Michael Barth - President (Officer)
Raised in the San Fernando Valley, Michael earned a B.A. in Political Science from UC San Diego before delving head-first into Los Angeles politics by working for the LA County Democratic Party and volunteering for various local campaigns. He served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Assessor Jeff Prang's successful primary campaign, coordinating operations and outreach throughout all of LA County.
Michael is a graduate of the USC Gould School of Law Class of 2017, where he served as President for his school's American Constitution Society chapter. As a law student, he gained hands-on experience working in local government law, special education advocacy, plaintiff-side employment litigation, and labor law. His current focus is in public interest and worker's rights law.
Matt Hovsepian - Vice President (Officer)
Jacky Guerrero - Treasurer (Officer)
Jacky serves as a Budget Analyst for Advancement Project where she works in partnership with community-based organizations to support advocacy campaigns by monitoring various school district and city budgets with a particular focus in the Central Valley. As a former Bohnett Fellow working in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, she was part of the launch team in the Office of Economic Development to establish President Obama’s Promise Zone efforts in Los Angeles. She also published an extensive report examining the effectiveness of the turf removal rebate policy in Los Angeles City Council District 3 for the Office of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield. In addition, as Program Associate with the Liberty Hill Foundation, she managed the Foundation’s LGBTQ portfolio that directed more funds to organizations using intersectional frameworks, and strengthened the foundation’s signature capacity building program. She graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California Los Angeles and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the California State University Northridge.
Julia Gould - Communications Director (Officer)
Julia serves as the Policy Deputy for Councilmember Paul Krekorian, who represents communities within the Southeast San Fernando Valley. In this role, she primarily handles issues related to housing and environmental sustainability. Before joining Council District 2, Julia worked as the Legislative Deputy for Long Beach City Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. With a background in public policy and community organizing, she was also part of a team at the nonprofit LA Alliance for a New Economy, where she organized community stakeholders to pass labor policies benefitting hospitality workers in Long Beach and Los Angeles.
Born and raised in Southern California, Julia graduated magna cum laude from Occidental College in 2015 and is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program, an experience-based, cross-sectoral fellowship that trains ethical and effective leaders in the field of public affairs.
Vanessa Carr - Social Media Director
Andrew Lewis - Legislative Director
Andrew is a graduate of UCLA where he earned his degree in Political Science with an emphasis in American Politics, and currently sits on several UCLA Alumni Relations Boards.
Andrés Molina - Programs Director
Andrés Molina is a proud graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, with a Bachelors in Public Administration. He is the son of a Carpenter and a Bilingual teacher and the youngest of two children. Currently, Andrés is the Government Relations Representative for a private firm that focuses on improving transportation/infrastructure issues at home and around the world.
Andrés is excited to bring his experiences in the private sector as well as his passions for the community, education, and transportation to the club’s leadership. He is also an active member of Los Angeles County Young Democrats. Finally, Andrés hopes to go back to school soon to get his Masters in Public Administration.
Becca Patton - Public Relations & Web Director
Becca Patton has been involved in early care and education for the past eight years, most recently as a Public Affairs Specialist for LAUP (Los Angeles Universal Preschool). In this role, Becca supported campaigns that led to an additional $100 million invested in early learning at the local, state, and federal level. Prior to LAUP, Becca was with Jumpstart, an Americorps program, where she supported college students working with preschool children throughout Los Angeles. Becca is now with Reading Partners helping to ensure all students have the support necessary to be life-long readers.
Sean Rivas - Political Director
Marco Santana - RFK Co-Chair
Jessica Yas Barker - President Emeritus
Jessica was born and raised in LA and went to UC Berkeley and CSUN to study Political Science/Spanish and Public Administration respectively. These disciplines have led to work in various capacities as a union organizer, Congressional Field Rep, aide to the Mayor of LA, and chief of engagement for philanthropic organizations in the homelessness and arts sectors. Jessica first became politically active when she learned about Proposition 22 (the 2000 ballot measure that institutionalized discrimination against same-sex marriage in the California constitution) from a neighbor and enlisted a few rambunctious friends to run around her conservative hometown tearing down the lawn signs. Since then, she has found more constructive ways to channel her social justice energy through work in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Jessica currently works with Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, overseeing corporate giving and philanthropic outreach to nonprofits and cultural institutions.
Mike Young - Parliamentarian
Mike Young has been a San Fernando Valley resident for over two decades. He is an alumnus of Pepperdine University. There, Mike became an officer with the Pepperdine Young Democrats and helped build a coalition of progressive students in an overwhelmingly Republican private school. By the end of his senior year, he had actively campaigned on a variety of progressive causes from gay and lesbian civil liberties, to human rights, to the environment, which has since become his main cause.
Mike has served on SFVYD's board for over half a decade under various roles, including Membership Director, Communications Director, and Political Director. He was honored to be elected as the organization's first Asian American president and served from 2011 to 2012.