Executive Board

Jovan Richards

Jovan Richards

President

YDA Northeast Region Director

Jovan C. Richards has been labeled an Entertainment, Political and Hospitality Professional.

Jovan is known for specializing in the performing and media arts, coordinating media strategies for political and non-profit organizations, and finally, the art and science of mixology.  Currently, Jovan is proud to be working with companies and organizations like The New York Yankees, The Prudential Center in New Jersey, LMC-TV, and the Whitney Media Radio Stations. Jovan is also the Vice President of a national non-profit organization, Operation Prom. In addition, he serves as an Executive Board Member of the New York State Young Democrats.

Jovan has been featured on Patch.com, Broadwayworld.com, The Journal News, News 12 Westchester & Long Island, Good Morning Westchester on WVOX, Verizon Fios 1 News Hudson Valley, and Larchmont-Mamaroneck and New Rochelle Public Access Channels. He has also received numerous recognitions for his work, which includes a Producer of the Year award for his work on The Drop Your Jaw Improv Comedy TV Show and the Inaugural Rookie of the Year for The New York State Young Democrats. Finally, Jovan is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. To learn more about Jovan and his work, please visit his website at www.jovancrichards.com.

Tyler White

Tyler White

Executive Vice President

Tyler White, is an Afro-Latina from Southeast Queens. She has lived in both Queens & the Bronx and, during her formative years, she was exposed to a variety of diverse communities through her education around New York City and Long Island. She began participating in Young Dem activities with her local chapter of QCYD & served as a delegate for Queens at the 2016 Convention. At this time, she volunteered to serve as the Treasurer for the NYSYD Caucus of Color, a position she had to leave once chosen to serve as NYSYD Chief of Staff in April 2018. As Chief of Staff, Tyler is known for her candor, analytical skills, and non-judgemental point of view. She has built trust and respect amongst her colleagues and they look to her for real answers without the threat of pretension.

Outside of NYSYD, Tyler worked as a staffer for the late State Senator Jose R. Peralta and Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman where she served as a liaison between the community and their representative. During her time with Sen. Peralta, she coordinated Immigration Forums for the 13th Senate District to help empower the community & combat fear perpetrated by the actions of the Federal Government. She is passionate about the communities she works for and the impact she can be part of.

Currently, Tyler is an entrepreneur. Utilizing her skills to bring people together and adapt to different communities, she built a company with her husband, Randall Acosta. ShenanigansNY, Inc. is a board game event service that is available for corporate events, private parties, and public board game nights. For their public events, ShenanigansNY partners with locally owned bars, restaurants & lounges to host board game nights throughout NYC & Long Island. They pride themselves on being a place where people of all backgrounds, employment, and ideologies can find a place to converse and have fun.

Tyler holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she graduated as a member of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. She loves to travel and is fluent in English & Spanish, conversational in Japanese & Korean, & dabbles in Greek & Tagalog.

Amanda Pizzuti

Amanda Pizzuti

Acting Treasurer

Amanda Pizzuti is currently Treasurer of the New York State Young Democrats, having previously served as the organization’s National Committeewoman and Council of President’s Chair. Additionally, she has held various finance positions with the Young Democrats of America, but her proudest Young Democrats accomplishment was founding the Brooklyn Young Democrats in 2010, and serving as their President until 2013.

Professionally, Amanda has most currently served as the Compliance Manager for President-elect Joe Biden. Before joining the campaign, Amanda worked as a political fundraising and compliance consultant for various candidates and organizations including the New York County Democratic Committee, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congressman Charles Rangel, Assemblyman Keith Wright, former Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, and Congressman Tom Suozzi.

Amanda has been active in electoral politics since Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2006 re-election campaign and continues to be a strong supporter of Secretary Clinton. She went on to serve as a fundraising and grassroots outreach intern on Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, based in the New York office, and organized trips to New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. Later that year, she became Scheduler and Deputy Finance Director for Kristen McElroy’s State Senate campaign in Nassau County.

Amanda is a lifelong New York City resident and is active in her parish church in Brooklyn. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Fordham College at Lincoln Center and a Master’s degree in Elections and Campaign Management also from Fordham University in New York.

Brian Garcia

Secretary

Brian is a member of the Broome County Young Democrats and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Binghamton University.

Brian previously served as the NYSYD Central Region VP, and a chapter president in College Young Democrats. It was during his tenure as CRVP that he won the 2018 Rookie of the Year Award. His first experience was on the Kim Myers for Congress campaign, and he went on to work as a paid organizer for local elections in rural areas. At 19, he became the youngest member of his county committee. His passions include healthcare access, education, and LGBTQ issues.

Stephanie Campanha Wheaton

Stephanie Campanha Wheaton

National Committee Member

YDA Meetings Director

I don’t want to be here.

Andrew Goldston

Andrew Goldston

National Committeemember

Coming soon.

Matthew Barron

Matthew Barron

Capital Region Vice President

Matthew Barron has been a resident of Albany County since 1998. He has worked on multiple levels of politics in New York and New Jersey. His first experience in the world of politics was an internship with US Senator Charles E. Schumer’s office in Albany during college. Graduating from Rider University in 2012 with a Double Major in History and Political Science, he immediately started working for the New Jersey Democratic Committee. In the fall of 2013, he decided to move home to Albany County, and began to work for the New York State Assembly in the spring of 2014. Matt is an adamant Ultimate Frisbee Player, and occasional trivia champ.

Christina Cramer

Christina Cramer

Central Region Vice President

Broome County Young Democrats President

Christina first jumped into local politics as Deputy of Operations with Tarik Abdelazim for City of Binghamton Mayor. She has since become an active committee member on the Broome County Democratic Committee. She has managed, advised, and volunteered on multiple campaigns per election cycle – from legislative and village races to Anthony Brindisi for Congress. She currently serves as President of Broome County Young Democrats, Central Region Vice President for NYSYD, and Northeast Region Director with the Young Democrats of America Rural Caucus.

Professionally, Christina is the Program Coordinator at the Broome County Department of Planning. In this role, she focuses on housing and community services, specifically advocating for racial and economic equity. This work ranges from direct casework with local service providers to grant writing to coordinating across municipalities on specific projects. Christina also serves as a representative and primary liaison to a number of local boards and strategic initiatives, such as the Broome County Safe Housing Task Force, the Broome County Land Bank, and the Ross Park Zoo Board of Directors.

Christina holds a Master of Public Administration from Binghamton University. She enjoys traveling, Harry Potter, and Korean pop music.

Justin Westbrook-Lowery

Justin Westbrook-Lowery

Downstate Region Vice President

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.

Harry Bittker

Harry Bittker

Hudson Valley Region Vice President

Coming Soon.

Robert Drumm

Robert Drumm

Northern Region Vice President

Herkimer County Young Democrats President

Coming soon

Conor Flynn

Conor Flynn

Western Vice President

A business-focused attorney, Conor is both a public servant and an advocate for regional economic development. He earned my bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology from the University of Rochester and a law degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law. Now, he works for UB’s Technology Transfer Office, where he negotiates research contracts between the university and pharmaceutical companies to help Western New Yorkers access experimental, life-saving treatments. As Town Councilman for Orchard Park. Conor is proud to work hard to make Orchard Park a safe, livable place for families

Julia Elmaleh-Sachs

Julia Elmaleh-Sachs

Legal Director

Born and raised in the East Village of Manhattan (before it was trendy to live there), Julia made the big move across the East River to Brooklyn during her third year of law school in 2015 and has never looked back. Julia attended the University of Maryland-College Park for her undergraduate degree and majored in Government and Politics. Her proximity to Washington, D.C. allowed her to pursue an internship at the White House in First Lady Michelle Obama’s office. Julia was so inspired and impressed by the Obama Administration’s dedication and genuine concern for the American people that she deferred law school for a year to work on President Obama’s reelection campaign at headquarters in Chicago. During law school at Hofstra University, Julia interned at the Democratic National Committee in the Voting Rights Project during the devastating 2014 Midterm Elections. That election, as well as that-which-shall-not-be-named (2016), really highlighted for her how critical and underrated local elections are. As such, Julia is thrilled to be working with the Brooklyn Young Democrats to get more young Brooklynites excited and energized about state and local politicians! When she is not convincing her friends to canvass for progressive candidates instead of going to brunch at French Louie, Julia works as a staff attorney of the Juvenile Rights Practice at The Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn.

Madeline Thibault

Madeline Thibault

Council of Presidents Chair

St. Lawrence County Young Democrats President

Madeline Thibault is a senior studying English at St. Lawrence University graduating in May 2019. Currently, she is working as a Team Leader and Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Campus Program advocating for an increase in voter turnout on St. Lawrence University’s campus. Her passion for civic involvement and making in a change in people’s lives around her began when she was young but has since grown to a wider scale. She believes that voting is paramount to creating a democratic society and that increasing voter turnout, education, and accessibility across the board can make that change. During the 2018 election cycle, Madeline was the former Lead Intern and a Field Organizer for Tedra Cobb for Congress, and in 2016 a former field intern for Sara Niccoli for State Senate. She was the Secretary of the St. Lawrence University Democrats and is currently the Secretary of the St. Lawrence University PLEN Chapter. Madeline has also interned with Renewal House—a domestic violence and sexual assault agency, and interned with the New York State Museum and their Museum Club while living in Albany.