Ex-Officio, Appointed, and YDA Officers

Seamus Campbell

Seamus Campbell

Chief of Staff

Seamus Campbell currently serves as the NYSYD Chief of Staff. Seamus works professionally as a web programmer and communications consultant. He has worked for numerous candidates and elected officials, helping manage new, digital, and social media, including former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senate and Assembly candidate Jason Otaño, Orangetown Receiver of Taxes and Town Council Candidate Christopher Smith and State Committeeman and New York City Council candidate Kevin Peter Carroll. He has held numerous positions within College Democrats and Young Democrats including College Democrats of America Technology Director, NYSYD Deputy Director of Communications, YDA Northeast Regional Communications Director, Brooklyn Young Democrats Secretary, NYSYD Disability Issues Caucus Chair, and NYSYD Press Secretary. Seamus holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Science from Fordham University.

Christina Isnardi

Christina Isnardi

Policy Director

Coming soon.

Dori Ann Pliska

Dori Ann Pliska

Campaign Manager

Coming Soon.

Liza Abraham

Liza Abraham

Creative Director

Coming Soon.

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

Technology Director

Coming Soon.

Amir Abbaddy

Amir Abbaddy

Caucus Development Director

Amir is a lifelong resident of Queens; growing up in Richmond Hill and now living in Jamaica. He has served as a Community Liaison in the New York City Council for over two years assisting countless constituents with issues varying from foreclosure to street maintenance to public safety issues. He has also worked for just over a year with New York City 311, the call center for the City of New York, where he was part of one of the best customer service teams in the world according to CFI Group’s customer satisfaction survey. Since departing he has been working for the New York State Senate, moving from Community Liaison to Director of Constituent Services, where he is again serving the needs of the public as well as advising the Senator on the pressing policy issues of the day.

In addition to these experiences, Amir has gained considerable field experience assisting on political campaigns including Leroy Comrie for State Senate, Re-Elect Andrew Cuomo, Jeffries for Congress, and Obama 2012. This history of outreach in multiple communities has provided him with a unique perspective of the diverse needs of the City of New York. He recently used these experiences to also become Field Director for Re-Elect Alicia Hyndman for Assembly.

Amir now serves as Vice President of Diversity & Outreach for the Queens County Young Democrats and New York State Young Democrats’ Caucus Development Director, helping organize the numerous caucuses of both organizations. He hopes to use these positions to help diversify programming and grow membership.

Akurapa Ambak

Akurapa Ambak

Finance Director

Coming Soon.

Michael Corbett

Mike Corbett

President Emeritus

Mike Corbett is a lifelong resident of New York, New York, calling the same place home for 35 years. Mike gained his passion for advocacy at an early age as his father Bob Corbett was President of Teamsters Local 814. Walking picket lines and hand billing against non-union moving companies was a regular activity for Mike growing up. In 2000, Mike became a third generation union member when he officially joined Local 814, and remained a member until 2015. The members of Local 814 elected Mike to serve as an Executive Board member in 2006 at the age of 24, which made him the youngest person ever elected in the history of that union.

Mike was always interested in politics and could not wait to vote for the first time in the 2000 General Election when he cast his ballot for Al Gore for President and Hillary Clinton for Senate. Mike remained a casual observer until 2007 when a speech from then-Presidential Candidate John Edwards inspired him to get more involved. Two weeks later, Mike joined the Young Democrats. Throughout his almost 10 years of service, Mike held leadership roles on the local, state, regional, and national levels, including his term as Vice President of the Young Democrats of America from 2011-2013. In addition, Mike is a two time Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2012 and 2016, and served on the New York Leadership Council and National Millennial Council for 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton.

Mike Corbett was elected President of the New York State Young Democrats in May of 2014 and became the first person re-elected to that position in over a decade in 2016.

Sam Hudis

Sam Hudis

YDA Northeast Region Director

Sam Hudis is a seven-year member of Manhattan Young Democrats, New York State Young Democrats, and the Young Democrats of America. He has served in the past as Chair of the YDA Jewish Caucus and as a member of the YDA Campaign Committee, where he worked to identify and disperse YDA donations to worthy Young and Youth affiliated Democratic candidates in close general elections fights. Since 2009, Sam has attended every regularly scheduled meeting of the Young Democrats of America National Committee, and is ready to provide stability to NYSYD’s representation at YDA and to use his YDA experience to hit the ground running.

Sam is a born and raised native Manhattanite and is on the executive board of his local Democratic club, Community Free Democrats. A graduate of George Washington University and graduate student at Hunter College, Sam works as a Geospatial Analyst for the campaign finance research and data mining firm Competitive Advantage Research, and for Hunter College’s Center for Advanced Research of Spatial Information, where he is working with the New York City Council on a creating a building by building geodatabase of the city of New York, in order to assist policymakers in modeling the effect of rezoning on existing communities.

Claudia Stankiewicz

Claudia Stankiewicz

College Democrats of New York President

Coming soon.