Our Board

Executive Board Members

Daniel Lopez, President

Daniel_Lopez.jpgDaniel Lopez elected to his second term as LACYD President, Daniel currently serves as a Legislative Deputy for Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian. Daniel’s interest in politics first began within his family, who instilled in him a strong commitment to civic engagement, and with values that mandate fighting for those less fortunate. Daniel’s love of politics was cemented during as a student in a Government and Politics class at Los Angeles’s Loyola High School.

While still a student at the University of Southern California, Daniel became involved in the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign going on to work in both Texas and North Carolina, where he was fortunate to work directly with Secretary Clinton and Former President Bill Clinton, all while maintaining a full class load at USC. Daniel credits the Clinton campaign with opening his eyes to the tremendous effect that politics and public service can have, and how truly lucky we are to live in a free democracy.

Following the Clinton Campaign, Daniel worked as the New Media Director for the Antonio Villaraigosa Re-Election Campaign, where he created all of Mayor Villaraigosa's now vibrant Social Media platforms. Daniel built on that experience joining then-Assemblymember Paul Krekorian’s successful bid for LA City Council.

Daniel graduated from USC with a degree in International Relations and Economics. Daniel is also a big sports fan and enjoys baseball, football, and basketball. Daniel is a lifelong resident of the Pasadena area of the San Gabriel Valley.

Jason B. Levin, Vice President of Communications

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Jason Levin is serving his fifth term as the Vice President of Communications.  In this role, Jason coordinates and manages LACYD’s external and internal communications, including the organization’s social media presence. In his professional career, Jason is a sought after communications and public relations consultant working at the venerable Los Angeles-based public affairs firm, Cerrell. Previously, Jason served as Communications Director to Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield.  A veteran of both government and campaigns, Jason has worked in and outside of government as Communications Director for then-LAUSD Board Member Nury Martinez and as Press Secretary for former Congressman and LACYD co-founder Howard Berman’s 2012 re-election campaign. Jason has also served Valley communities as a field representative for Congressman Howard Berman and State Senator Fran Pavley.

Born and raised in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, Jason is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 

Derek Mazzeo, Vice President of Programming

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Derek Mazzeo is serving his first term as an LACYD Board Member. A lifelong Southern Californian and Democrat, Derek serves as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s state liaison as well as the liaison to the Los Angeles Unified School District. The child of two public school teachers, Derek has a deep passion for social justice.

In 2008, he worked as a field organizer for the Barack Obama presidential campaign in three states while a freshman at Occidental College. Derek later founded Occidental College for Obama where, despite a campus of fewer than 2,000 students, it became the largest college chapter in California with over 250 active volunteers. After the Obama campaignDerek became president of Occidental College Democrats before joining the office of then-Council President Eric Garcetti.stice and Democratic politics.

In his free time, Derek enjoys going to Dodger games, exploring Los Angeles on foot, and volunteering. 

Marcos Sanchez, Vice President of Administration

cd6_employee_portraits_marcossanchez.jpgMarcos is serving his third term as LACYD’s Vice President of Administration, responsible for coordinating the activities of the legislative, political and membership recruitment and engagement activities of the organization. Professionally, Marcos serves as the Field Representative for Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra. Born in the north east San Fernando Valley, Marcos is dedicated to expanding opportunity and improving the quality of life in his community. 

Teresa Skala, Vice President of Finance

TERESA.jpgTeresa is serving her first term as an LACYD board member.  As the Vice President of Finance, she organizes and executes the club’s fundraising operation, files the FPPC statements, and manages the bookkeeping.

Teresa began her political career in Washington, DC.  She worked on the fundraising team for the successful Donnelly for Indiana Senate campaign in 2012, and then joined a PAC fundraising firm that raised money for more than ten congressional members and candidates, two senate races, and a non-profit organization.  Teresa made her way back to California to be the Finance Director for a 2014 DCCC Red-to-Blue congressional race in the Central Valley.  Teresa has finally settled in Los Angeles, where she is the Finance Director for Congresswoman Linda Sánchez, the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and consults for a congressional candidate running in one of the top races in Los Angeles County.

Teresa is originally from San Diego and is a graduate of UC Berkeley. 

Stephanie Uy, Secretary

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Stephanie Uy found her passion for social justice as a student organizer at UCLA where she graduated with a degree in Asian American Studies. As a board member of Samahang Pilipino and as a Student Director within the Community Programs Office, Stephanie served as a long-time advocate for communities of color and worked towards college affordability and accessibility. During her senior year, she interned with Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Immediately after graduating UCLA in 2012, Stephanie worked as a field organizer on a presidential campaign in Colorado. Upon returning to Los Angeles, she continued on the campaign trail as the Pilipino Outreach Coordinator and Social Media Director on a local city council race and later as an organizer for the non-profit organization SIPA (Search to Involve Pilipino Americans).

Stephanie is currently a Field Deputy for California State Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, having previously served as Council Aide to Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian. 


Regional Board Members

Sara Hernandez, Regional Board District 1

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Sara Hernandez is the Executive Director of CORO Southern California, having previously served as Downtown Area Director and Special Counsel for Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar, managing a team that is actively working to revitalize Downtown Los Angeles through increased economic development, policy changes, improved constituency services, transportation alternatives and a multitude of public infrastructure projects and public/private partnerships.

A former LAUSD teacher and trained attorney, Sara has done policy and legal work for the Los Angeles City Attorney- Safe Schools Division, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office- Major Crimes Unit and the California Charter School Association. Sara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Duke University, a Masters in Education from Loyola Marymount and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. She lives in Downtown Los Angeles and her free time, runs an educational non-profit that she founded, Helping Young People Excel- Los Angeles (HYPE).

Erick Martell, Regional Board District 2

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Erick J. Martell currently serves as Legislative Representative for the Port of Los Angeles.The Port of Los Angeles encompasses 7,500 acres of land and water along 43 miles of waterfront. It features 24 passenger and cargo terminals, including automobile, breakbulk, container, dry and liquid bulk, and warehouse facilities that handle billions of dollars’ worth of cargo each year. The Port also wields tremendous economic impact, generating employment for more than 3 million Americans nationwide. In California alone, nearly 1 million jobs are related to trade though the Port of Los Angeles.

Prior to his current post, Erick J. Martell served as the Legislative & Transportation Director for Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, 14th District. The District includes Downtown Los Angeles, as well as Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Highland Park and Eagle Rock. Erick successfully advanced the Councilman’s public policy agenda on a broad range of issues and was the point person on matters relating to Los Angeles World Airports, Port of Los Angeles, Public Safety, Public Works, Budget & Finance, LAUSD, Intergovernmental Affairs and Labor relations. Born and raised in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles, Erick has served on the Pico Union Neighborhood Council, Levitt Pavilion Advisory Board, and is the Vice President of the Latino Staffer Coalition, a non-partisan organization created to promote the advancement of its members throughout California.

Erick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Spanish from Loyola Marymount University, where he was invited to be a member of the Crimson Circle, the oldest honors and service organization at Loyola and was a proud member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Nicholas Melvoin, Regional Board District 3

Melvoin.jpgNick is an attorney who is currently working as an independent consultant to education nonprofits. He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Loyola Marymount University, where he teaches a course on Education Law. Most recently, Nick was the Director of Policy and Legal Counsel for Great Public Schools: Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to improving the governance of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Nick’s path was inspired by his time teaching at an LAUSD middle school in Watts, Los Angeles as part of Teach For America. His work on a landmark civil rights case led him to law school, where he spent time at the ACLU, the Department of Justice, and The White House. In addition to his work as an attorney, Nick is the Programming Director for Camp Harmony, camp for homeless and underserved children in the Los Angeles community. Nick also serves on the board of a number of local schools and nonprofits and is an alumnus of the New Leaders Council and the New Leaders Project of the Jewish Federation. Nick is a graduate of Harvard College, NYU School of Law (Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar), and Loyola Marymount University's School of Education.

Christopher Wilson, Regional Board District 4

Chris_Wilson.jpgChristopher Michael Wilson was born in Whittier, California, home of the last Mexican Governor of California (Alta California) Pío Pico. Born of working class parents, Christopher quickly understood the value of hard work, commitment and dedication. While Chris' mother marched alongside Cesar Chavez in support of civil and worker rights, his dad went on to become a successful businessman for AT&T before suffering a stroke that caused him to retire early.

Working for the Pico Rivera Parks and Recreation Department and the Whittier Union High School as a Vocational Specialist at the age of 16, It wasn't until July of 2008 when Chris began his work with the California Legislature as an Intern then Project Coordinator to California Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter. Representing cities in the Inland Empire, Chris hit the ground running to assist Assemblymember Carter with field representation and constituent services that cut red tape for people having trouble with state departments and agencies.

Chris continued his service in the Assembly when he joined Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal’s Administration in February of 2009. Serving as her Case Manager in a district that encompassed over 400,000 constituents, Chris assisted district constituents on issues relating to unemployment benefits and state disability, healthcare, housing, veterans services, social services and more. He also served as a Field Representative for the City of Signal Hill working with the mayor and city council, police officials, the city's chamber of commerce and local businesses on issues of legislative concern.

After working for Assemblymember Lowenthal for four years in her district office, Chris transitioned from her office in Long Beach to join her capitol team in Sacramento. As a Legislative Aide, Chris advised Assemblymember Lowenthal on legislation relating to revenue and taxation, arts, entertainment, sports, tourism and internet media, animals, immigration, veterans, jobs and economic development. Chris also staffed Assemblymember Lowenthal on the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review, the committee in charge of identifying savings and efficiencies in the management of state government, reviewing and studying the implementation, operation, and effectiveness of state programs and agencies.  In addition, Chris worked on and served as the lead staffer on AB 2545 to address the needs of victims of military sexual assault and AB 1525 to allow for couples to get married locally. Both legislative bills passed out of the legislature and were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014.

Currently, Chris serves as a Senior Representative for Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson who was sworn in to represent the 64th Assembly District in November 2014, a district that includes nearly a half million people and ranks as one of the impoverished districts in California.  Among his responsibilities includes representing Assemblymember Gipson in the communities of Carson, Wilmington, North Long Beach, Lynwood and Harbor Gateway.  He also serves as the lead staffer on Assemblymember Gipson’s social media handles, and covers issues that include: transportation, ports, business, economic development, veterans, LGBTQ, revenue and taxation, and arts and entertainment.  In the first 7 months of working for Assemblymember Gipson, Chris assisted Mr. Gipson with securing $3 million for the for an associated greenbelt expansion park project in East Wilmington in addition to a “Welcome to Wilmington” that is currently in its final stages.

Chris' volunteer service includes serving as a Strategic Development Council-member for Ability First, Secretary to the 100 Black Men of Long Beach, Treasurer of the Sacramento County Young Democratic Club, former Assembly District 54 State Delegate, several federal, state and local democratic campaigns and initiatives, Vice President of the Long Beach Democratic Club and Phone Tree Captain for the Mark Twain Democratic Club.

Steve Fergusen, Regional Board District 5

 


At-Large Board Members

Sydney Barron, Board Member

Sydney BarronSydney Barron is currently based in Downtown Los Angeles working as a Finance Associate on a large-scale campaign.

Prior to her current position, Sydney worked for NMA Consulting Partners, a Los Angeles based political consulting firm that focuses on democratic donor advising and education policy work. During her time there, she worked closely with several education organizations and helped develop their legislative strategies.

Sydney started her career on Wendy Greuel’s Congressional campaign, assisting the communications director and conducting research on policy issues. Afterwards, she moved to the Central Valley to work on Amanda Renteria’s Congressional race. While there, she organized rural communities of low propensity voters and played a supporting role in developing the campaign’s field strategy through using proprietary trial techniques.

Sydney cares deeply about the Los Angeles community, and is eager to further her involvement by working with other passionate young Democrats.  

 Patrick MacFarlane, Board Member

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Patrick is a native Angeleno who grew up splitting time between South L.A. and Culver City. He graduated from Loyola High School and the University of Arizona, where he studied Business Administration, Communication and Africana Studies.

Currently, Patrick began serving as Field Representative for Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas in 2014. He covers the Mid-City and West Adams regions for the Assemblymember, and also staffs natural resources, education, labor and faith organizations in the 54th Assembly District District Office. Patrick drafts opinion-editorials and letters that are produced by Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas’ communications staff, and coordinates planning of district events.

Patrick is active with the Empowerment Congress’ Emerging Civic Leaders Committee and with the Loyola High School African American Alumni Society. Patrick is motivated by the vision of a better future for South Los Angeles. He views voting access, environmental justice, and housing as the key issues facing South LA and Greater Los Angeles as a whole.

In his free time, Patrick enjoys going to Dodger games, playing golf and basketball, and trying new restaurants with his wife, Raquel. 

Sarah Rascon, Board Member
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Raised in El Sereno & Alhambra, Sarah is currently a Field Representative for State Assemblymemeber Jimmy Gomez, where she has had the opportunity to serve her hometown, in addition to various communities in the 51st District including, Silverlake, Echo Park,  El Sereno, Chinatown and unincorporated East Los Angeles. Sarah is also responsible for handling LGBTQ affairs, Latino/ latina affairs, as well as environmental affairs and social media for her office.

Prior to her work with the Assemblymember, Sarah interned at City Hall in the Department of Public Works and participated in the prestigious UCDC program where she worked for a former California Congressman.

Sarah has worked for the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project and the William C. Velasquez Institute and is a Board Member of the Wise Latina Network; a multi-generational network inspiring the Latino community through educational outreach, programming and philanthropic efforts. 

Brian Gavidia, Board Member

Brian_Gavidia.jpgBrian is serving his second term as LACYD Board Member. Professionally,Brian represents the San Fernando Valley as Mayor Eric Garcetti's East Valley Area Representative. Previously, Brian served as Field Representative for Congressman Tony Cárdenas.Brian holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from California State University Northridge, and a Bachelors Degree in Latin American and Iberian Studies and Spanish from the University of California Santa Barbara. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Brian is dedicated to improving the quality of life in his community. 

Ben Seinfeld, Board Member

Ben Seinfeld is currently the Operations Director for the Kamala Harris for Senate Campaign, where he manages the campaigns budget, human resources, and logistics.  Prior to that position, Ben was the Deputy Political Director for the Kamala Harris for Senate Campaign.  In that position, Ben was responsible for organizing Southern California Delegates for Kamala Harris's bid to earn the California Democratic Party Endorsement at the 2016 CDP Convention in San Jose.  Kamala Harris earned 78% of that vote.

Before joining the Kamala Harris for Senate Campaign, Ben was a Field Deputy for Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge.  Ben grew up in Pasadena, CA and La Canada, CA, and graduated from La Canada High School and Whittier College, where he majored in Political Science.

Tess Seger, Board Member

Seger-Tess.jpgTess brings a fresh voice and perspective to the Los Angeles County Young Democrats. Currently an Associate at SKDKnickerbocker, Tess previously spent nearly four years in Washington, D.C., developing her skills at various communications firms and NGOs. She also worked for Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., in both his district and Washington, D.C., offices.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Tess graduated from the honors program at The George Washington University with a degree in political science and philosophy.

 

 


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