Meet the 2017 Executive Team

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

President - Yazan Hanouneh

Being a "coastal elite" Democrat, Yazan pushes for a strong economic and environmental agenda that hopes to better the United States and its citizens. As President, Yazan helps lead the organization forward to further the Democratic platform and accomplish his goal of ensuring a better tomorrow for future generations. Outside of politics, Yazan likes to play video games, hammock, and adventure in the depths of nature. Yazan is also involved with KPU and is a brother of Pi Kappa Phi. (he, him, his)

Hometown: San Ramon, CA

Major: Political Science

Favorite President: Lyndon B. Johnson

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Vice President - Hishi Pradhan

After first grabbing a clipboard starting in the 2012 Presidential Election, Hishi fell in love with campaigning and in turn, being a Democrat. Every cycle since then, Hishi has been involved with campaigns in her home state in New Hampshire including becoming a Field Organizer for her home town of Manchester, New Hampshire. Hishi is passionate about voting rights and hopes to support those who are as well. (she, her, hers)

Hometown: New Hampshire

Major: Mathematics and Economics 

Favorite President: Franklin D. Roosevelt


Secretary - Shadi Nasab

After falling in love with Speech and Debate throughout high school, Shadi knew she was forever impacted by domestic and global politics. Upon working for a congressional campaign while in high school, she knew she wanted to advocate for progressive values on a larger scale. Shadi hopes that everyone will stand up for what they believe in and become more politically active so we can work together to make the changes we wish to see. Outside of AU Dems, Shadi interns at Voice of America, is a member of Delta Gamma, AU Honors, and AU Ambassadors. (she, her, hers)

Hometown: Denver, CO

Major: International Studies and CLEG (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, Government)

Favorite President: Barack Obama


Treasurer - Andrea Kim

Hailing from the windy city of Chicago, Andrea is an aficionado in eating deep dish pizza without utensils and folding a fitted sheet. Among her many talents, Andrea loves politics and talking about her love for the Dems. She began her interest in politics at the tender age of ten, when she was given a hot-pink Senator Obama t-shirt. At American, Andrea has interned on the hill for Senator Tammy Baldwin and currently works for Washington Institute of Public Affairs Research in the School of Public Affairs. When not crunching numbers, Andrea can be found drinking her fifth cup of coffee and complaining about the lack of snow. (she, her, hers)

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: International Studies

Favorite President: Barack Obama


Communications Director - Sarah Trindell

Sarah knew she wanted to be involved in politics ever since her fourth-grade field trip to DC inspired her goal of becoming the first female president. Although she no longer considers this a primary career goal, she still hopes to stay involved in politics and hold public office someday. Sarah is a first-year student with a passion for intersectional feminism, LGBT+ rights, and immigration reform. Outside of Dems, Sarah is a member of the Roosevelt Institute and enjoys pursuing various artistic endeavors. (she, her, hers)

Hometown: Harrisburg, PA

Major: International Studies

Favorite President: Barack Obama


Chief of Staff - Anthony Kuykendall

Anthony is a southern California native coming from the land of superior tacos and beaches. He got his first taste of the political sphere interning for a State Senator his senior year of high school and ever since has been a junkie for Democratic politics. He feels especially passionate about the systematic discrimination of people of color in the criminal justice system, sexual assault victim advocacy, and education policy. As Chief of Staff, Anthony oversees scheduling and event planning, as well as a variety of miscellaneous tasks the club needs to perform. When not serving as Chief of Staff, Anthony can be found napping, watching Bob Ross, or getting yelled at as a brother of Zeta Psi. (he, him, his)

Hometown: Santa Ana, CA

Major: CLEG (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, Government)

Favorite President: Franklin D. Roosevelt


Campaigns Co-Director - Josh Gutmaker

Josh comes to DC through the purple heartland of upstate New York, where even snow can't stop us from canvassing. He's passionate about electing Democrats across the country and is a firm believer that we can flip Texas in 2020. Josh hopes to mobilize large portions of our campus to prove that our generation cares about politics and that we mean it. (he, him, his)

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Major: CLEG (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, Government)

Favorite President: Lyndon B. Johnson


Campaigns Co-Director - DeLancey Lane

In 2004, DeLancey’s mom came home to find her seven-year-old daughter asleep in front of the TV, resting her head on a tally sheet of all the state’s electoral votes. The next day her mom had to break the bad news and tell her “not to get in any fights with anyone at school.” After a long break from politics, DeLancey has now interned twice for Senator Patty Murray and served as president of American Association of University Women on campus. This year she’ll be leading phone banks and canvassing trips to spread the democratic message across states like Virginia. Ignoring her mother’s advice, she is still getting in fights about electoral math. (she, her, hers)

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Major: CLEG (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, Government)

Favorite President: Dick "Backseat Driver" Cheney