Caucus Chairs

Kyle Ishmael

Kyle Ishmael

Caucus of Color Co-Chair

Throughout his professional career, Kyle has maintained a personal passion for advocating, educating, and building consensus. As a graduate of St. John’s University and Thomas Jefferson School of Law, he honed his legal skills in the areas of family and administrative law, public policy, and politics. Through the years, Kyle has served as Attorney General of the National Black Law Students Association, leading NBLSA‘s advocacy initiatives—resulting in the signing of legislation by President Barack Obama that enhanced federal prosecution of hate crimes. Kyle also successfully led the effort to amend NBLSA‘s constitution, broadening their anti-discrimination policies to cover disability and sexual orientation. And his work on Capitol Hill aided the vetting and eventual confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. Kyle has served as a family lawyer, paralegal professor, Legal Volunteer at Hillary for America, and judge for youth debates. His professional experiences include work in legislative, judicial, and city government. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus where he manages the legislative and programmatic efforts of the second-largest minority State legislative caucus in the United States.

Jugba Santi

Jugba Santi

Caucus of Color Co-Chair

Jugba Santi is a proud New Yorker from the Bronx and is of African-American and Liberian descent. She earned a Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management with a concentration in Politics and Advocacy from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany with a double major in Political Science and Africana Studies.

She previously served as National Committeewoman of the New York State Young Democrats and currently serves as State Legislative Liaison for the Black Caucus of the Young Democrats of America. In 2012, she worked as a Summer Organizing Fellow for President Obama’s re-election campaign in Northwest Philadelphia as well as a Field Organizer for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. She also worked as a Communications Specialist for the New York State Senate Democratic Conference and currently works as an Intergovernmental Affairs Analyst for the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. She is also a 2017 New Leaders Council Fellow in the New York City Chapter.

Jim Kane

Jim Kane

Disability Issues Caucus Chair

Coming Soon.

Mina Lee

Mina Lee

High School Caucus Chair

Coming Soon.

Brent Weitzberg

Brent Weitzberg

Jewish Caucus Chair

Coming Soon

Rebecca Lamorte

Rebecca Lamorte

Labor Caucus Chair

Rebecca Lamorte currently works with the Laborers union at their labor-management fund (GNY LECET) on public policy, legislation and issue based campaigns. For six years, Rebecca has been an advocate for issues impacting working New Yorkers, including the successful Fight for $15 campaign to raise New York’s minimum wage. She previously worked with the Teamsters and Building Trades unions. An almuna of Fordham University in New York City, Rebecca served as the Vice President of the College Democrats of New York in 2012, organizing young people to support Democratic candidates and causes across the state.

KC Hankins

KC Hankins

LGBT Caucus Chair

KC Hankins currently serves as the LGBT Caucus Chair. He grew up in New Jersey and moved to New York City to attend college at Pace University to study economics and mathematics. After graduating, KC joined Teach for America, which enabled him to become a mathematics teacher at John Dewey High School, a historic public school in South Brooklyn. A few years ago, KC moved to Staten Island and, shortly thereafter, became a member of the Young Democrats of Richmond County. KC currently serve as the Treasurer of the YDRC. As LGBT Caucus Chair, KC works to unify and empower the LGBT community in each of the chapters in the New York State Young Democrats.

Paolo Cremidis

Paolo Cremidis

Rural Caucus Chair

Coming Soon

Veronica Aveis

Veronica Aveis

Women's Caucus Chair

Veronica Aveis is Political Director of Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund, former District Representative in the office of US Representative Yvette Clarke, and a one time candidate for New York State Committee. Veronica’s contributions also include serving as Treasurer for Friends of Jo Anne Simon, President Emeritus of Brooklyn Young Democrats, Board Member of LaunchProgress PAC, former fundraising chair of Day One New York Associate Board, and 2016 Community Service Award winner from the Independent Neighborhood Democrats (IND).