, Julia works as a staff attorney of the Juvenile Rights Practice at The Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn.
Communications Director Abraham Silberstein
Abe Silberstein was born and raised in the Madison neighborhood of Brooklyn. With a fading Kerry-Edwards sticker in his room as evidence, Abe has been a proud Democrat since fourth grade. Upon graduating from Hunter College in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science (with honors), Abe started submitting op-eds to newspapers and websites on various foreign policy issues. His work has since been published in the New York Times, The Forward, Ha'aretz, and The Jerusalem Post. After trying to pursue a life as a full-time writer in New York City, Abe began an internship at the World Jewish Congress and has remained in the political nonprofit world since. Abe is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Administration at New York University.
Jewish Caucus Chair Zachary Schaffer
Zachary Schaffer is an organizer, storyteller, and relationship-builder based in Brooklyn. As the founder and chair of The Brooklyn Young Democrats’ Jewish Caucus, he is working to advance Jewish support for Democratic values in the Brooklyn community and to educate elected officials on issues of concern to the local Jewish community. The mission of the Jewish Caucus is to identify, network, and empower the next generation of Brooklyn-based Jewish Democrats. From a young age Zachary’s parents kindled in him a commitment for justice and a concern for the most vulnerable among us. In his day job, he equips people to have more productive conversations about Israel rooted in inquiry, empathy, and humility. He also trains professionals in coalition-building and helps them to share advocacy narratives that instruct and inspire. He deeply cares about promoting civil dialogue across divides and reclaiming Zionism as a progressive cause. He is a Mid-Career Fellow at Gratz College pursuing his Master of Science in Nonprofit Management. In 2015 he was recognized as one of twenty emerging Jewish leaders in their twenties. He graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in Rhetoric and Political Science, and a certificate in Corporate/Community Relations.
Finance Director Julian Spector
A born and raised New Yorker, Julian Fox Spector originally got involved in politics working for Brooklyn's first African American District Attorney, Ken Thompson. After Thompson's tragic passing midway through his first term, Julian worked to ensure that the DA's legacy of meaningful criminal justice reform would be continued. He became one of the first hires on the campaign of Eric Gonzalez, Thompson's chosen successor. Gonzalez would go on to win over 50% of the vote in a crowded primary, becoming the first elected Latino District Attorney in New York State history. Julian is now proud to serve as New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's 2018 reelection Campaign Coordinator, a role he has held since February, 2017. A graduate of Wheaton College, MA, Julian is most likely to be found in his free time either checking his fantasy baseball team or coming up with new excuses for why he has yet to finish the biography of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Don't worry, he's close