Meet The Executive Board (2019-2020 term)

Michael Barth - President

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 LA County. He is also an active member of Stonewall Democratic Club, previously serving on the club's steering committee.

Michael is a graduate of the USC Gould School of Law, where he served as President for his school's American Constitution Society chapter. As a law student, he focused on various intersecting fields of public interest law, including hands-on positions with the Lanterman Special Education Rights Project, UNITE HERE Local 11, and as a California Employment Lawyers Association Employee Justice Fellow. His current focus is in public interest and workers' rights law, including legal assistance for victims of wage theft.

Julia Gould - Vice President

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. 

Marco Santana - Treasurer

Xochitl Medrano - Communications Director

Xochitl grew up in a union household and was influenced by the labor movement at a very young age. Her influence in political work transcended through her involvement at CSU Northridge with the Young Democrats. After graduating with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Communications Studies, Xochitl has continued her work with the Democratic Party in different capacities. She worked political campaigns after another since the 2016 elections. She ran the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley campaign headquarters in 2018 and led a college student internship program that encourage more students to get involved with campaigns. she currently is working for a non-profit and hopes to pursue a Master's of Arts in Business or Public Administration.

Vanessa Carr - Social Media Director

Vanessa Carr is a Silicon Valley native who received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Santa Clara University. She is the proud daughter of a Filipino immigrant and a U.S. Army Veteran. Growing up in an interracial family and among other communities of color, Vanessa found her passion for advocating for issues relating to equity, social justice, and economic opportunity. Her passion for community-driven leadership and advocacy has led her to work for various organizations and elected officials like the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, former Congressman Mike Honda, grassroots organizations like L.E.A.D Filipino, and Congressman Ro Khanna. As a new resident of the San Fernando Valley, she is excited to be working with the club to help bring progressive policies and elected leaders to the region. Vanessa served as a Field Representative for State Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. She currently serves as Governor Gavin Newson's Los Angeles External Affairs Coordinator.

Tina Vartanian - Public Relations Director

Tina Vartanian serves as the Public Affairs Manager for The Afriat Consulting Group (ACG). In this role, Tina coordinates much of the firm’s community outreach efforts and campaign activities. She also conducts extensive policy-related research, tracks and analyzes legislation, and supports the firms fundraising and advocacy efforts.

Prior to joining ACG, Tina worked at First Trust Escrow where she established extensive relations with many of the region’s leading real estate professionals and management companies. In addition to her work at First Trust, Tina has served in several political posts. She worked at the prestigious advocacy firm Kyle House Group in Washington D.C. and interned for then-Senator Barbara Boxer. 

Raised in Southern California, Tina graduated from CSUN where she earned her degree in Political Science. 

Sean Rivas - Political Director

Andrew Lewis - Legislative Director

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Andrew is a longtime Democrat who has worked in a variety of progressive Democratic offices and campaigns, including as a Field Organizer for President Obama's re-election campaign, in the Office of Energy and Sustainability of former Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa, and with US Senator Dianne Feinstein. Andrew has also worked on several Democratic political campaigns at the local, state, and national level.

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.

Xenia Vidal - Mobilization Director

Xenia Vidal or “Xen” recently graduated summa cum lauda from Mount Saint Mary’s University, where she double majored in Political Science and Spanish Translation.  She focused academically on the salient role that local and state government affects the lives of women, and low-income people of color in Los Angeles. She has previously served as the Legislative Council Aid for Councilwoman Nury Martinez, and has worked on countless grassroots campaigns at the local, state, and federal level.

Currently, Xenia is the Public Affairs Specialist for Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County where she engages in legislative and electoral activity including advocacy, grassroots organizing, and electioneering to work towards ensuring high-quality reproductive health care in LA County. Xenia resides in Sylmar and in her free time you can find her enjoying El Faro Tacos or hiking the Veterans Park Trail in the valley.

Michael Menjivar - Membership Director

Michael has always been passionate about serving his community, with particular interests in housing and education. Born and raised in North Hollywood in the SFV, it was following graduation from UCLA with a degree in Biology that he began pursuing a career in public policy.

Prior to jumping into policy, organizing, and coalition-building, Michael spent five years working as a fundraiser for non-profits, including UCLA. Always interested in making the transition to policy, Michael complemented his professional experience by remaining active in his community, and joined the North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council in 2015, serving time as the Treasurer and Chair of the Land Use Committee.

Michael currently works as the Public Policy Organizer for the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), where he organizes and leads the campaign efforts for more affordable housing in the Los Angeles area. In this capacity, he works directly with people who have experienced homelessness to address the housing affordability crisis. He also serves on the LAUSD Commission on Human Relations, Diversity, and Equity, representing District 6 Board Member Kelly Gonez, and is an elected delegate to the Democratic State Central Committee for Assembly District 39.

Cameron Onumah - RFK Co-Chair

Cameron Onumah spent four years as a senior aide to US Senator Dianne Feinstein; serving as Political Director for Feinstein for Senate 2018 and as a Field Representative in Feinstein’s Senate office covering the Greater Los Angeles region. Cameron was the Senator’s principal liaison to the African American and Faith-Based communities throughout the State of California.

Andrés Molina - Programs Director

Andres Molina

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 returned to his alma mater last Fall for his Masters in Public Administration.

Lacy Nguyen Wright - Events Director

Lacy is a freelance event producer and social impact consultant, leveraging media and entertainment for social change. She is the creator of Ballot Breakers, an interview series featuring young Democrats running for office across the nation. She previously worked for Creative Artists Agency's Foundation department and as an editor-at-large for Huffington Post.

Lacy is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Art History and Urban Education Policy. She’s currently serving on the Young Entertainment Activists board, the Speaker's Bureau for Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN), the Covenant House CA Event Committee, the InsideOUT Writers junior board, and the Fund Her Advisory Board.

Mayra Valadez - Community Outreach Director

Mayra Valadez was born and raised in the Northeast San Fernando Valley in the community of Pacoima. Mayra studied Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, and following graduation, moved back to her hometown. She is a Field Representative for State Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, who represents the West SFV.

On-campus she was elected to serve as the Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion on the Student Assembly, and President of the First Generation Student Union. She is passionate about empowering young people to participate in the political process and strive for equity in their communities.

Maie Abed - Pierce College Liaison

Maie is a valley native, born and raised in the San Fernando Valley to two Palestinian immigrants. Maie is currently an undergraduate Political Science student at Los Angeles Pierce College. She plans to pursue a career in International and Human Rights law inspired by her time as a child living in the Gaza Strip. She actively volunteers for political campaigns and community projects, which includes her work as a fellow for the Loraine Lundquist Campaign for district 12 Los Angeles City Council. An avid climate advocate, she is a member of Sunrise Movement and serves on the steering committee of Citizens Climate Lobby’s San Fernando Valley Chapter. She is also active on campus, serving as president of the Pierce College Democrats and vice president of the Students for Social Justice club at Pierce.

Matt Hovsepian - Parliamentarian