President John Wasserman
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, John Wasserman found his passion for public service when he was just five years old working for his mother's campaign for city council. At around the time his mother was running for office, Wasserman was diagnosed with a speech impediment which has deterred him from speaking openly in public for the majority of his life. Wasserman overcame his lifelong struggle to follow his passions for helping others. Today, he gives a voice to support the voiceless in our communities. As a student leader at Brooklyn College, Wasserman fought for racial equality, voting rights, affordable higher education, and clean energy resources as a New York Public Interest Resource Group campaign coordinator. He then went on to join the leadership of many civic organizations in Brooklyn where he’s helped elect many progressive political candidates to the local, state and federal levels of government. After College, Wasserman became a tenants rights specialist with the City of New York, where he worked hard every single day to provide legal resources to New York City’s low income communities. For his work helping undeserved communities, Wasserman received the Beacon of Hope Award from the East New York United Concerned Citizens non-profit organization and has received citations from Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott M. Stringer for his public service. Whenever he is not busy assisting New Yorkers, John Wasserman is either catching up on NY Sports or traveling the country.
Executive Vice-President Christina Das
Christina Das is proud first generation Indian American and Brooklynite. She brings to BYD a passion for the local politics with a focus on social justice issues and years of advocating for minority groups. She discovered that grassroots organizing was the best vehicle to cause change while door-knocking throughout Western Pennsylvania as a Organizing Fellow for President Obama's 2012 race. A 2014 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Christina made sure her voice was heard not only in the classroom but also throughout campus as Political Action Director of the Pennsylvania College Democrats and nationally through Women for Women. Along with her repertoire of leading young democrats, Christina has a breadth of experience in campaign finance during her tenure as Deputy Finance Director of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee in Pennsylvania. Presently, Christina is a law student at the CUNY School of Law where she is training to be a legal advocate on behalf of marginalized communities. She also serves on the Kings County Democratic Committee as a committee member and Judicial Alternate for the 42nd Assembly District. In her free time, Christina loves to cook and enjoys hosting potlucks for friends and family.
Southern Region Vice-President Zunera Ahmed
Zunera Ahmed is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, New York. She is a student at Brooklyn College with a major in Psychology. She is active in student life and a lead researcher in multiple research studies. Passionate about advocacy, Zunera began to work with various CUNY groups to lobby for higher education funding. Zunera saw the need for diverse leadership in government and works with IGNITE, a national organization training college women to run for office. Zunera serves as the Southern Regional Vice President, where she hopes to continue the advancement of the democratic platform. In her free time, Zunera spends time with her family and tackles her long reading list
Central Regional Vice-President Keshia L. Adams
Keshia Adams was born in Guyana and has spent most of her adult life in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 9 years old, Keshia found that here life's purpose was helping people while she assisted her Aunt Elizabeth with charitable givings. After witnessing the hardships her fellow Guyanese and Brooklynites were facing, Keshia started her own nonprofit organization Lifting You For Tomorrow’s Success (L.Y.F.T.S). LYFTS has supported undeserved communities in Guyana and Brooklyn since 2014. For her leadership, Keshia received the rising star of 2017 award from Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and has received 6 in total Citations and Certifications of Merit from NY elected officials for her dedication to community service. In addition to her volunteerism, Adams serves as the Criminal Justice coordinator at Help USA, which provides services to homeless individuals and incarcerated individuals that are looking for a second chance at life . Keshia is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy and Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice at John Jay College. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Berkeley College in 2014.
Northern Regional Vice-President STEVE FOX
Steve Fox is a New York State native and has called Bed-Stuy home for 7 years. He has a long history of political organizing, engagement, and general rabble rousing across the USA, having organized various campaigns in 10 states. He holds a Bachelors in applied policy and a Masters of Public Administration, both from the University of Delaware. In his professional life, he consults growing businesses on issues of green energy and engagement. In his free time, Steve enjoys going to concerts, riding his bike to Brighton Beach, and searching for the best slice of pizza in NYC.
Treasurer Jolevette Mitchell
Jolevette is a Compliance Associate at Gemini, a digital asset trading company. Prior to that, she was an Excelsior Fellow with the New York State Department of Financial Services in the Anti-Money Laundering/Bank Secrecy Act division reviewing bank examinations.As part of the Excelsior Fellowship program, Jolevette also served for one year at the New York State Division of Human Rights performing re-hearing conferences for discrimination claims. From 2010-2013, sheI worked in the legal and compliance departments of Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and J.P. Morgan, where she performed due diligence as part of the AML/ KYC programs.Jolevette graduated from Touro Law Center in 2016 and Saint Peter’s University in 2009. She isadmitted to practice law in New York, in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Business Law Section, where she serves on the Securities Committee. Jovelette is also a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law section, on the Banking Law and Securities committees. In her free time, Jovelette is a Music Ambassador volunteer at Carnegie Hall and a volunteer attorney with the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Secretary Julia Elmaleh-Sachs
Julia is excited to join the Brooklyn Young Democrats as Secretary! 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.