Ed O'Brien Ed is a Senior at Lafayette College in Easton, majoring in Policy Studies with a concentration in Economic & Homeland Security Policy, while additionally minoring in Math. In addition to serving as the President of PACD, Ed also serves as the President of his College Democrats chapter at Lafayette and works as the National Chartering Director for the College Democrats of America. He has been active in Democratic politics for quite some time, even serving as a County Committeeman for his home area of Jefferson Township, NJ, managing a campaign for Morris County Freeholder and volunteering for many others in PA and NJ. In 2012, he represented NJ and was one of the youngest Delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, and is ready to help other PA College Democrats get excited for helping to host the 2016 Convention in Philadelphia.
Central VP firstname.lastname@example.org
Luke Frigon Luke is a Sophomore at Gettysburg College majoring in History with a focus on the American Civil War. He is also minoring in Political Science and Business. In addition to serving as Central Vice President for PACD, Luke is an executive board member on the Gettysburg College Democrats, a member of the Student Conduct Review Board at the college and is a Resident Assistant. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Luke has lived in Pennsylvania with his family since 2005. His interest in politics began in middle school, and he has worked on many local campaigns since then. He has worked with PA State Senators Sean D. Wiley and Richard Alloway, and has accepted a staff position in Senator Wiley's District Office during summer 2015.
Political Affairs Director KC831704@wcupa.edu
Kevin Carson Kevin is a Sophomore at West Chester University, and is studying Applied Public Policy. In addition to the role as the State Political Director, Kevin is President of the West Chester University College Democrats. He is a native of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. His interest in politics began the summer before his junior year of high school, when President Obama was running against Mitt Romney. Kevin worked on his first campaign in the summer of 2012, and had the opportunity to meet Vice President Joe Biden. After being exposed to working on campaigns, Kevin was inspired to study political science at West Chester University. In his first semester, he worked as an intern for the Manan Trivedi campaign for Congress. Now that he has been elected as Political Director, Kevin is ready to build a strong network among the College Democrats chapters across the state. His main goal is to increase the voter turnout among college students, and encouraging fellow Democrats to get to the polls for every upcoming election!
Finance Director email@example.com
Grant Lincoln Grant is a Senior at Villanova University majoring in Economics and Political Science while minoring in Mathematics. In addition to serving as Finance Director for PACD, Grant is the founder and President of Villanova College Democrats and an Executive Board member for Villanova Political Awareness Club. Originally from a small farm town outside of Erie, Pennsylvania, Grant has grown up across the wide range of communities this great state offers. His interest in politics began as young boy in 2000. While following the election results on his U.S.A. placemat, he furrowed his brow and said, “they’re cheating, mommy,” as Florida dragged through the night. During the fall of 2012, Grant’s political stances where honed when faced with the conservative majority of his Villanova classmates. Over the past year, he has been thrilled to work across all the avenues of political theatre: on a campaign with the Chuck Hadley State House Race, in a non-profit PAC with Philadelphia 3.0 to engage youth voters, and from business in Government Relations at Erie Insurance. After a full year for his Villanova University chapter of College Democrats including a trip to the Winter Summit in D.C. and earning Pennsylvanian Chapter of the Year, Grant eagerly looks forwards to the broad potential to fight for Democratic ideals through his role as Finance Director in PACD.
State Council Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy Vogel Sandy is a Senior at Temple University studying political science and sociology. In addition to her new role as State Council Chair, Sandy is an active member of the Temple College Democrats chapter and president of the Temple Community Garden. A native of Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she has been interested in politics since the third grade when she was convinced she’d become the senator from Arizona. Sandy has since focused her interests on state governance in her home state, where she has served as the social media coordinator for Karen Chellew for PA and will serve as one of State Representative Brian Sims’ interns this summer. She is looking forward to an active year as a member of the PACD Executive Board and helping mobilize college Democrats to make a difference!
Eastern VP KS826308@wcupa.edu
Kinjal Shah Kinjal is a sophomore at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania majoring in English. In addition to serving as Eastern VP, she also serves as the Secretary of the West Chester College Democrats and as the Programs Coordinator for the Residence Hall Association. With a strong interest in politics, she is excited to help the Eastern Pennsylvania College Democrat chapters expand. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kinjal hopes to help improve the networking of Pennsylvania College Democrats. She has taken part in many voter registration drives and has highly encouraged participation in politics. She hopes to encourage students across the state to get involved in local and regional politics.
Western VP email@example.com
Lydia Holmstrand Lydia is a Sophomore majoring in Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. With an interest in politics and current events, she is eager to assist the growth of Western PA College Democrat chapters. Raised in West Virginia by two politically active parents, her early exposure to both economic and legal issues sparked a lasting interest in government that continues to mature. As Western VP, Lydia plans to support and encourage participation in the political process, specifically for college aged students, and hopes to create stronger bonds between the separate western chapters. In addition to her role as Western VP for the PACD, Lydia serves as the secretary of the College Democrats at the University of Pittsburgh and has a had a wonderful time volunteering for local campaigns and promoting student participation in politics. She looks forward to working with the PACD Board for the 2015-2016 term.
Communications Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Marley Dizney Swanson Marley is a Sophomore at Gettysburg College, originally from Hillsboro, Oregon. She is a double major in Political Science and Public Policy with a focus on immigration.
Marley is the Public Relations Chair of Gettysburg's College Democrats, President and Founder of the Model Arab League chapter on campus, and Director of Model United Nations. She has worked on campaigns for Judge Kevin Dougherty, Attorney Matthew Teeter, and County Commissioner Marty Qually.
Marley is excited to make communication between Democrats across Pennsylvania more frequent and effective in order to spread the incredible ideas this organization has to offer as far as they can go!
Membership Director email@example.com
Nick Contarino Nick is a Sophomore at Lafayette College majoring in Government and Law with tentative plans to attend law school. In addition to serving as Membership director for PACD, Nick is the only freshman lawyer on Lafayette’s Mock Trial team. Born and raised in South Jersey, Nick’s interest in politics was prompted by his dad mercilessly making fun of George Bush from 2000-2008. However it is only recently that Nick decided to call himself a Democrat. For a long time he was disillusioned with the party system and refused to partake in party politics. Upon entering Lafayette College he decided that complaining is useless without action, and decided to involve himself in politics to attempt to make some positive change. With this in mind Nick is excited for the opportunity to be elected membership director and seeks to bring this positive change to Pennsylvania with his passion and dashing good looks.
Executive Director: Ryan Valencia Platform Committee Chair: Antonio Megna Platform Committee Vice Chair: Patrick Stickney Deputy Communications Director: Nate Larkin Deputy Finance Director: Alyssa Hamaty Deputy Membership Director: Jessica Malerman Deputy Political Affairs Director: Matthew Hatfield