Meet the Spring 2018 Executive Team

  Vice President - Yazan Hanouneh   Yazan's bio   Hometown:  Danville, CA   Major:  Political Science   Favorite President:  Lyndon B. Johnson

President - Emily Hamm

Emily, a campaign junkie at heart, got her start in Democratic politics volunteering on campaigns in high school, and continued her work advocating progressive policies here at AU. She's most passionate about affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and civil rights. In her last semester, Emily is interning for Field Strategies, a Democratic field firm, and is a proud member of Sigma Kappa. You can almost always find her in the Bridge enjoying a good cappuccino and reading about election data. (she, her, hers)

Office Hours: Tuesdays 4 - 5 pm in The Bridge

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Favorite President: Barack Obama


Executive Vice President - Brittny Pham

Originally from Philadelphia, Brittny came to D.C. with the hopes of becoming more involved with politics and the Democratic Party. A strong believer in social and economic equality, Brittny is a Democratic because she believes in fighting for progress. She plans to graduate in 2020 through the Politics, Policy and Law Scholars program while majoring CLEG. (she, her, hers)

Office Hours: Wednesdays 3 - 4 pm in The Bridge

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Favorite President: Teddy Roosevelt


Chief of Staff - Alex Russo

Coming from the great state of Delaware, Alex is a first generation college student fighting to give every American the same opportunities he's been blessed with. As a proud Delawarean, he is of course a Joe Biden super fan, and thus the de facto Biden expert on campus. He got his start in politics in 2016, interning with the Delaware Democrats. In 2017, he worked for (future President) Jason Kander's organization, Let America Vote in Virginia.  When not doing politics, Alex can be found holding a Diet Coke, predicting the weather, and trying (but failing) to explain what CLEG is. (he, him, his)

Office Hours: Tuesdays 7 - 8 pm in Starbucks

Hometown: Wilmington, DE

Favorite President: Bill Clinton


Treasurer - Tom Lebert

While attending high school in a largely apolitical town in Connecticut, Tom created his local debate team and worked to get others involved in the political process. Since then, he's been extremely passionate about progressive economics how it intersects with the fight against discrimination and oppression. When he's not filing paperwork, Tom enjoys complaining about the lack of New York-style pizza in DC, drinking coffee, and listening to music. (he, him, his)

Office Hours: Fridays 2 - 3 pm in The Dav

Hometown: Winsted, CT

Favorite President: Franklin D. Roosevelt


Director of Communications - Alex Behle

Alex first got involved in campaigning when he phone banked in the 2016 election for Senator Tammy Duckworth. As Director of Communications, Alex heads the digital operation which includes all social media and email outreach. Alex grew up in the West Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago and is a proud alumnus of Chicago Public Schools (and graduated from Chance the Rapper's alma mater!). During the Fall semester, Alex was an intern in the Office of Barack and Michelle Obama. Alex is an avid runner and enjoys exploring DC on the Metro. (he, him, his)

Office Hours: Mondays 12 - 1 pm in The Mudbox

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Favorite President: Barack Obama


Director of Diversity and Inclusion - Angela Chen

There's so many things Angela loves about California, but her favorite has to be just how blue it is. Angela is a child of immigrants that grew up on Democratic Party ideals, and moving to the nation's capitol, where it all goes down, has her more fired up and ready to go than ever before. Outside of AU Dems, she’s a senator in the AU Undergraduate Senate, likes to go hiking, and can usually be found at all hours of the day in The Bridge. (she, her, hers)

Office Hours: Saturdays 3 - 4 pm in The Bridge

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Favorite President: Franklin D. Roosevelt


Director of Activism - Eric Perless

Eric has been surrounded by politics his entire life from listening to his grandmother and father agree on the same policy while still somehow managing to wage an argument or tuning in to his second cousin Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. Eric has worked with the Democrats in North Carolina to elect progressives starting with the 2015 City Council elections in Asheville. Since then, Eric has worked on state senate and house races, Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign, and the gubernatorial campaigns in North Carolina and Virginia. Eric helped run the Asheville Chapter of Our Revolution. Eric also participates in the Roosevelt Institute, and his passions include the latest Department of Labor statistics, engaging in political discourse, and listening to Halsey. (he, him, his)

Office Hours: Thursdays 4 - 5 pm in The Dav

Hometown: Hendersonville, NC

Favorite President: Franklin D. Roosevelt


Social Chair - Noor Hannosh

Noor found her love for politics in her high school civics class and has been learning and getting involved with them since then. After being a very active AU Dems member in the fall she decided that she wanted to do even more for the club and landed herself an E-Board position. Noor believes in the power that young people have in politics, especially at an organization such as the college democrats and is always excited to work on progress with other young people. She loves to talk about healthcare, women's rights, and immigration policy. When she is not talking politics or working on things related to politics she loves running, sipping on overpriced lattes, and listening to all kinds of music. (she, her, hers)

Office Hours: Tuesdays 11 am - 12 pm in The Bridge

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Favorite President: Barack Obama