Jazmin Kay


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Hey everyone! My name is Jazmin Kay and I am so honored to serve as your next president of GW College Democrats! Being an active part of Dems has been a cornerstone of my time at GW, and I cannot wait to do all I can do to make this organization more accessible and active than ever. During my three years in Dems, I was lucky to serve as your vice president of political affairs, co-campaign director during the 2016 election season, and as a member of freshman committee.

Originally from New York, I am currently a junior studying political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications. As a writer, you can read some of my work at The Huffington Post, MTV, Seventeen, The Nation, Generation Progress, U.S. Department of State, in addition to numerous other platforms. I previously served at The White House as an intern in the Office of Digital Strategy under President Obama. I have also interned and worked for places such as The Center for American Progress, The Women’s Campaign School at Yale, Feminist.com, Lake Research Partners, Youth Service America, DoSomething.org, the office of my local county executive and more.

Now more than ever, Dems must utilize our energy to catalyze real action and work as a Trump Resistance Hub for all students and help Democrats take back seats across the nation. As president, I hope Dems can work to be a home to all students. If you want to chat about anything, I would love always to hear from you, so please do not hesitate to reach out at president@gwcollegedemocrats.com. I am looking forward to an incredible, fun and action-filled year with you all and can’t wait to get started!

Aly Belknap

Executive Vice President

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Hi everyone! Welcome to the GW College Democrats website; there is a lot here to sift through that's more interesting than my bio, so I encourage you to take a tour. My name is Aly Belknap and I'm thrilled to serve as your executive vice president for our first full academic year under the Trump administration. Although this will not be a presidential or congressional election year, there are key races across the country that we must not lose sight of. Democrats need to win every seat possible at every level of government to begin meaningfully resisting the unacceptable policies that are coming from the Republican majority.

A little about me - I'm from Rochester, NY and I'm here at GW to study international affairs. I've interned for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Planned Parenthood and my local Democratic committee. I'll be a caseworker intern at the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission this summer, working under a federal judge to help federal employees take action when they are discriminated against. I've worked for CNN, the Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, and more restaurants than I can remember. Service is a huge part of my life; I volunteer once a week as a mentor for students who are impacted by incarceration.

I was a member of freshman committee when I first came to GW, and then moved on to serving as the vp of community service last year. College Democrats has become my home on campus, and this year, I hope it becomes your home too!

Alexandra dobre

Chief of Staff

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Hello everyone! I’m Alexandra Dobre and I am thrilled to be serving as your 2017-18 chief of staff. I am a rising sophomore majoring in economics and political science with a public policy focus. Last year, I had the pleasure of serving on College Democrats’ freshman committee and working alongside the executive team.

I hail from the great state of Iowa (despite popular belief, I was not raised on a farm) and am deeply passionate about issues such as women’s economic empowerment and mental health reform. Iowa consistently ranks in the bottom five of all states in every single category of mental health programs and services, and I hope that my involvement in public service now and in the future will help me make a tangible difference in those areas. I’m endlessly grateful to the opportunities that GW College Democrats has given me in my involvement in issues across the political spectrum.

When I am not at a Dems event or messaging people on Slack, I enjoy FaceTiming my cat (Myron), visiting museums, and watching political dramas. I am also an avid lover of the Oxford comma and make that a fact known to all.

Caitlin Berg

Vice President of Political Affairs

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Hi everyone! My name is Caitlin Berg and I am so excited to serve as your 2017-18 vice president of political affairs! I'm originally from Houston, Texas, but spent the past four years in Manhattan, New York! I'm a sophomore majoring in political science and minoring in history. I became interested in politics during the 2008 election while watching SNL sketches with my parents, and hope to one day write for The Onion or Clickhole.

I spent last year as the first deputy director of #FemDems, and before that worked for Hillary for America's finance team. I've also created and written on a body image and mental health blog and performed at the Second City in Chicago. Apart from GWCD, you can usually find me re-reading Harry Potter, tap dancing or eating popcorn.

Please feel free to reach out to me whenever! I am so excited for this year and to meet all of you!

Robert Dickson

Vice President of Communications

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Hello! My name is Robert Dickson and I am jazzed to serve as your vice president of communications for the 2017-18 school year.

I am a political communication major (cue #SMPAproud jokes) from the beautiful golden state. In addition to College Dems I am the editor-in-chief of the GW Justice Journal, an Eco Rep and a SUMMIT facilitator. I also sit on the executive board of the Pre-Law Student Association.

I am a big fan of dogs, California, coffee, travel and the absence of Oxford Commas.

I am thrilled to lead the communications department. We have a phenomenal team assisting us with every tweet, Dems Blog article, email and press release that is published. This year we are dedicated to reenergizing the Dems Blog, standardizing and modernizing the Dems visual look, introducing the Trump Resistance Report and prioritizing public relations.

Come by my office hours, send a tweet or shoot me an email with any questions you have!

Patrick Neuner

Vice President of Community Service

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Hey everyone! My name is Patrick Neuner and I am so excited to be your 2017-2018 vice president of community service. I am from Atlanta, Georgia and I am a sophomore studying international affairs and economics, with a minor in German. GW College Democrats was an integral part of my freshman year and I had the pleasure of serving on freshman committee. The countless memories I made on our campaign trips, at on-campus events and doing volunteer work made me realize that this is the organization for me.

Throughout my life, I’ve been passionate about serving my community. My experiences doing so have taught me that you have to be the change that you want to see. This year I want to take advantage of our resources, as the largest and most active chapter of College Democrats in the nation, to connect you with what you care about. I’d like to focus on direct action working on the same issues we fight for, but here in DC. To stay true to our progressive beliefs, we have to be vigilant in making sure our values aren’t trampled upon by the Republican government. And the way to do that is through hands-on work here in the city that we call home.

I’m also a big fan of Jimmy Carter, Chick-fil-A and social justice. If I’m not at a Dems event, you might find me watching House of Cards, eating in District Basement or mentoring in DC Public Schools. If you want to talk about community service or just about anything else, feel free to contact me. I am so excited to get to work with all of you this year!

Gabi Rossner

Vice President of Development

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Hi everybody! I’m so thrilled to be serving as your vice president of development for the 2017-18 school year. I’m a sophomore originally from the San Francisco Bay Area majoring in biological anthropology with a minor in mind and brain studies.

I had the honor of serving as freshman representative this past year, and being able to connect with the Dems community has been an incredible opportunity to get to know everyone. This year, I look forward to partnering with other departments and increasing Dems’ fiscal impact.

When I’m not at a Dems event, you can catch me working at the GW Medical School, watching archeology documentaries or sleeping. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or ideas, or just to chat about dismantling systems of oppression!

Monica Iskander

Vice President of Membership

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Hi everyone! My name is Monica Iskander and I am so excited to be serving as your vice president of membership for the 2017-18 school year. I am a sophomore from New Jersey (proudly) with a major in political science. Last year, I happily served as a part of the freshman committee, events committee and the membership team.

Besides GW Dems, I am involved with the Women's Leadership Network, serving as their undergraduate alliance. I also am an editor for the Undergraduate Law Review and Justice Journal, the two publications of the Pre-Law Student Association. Off campus, I interned for a Middle East Policy NGO doing gender inequality research and media analysis.

When I'm not in class or studying, you can find me in line at Chick-fil-A, reading at the steps of the Supreme Court, or expressing to someone the imperativeness of the Oxford comma. GW College Dems has been an integral part of my freshmen year, and through it I have met some of my closest friends and improved my political activism skills. I'm so excited to get started and have an awesome year!

Anika Raju

Programming Director

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Hi, my name is Anika Raju and I am thrilled to serve as your programming director for the 2017-18 school year! I’m from Mechanicsburg, PA and am majoring in international affairs and political science. This past year, I served as a member of the freshman committee and found my home at GW in Dems. This summer I will be interning back home with my senator, Bob Casey. Apart from my involvement in Dems, I also wrote for The Rival this past semester.

My goal for the 2017-18 school year is to create programming that will make us better advocates of the Democratic platform. I want to get people excited and mobilized by inviting speakers from diverse backgrounds who will inform and inspire us. I hope GW Dems’ programming this year will motivate us to take action on the issues we care about so that we can be the best Democrats we can be!  

If you have any questions or want to reach out to me to talk about ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Graham Steinberg

Campaigns Director

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Hello, my name is Graham Steinberg and I am so excited to be your campaign director! I was raised in Stamford, CT and am currently a sophomore majoring in political science. I grew up living above my family’s toy store which is what inspired me to get into politics.  It was this experience of growing up in a small business environment which taught me that the Democrats were truly the party of the people.

My campaign experience includes working for the Bernie Sanders campaign in the 2016 election (and I’ll forever feel the Bern!) and also advocating for new infrastructure and revitalization programs in my hometown. I am also a researcher in issues related to gerrymandering and have written several papers on the topic.

Joining Dems was by far the best decision I made since arriving at George Washington University. I have had the opportunities to campaign for Hillary Clinton in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, organize a phone bank for 20 congressional candidates, co-author the official 2018 strategy for our club (check it out here: www.gwcollegedemocrats.com/blog/strategyguide) and host “The State of the Midwest” panel to discuss campaign strategy with members of Congress.

The 2018 midterm elections are just around the corner and it’s never too early to get started. Over the next year I promise to work extensively to get Democrats elected up and down the ballot and I look forward to working with all of you to make that happen!

Sarra Navab

Multicultural Director

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Hi everyone! My name is Saara Navab and I am thrilled to serve as your multicultural director. I am a first generation Iranian-American from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am majoring in political science with a minor in English at Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. When not involved at Dems you can find me writing opinion columns for the GW Hatchet.

My goal for the upcoming school year is to make Dems a more welcoming place for GW students. I will do everything I can to make sure that everyone at GW feels safe and supported in Dems and on campus. I am so excited to bring many new initiatives in making Dems an open place for everyone.  It's important to me that GW students feel that the Democratic Party is a place where they can raise issues and concerns and I believe as the largest student organization on campus, Dems can provide a space where all are welcome.

Emily Recko

Graphics and Digital Director

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Hi everyone! My name is Emily Recko, and I will be serving as graphics and digital director for the 2017-18 year. I am a sophomore majoring in graphic design at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, and I am originally from Stow, Massachusetts. In addition to being graphics and digital director, I am a staff designer for the GW Hatchet and a freelance designer, and I have worked as a designer for the Dems Blog. My love for politics started when my mom took me to a march to raise awareness about global warming (I got to carry a really cool banner my mom and I made). I have always been interested in art and design, and I believe both are important to the political process. As we have seen in the Women’s March on Washington, and other demonstrations, art is a vital tool of resistance in the Trump era. I look forward to combine my two passions of art and politics in the role of graphics and digital director this coming year.

James Harnett

Finance Director

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Hello everyone! I’m from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey — just outside of New York City. I’m studying computer science and political science.

I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this family. To me, being a Democrat means believing the American dream should be open to everyone. The last few summers, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have worked for Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign in Iowa, and at the U.S. Department of Education. As Finance Director, it’s my mission to empower you to do what you love. Events and speakers who expand our perspectives serve as invaluable tools for growing our minds.

I want to hear your ideas. Please stop by my office hours, I’m probably lonely up in that office (Marvin 422).

Olivia Parker

Events and Social Director

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Hi! My name is Olivia Parker and I am so excited to be serving as your events and social director for the year! I am a sophomore from Carmel, Indiana and I am majoring in international affairs with a concentration in international environmental science and conflict resolution and minoring in political science. I served on freshman committee and I can’t wait to serve on e-board this year.

This summer I am interning at the Indiana Democratic Party to help prep for upcoming campaigns and voter registration. My goals for this year in Dems is to create an all-inclusive, fun and inspiring atmosphere for Dems through the many events we have planned! Feel free to reach out with questions, suggestions or if you just want to talk! I can’t wait to meet all of you and have a great year!