GU College Democrats 2018 Executive Board
Chair: Rebecca Hollister
Rebecca is thrilled to be the Chair (nicknamed Fearless Leader) of this wonderful organization. Her ultimate goal for GUCD in 2019 is to create a proper infrastructure in the club for the 2020 election cycle and to set precedents of diversity, openness, and transparency. Having worked for the Kansas Democratic Party, the DNC, and as a manager on a state legislative campaign, Rebecca knows how to collaborate with individuals and use everyone's skills and talents to achieve goals. When Rebecca isn't canvassing or phone banking, she can be found reading, eating pasta, playing the Nintendo Switch, and crying about pictures of cute kittens.
Vice Chair & Director of Advocacy: Kayla Friedland
Kayla Friedland (COL’ 22) is a South Floridian feminist, philanthropist, and civil rights activist among other titles. She double majors in Government and Women’s & Gender Studies with a minor in Justice and Peace Studies. She hopes to grace the world with her passion for helping others and influence the political sphere with her unapologetic liberalism. She is driven to foster an inclusive and diverse environment within Georgetown University College Democrats that enables students of all identities to find a place within the party and discover their voices.
Chief of Staff: Mark Massa
Mark Massa (SFS ’20) is the Chief of Staff of GUCD and a Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) major hailing from Needham, MA. Mark has been active in GUCD since his freshman year, serving on the foreign policy team and the constitutional convention. His favorite part of GUCD is campaign field work, as he believes that engaging citizens in the democratic process is fundamental to the health of the American republic. Outside of Dems, Mark competes in epee with Club Fencing, plays the bass drum in Pep Band, and contributes technical work to student theatre.
Treasurer: Varsha Menon
A proud Texan, despite the fact that her state failed to elect Beto O’Rourke to the US Senate, Varsha is extremely excited to serve as GUCD’s treasurer. Previously, she served as an advocacy deputy and worked on the civil rights and immigration advocacy teams. She hopes to help raise money for future campaigning efforts gearing up to 2020 and help plan some exciting events within the next year. When she’s not trying to figure out how the club funding bureaucracy works, she can be found stressing in Lau over economics or conducting research on bicycles (yes, bicycles!) at the BMW Center for German and European Studies.
Director of Communications: Aida Ross
Aida (COL ‘22) is excited to serve as the 2019 Director of Communications, where she aspires to diversify GUCD’s outreach and network both on and off campus. She is majoring in Government with a minor in Film and Media studies, hoping to one day work in the field of political communications. Outside of GUCD, Aida loves taking pictures for her photography blog, singing along to Amy Winehouse’s greatest hits, and cooking curry.
Director of Campaigning and Off-Campus Affairs: AJ Williamson
AJ Williamson is a Political Economy and Computer Science major in the College. Born in New York City, he has also lived in Thailand and Maryland, and currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa. AJ started his freshman year in GUCD as a member of the Racial Equality Advocacy team before joining the Department of Campaigning and Off-Campus Affairs. As Director of the department this year, AJ hopes GUCD can help flip Virginia fully blue while preparing for the 2020 elections. Outside of this club, he is Vice President of GU-ACLU, a member of the Interhall Council Executive board, and a Teaching Assistant in the Computer Science department. In his free time, you can find him losing badly at Super Smash Bros or watching Parks and Rec for the 14th time.
Speakers Director: Lily Rubinstein
Lily Rubinstein (COL ’22) is the director of the speakers department at GUCD. She is from New York City and plans to study Psychology and Government, reflecting her passion for the intersection of psychology and the law. As director of speakers, Lily hopes to bring diverse, inspirational speakers to campus as well as encourage Georgetown students to take advantage of the amazing opportunities to see speakers off-campus. Aside from GUCD, Lily assists in research in the psychology department at Georgetown and coaches a team of middle school debaters. She also loves dogs, tea, and the subway.
Membership Director: Zev Burton
Zev (SFS '22) is an Indiana-raised freshman studying the required core curriculum for freshman, although he hopes to one day participate in the Security Studies program with minors in Statistics and Russian. Prior to serving as the GUCD Membership Director, he served as the deputy of the department, in which he began to recognize the necessity of diversity and inclusion within a club such as GUCD, a belief he hopes to carry through to the Director position. When not planning social events a plenty, you can find Zev at Mock Trial Practice, on Lau 1, or at one of the many fine dining establishments at Leo J. O'Donnovan Hall on the Waterfront (which, to his recent knowledge, has a full two stars on Yelp).
Director of Alumni and Advancement: Emily Walling
Emily Walling (COL ’22) is the Director of Alumni Relations & Advancement for GUCD. She is from Nashville, Tennessee, and is hoping to major in Theology. Emily previously served as the Deputy for Advancement, and she is thrilled to be more involved with Dems this semester! Her favorite part of GUCD is the opportunity to be active in politics and exchange ideas with other young progressives. Outside of GUCD, Emily dances in BMDT, is a member of the Sunday Night Worship vestry, and works for Protestant Ministry