Chief of Staff
YDA Disability Caucus Treasurer
Seamus Campbell currently serves as the NYSYD Chief of Staff and YDA Disability Caucus Treasurer. 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.
Dori Ann Pliska
Downstate Communications Director
Ulster County Young Democrats President
Chapter Development Director
Deputy Legal Director
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.
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.
Caucus of Color Co-Chair
YDA Black Caucus Vice Chairwoman
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.
YDA Black Caucus Treasurer
YDA Labor Caucus Male Vice Chair
Justin A. Westbrook-Lowery is a sophomore at Fordham University, who is majoring in political science. He is a graduate of Xavier High School, which is a Jesuit Catholic institution located in Manhattan, where he was the first openly gay president of the student body. He has been an intern for NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx), Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx), and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Justin has participated in nearly every election cycle, since Bill Thompson’s 2009 mayoral campaign, as a proud volunteer. He currently serves on the boards of several clubs and institutions. He has been the youngest member of Bronx Community Board 9, since he was appointed in 2015, and is the Vice Chair of the Social Services and Housing Committee. He serves on the boards of the Stonewall Democrat Club of NYC, the Bronx Borough President’s LGBTQ Policy Task Force, and is the First Vice President of the Bronx Young Democrats. He is also the recipient of the 2017 NYSYD Rookie of the Year.
YDA College Caucus Vice Chair
Mashaal Bhatti is a freshman from the University of Albany, majoring in public policy. She began organizing in late 2015 when she assisted in the launch of a successful lobbying campaign for the construction of a new school building for her high school. Since then, she has played a key role in numerous political campaigns for progressive Democrats across New York City. She is currently a regional organizing fellow with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s re-election campaign. In addition of serving as the Secretary for the Caucus of Color of her state chapter, Mashaal also remains active in her local chapter as chair of the High School Caucus. There she encourages high school and college students to be involved in local politics and to take action on the issues effecting them.
College Democrats of New York President