Meet the Fall 2019 Executive Team
President - Julia Larkin (she, her, hers)
Julia is a sophomore at American University and is President of AU Dems for the 2019-2020 year. Julia was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and has the accent and love of coffee to prove it. She is a political science major and is very involved on AU's campus, being in the Student Philanthropy Council, Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, and the World Mind Magazine. Julia discovered her love for politics while watching the West Wing in middle school and fell in love with campaigning while working for the Hillary for America Campaign in high school.
Hometown: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn NY
Favorite Member of Congress: Rep. Max Rose (NY-11)
Executive Vice President -
Favorite Member of Congress:
Chief of Staff - Joshua Evans (he, him, his)
Joshua is a sophomore at American University studying CLEG and Public Relations, and serves as the Chief of Staff for AU College Democrats. He fights hard with the AU Dems team to elect Democrats across the country. He is very passionate about the complex immigration crisis and displacement of low-income families due to gentrification. Outside of Dems, he works as the director of the Community Service Coalition. Joshua also loves to try the diverse amount of food we have in the District. Joshua loves watching big brother, going out with friends, and swimming.
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Favorite Member of Congress: Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
Director of Communications - Julie Appelstein (she, her, hers)
Julie is energetic, passionate, and ready to get Democrats elected! Being from New Hampshire, she has been surrounded by politics her whole life. In 2016, Julie knocked doors and made thousands of phone calls for Hillary in the primaries and the general. Then when she got to college, she went on to intern for Rep. Shea-Porter (D-NH), EMILY’s List, and the NH Democratic Party. Also, in 2018, she served as the Political Director for the Naomi Andrews for Congress campaign (NH-01). Now Julie is studying CLEG here at AU, and plans to graduate in May of 2020 (one year early). Currently, she interns at Rising Tide Interactive, a Democratic digital strategy firm and serves as the historian for her sorority, Sigma Kappa. Julie is happiest when she’s drinking coffee and talking about #nhpolitics.
Hometown: Salem, NH
Favorite Member of Congress: Rep. Katie Hill (CA-25)
Director of Diversity and Inclusion - Katia Portela (she, her, hers)
Katia is a progressive native New Yorker who is passionate about politics, social justice and Movement Building. Her life goal is to shift the overton window to the left by electing more Progressives to office. She is a proud Democrat and has been organizing and interning since she was 16. Her love for politics began with her fascination with the Presidential Debates. She then volunteered on Adriano Espaillat’s (NY-13) campaign and interned for him while putting a social justice spin to District Office tasks. At AU, Katia swung further left and got involved with the Progressive Movement. In 2019, she interned for Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, which was an incredible opportunity to stay connected to the city and movement she calls home. Most recently, she worked on the Tiffany Caban campaign for Queens DA. Aside from Dems, Katia is an avid member of LASO, her sorority Sigma Delta Tau and Center Youth, her youth advocacy program in New York City. She also loves coffee and spends hours convincing her (non political) friends to vote.
Hometown: New York, NY
Favorite Member(s) of Congress: Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) & Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14)
Director of Activism - Lily Hart (she, her, hers)
Lily is currently a rising sophomore majoring in Arabic and Political Science! Besides AU Dems, she is a part of Phi Alpha Delta (AU’s pre-law professional fraternity), AmeriMUNC and AMIRS (which are clubs revolving around international relations), and she volunteers at the Global Language Network downtown in Farragut North. This year in AU Dems, she wants to make activism both on and off campus second nature for the members. Lily says, “Let’s have fun this year… and make our government (a lot) more blue!”
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Favorite Member of Congress: Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-05)