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Patrick Jordan

Patrick Jordan

President Emeritus

Andy Buder

Andrew Buder

Andrew W. Buder, Esq. is a new member of the NYSYD Board but is not a newcomer to involvement in the Democratic Party. Andy, as he is commonly known, currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Westchester County Democratic Committee, Vice-Chair of the New Rochelle Democratic Committee, Vice President of the Westchester Young Democrats, and as a Member of the New York State Democratic Committee Law Committee. He has done extensive work on voter protection issues including a decade of involvement with the New York Democratic Lawyers Council in various roles including Regional Voter Protection Director for the Lower Hudson Valley and with the 2020 Florida Coordinated Campaign as Logistics Team Lead for Palm Beach County. Andy has extensive campaign experience with candidates including George Latimer, Shelley Mayer, Noam Bramson, and Damon Maher. A graduate of the University of Maryland and Brooklyn Law School, Andy currently serves as Counsel to State Senator Shelley Mayer and maintains a small private practice. Andy is also Chair of the New Rochelle LGBTQ Advisory Board.

Justin Westbrook-Lowery

Justin Westbrook-Lowery

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.

Brian Garcia

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.

Mohammed Alam

Mohammed Alam

Mohammed is a graduate from The City College of New York, with a B.A. in Political Science. He helped establish and was President of the Roosevelt Institute Chapter, and was elected Executive Vice President of the student body. Mohammed has previously worked for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel, and NYC Speaker Christine Quinn. Mohammed has also worked in The White House, the New York Attorney General’s Office, and the Center for American Progress. He is currently a law student at the University at Buffalo School of Law. Just prior, he worked as the External Affairs Manager at the Center for Court Innovation, which promotes new thinking about criminal justice reform. On a voluntary basis Mohammed served as a Finance Council Member with Hillary for America, is a New Leaders Fellow at the Carnegie Council, and recently completed a tenure as President of the Manhattan Young Democrats.

Seamus Campbell

Seamus Campbell

Seamus Campbell is a native Brooklynite who currently serves as a National Committee Member. Seamus began his tenure in the Young Democrats by co-founding the current iteration of the Brooklyn Young Democrats and serving as its founding Secretary. Since then, he has served in various state and national Young Democrats positions including New York State Young Democrats (NYSYD) Deputy Director of Communications, NYSYD Press Secretary YDA Northeast Regional Communications Director YDA Disability Issues Caucus Treasurer, and NYSYD Disability Issues Caucus Chair (for three non-consecutive terms), YDA Disability Issues Caucus Chair. He has also served as Webmaster of the New York State Democratic Committee and a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Seamus is also a member of the Kings County Democratic Committee, from the 52nd Assembly District – which consistently has the highest voter turnout in the state – and is a board member of the Democratic club for the district – the Independent Neighborhood Democrats.

Seamus has worked for numerous candidates and elected officials, as a web programmer and communications consultant, including former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senate and Assembly candidate Jason Otaño, Orangetown Receiver of Taxes and Town Council Candidate Christopher Smith, State Senator Roxanne Persaud, Brooklyn District Attorney candidate Anne Swern, Manhattan Democratic District Leader Mike Corbett, and Democratic State Committeeman and New York City Council candidate Kevin Peter Carroll. Seamus works full-time as the Website Coordinator at The City College of New York where he has developed a sub-specialty in developing websites and digital content that are accessible for persons with disabilities. In his free time, he co-hosts a podcast called Campbell and Cohen’s Kooky Quarantine and produces another one entitled From City to the World. In 2020, he and some friends from YDA started their own political action committee named “Dog PAC.”

In 2010, Seamus was named a “Hero of Reform” by Bill Samuels, founder of the New Roosevelt Initiative and EffectiveNY; and, in 2012, he was named a “Buffoon of the Week” by the Brooklyn GOP.

Seamus holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Science from Fordham University and a master’s degree in Political Management from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, where he is a member of the Golden Key honor society and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Jovan C. Richards

Jovan Richards

Jovan C. Richards is an Entertainment, Political, and Hospitality Professional. He specializes in government relations, communications, political consulting, non-profit advocacy and volunteerism, and the art of mixology.

Jovan currently serves as the Media & Government Relations Manager for the NYS Society of CPAs; the President for the NYS Young Democrats; the Executive Director for the Westchester County Democratic Committee; the Vice President of Operation Prom National Network; and the Northeast Regional Director for the Young Democrats of America.

Before becoming active in politics, Jovan spent a majority of his time dedicated to the arts. He has performed all over the world, including in Scotland and London.

Jovan also has an extensive career in the radio, film, and television industries. He has worked in front of and behind the camera for commercials, films, and sitcoms. Jovan has hosted numerous radio talk shows and podcasts throughout the New York Metro area.

Jovan has worked with or been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the New York Post, City & State New York, Spectrum News, Broadway World, the Journal News (LoHud.com), News 12 Westchester, News 12 Long Island, Fios 1 News Hudson Valley, Patch.com, WVOX-AM, WVIP-FM, Westchester Radio, Westchester Talk Radio, and Public Access Channels throughout the Hudson Valley.

Outside of Jovan’s work in politics and the arts, Jovan is a Mixology Expert and a training Sommelier. He has had the honor of working with spirit brands such as Bulliet Bourbon, Tres Agaves Tequila, Goslings Rum, Shipwreck Rum, and White Girl Rosé. He has also designed cocktail menus for places like Yankee Stadium, the Prudential Center, and Hilton Hotels.

Jovan studied Film and Video at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, New York.

Patrick Jordan

Patrick Jordan

As the President of New York State Young Democrats, Patrick Jordan brought a wealth of experience to the New York State Young Democrats. Previously having served the Political Director and Downstate Vice President of NYSYD and as the Executive Vice President of the Queens County Young Democrats, where he was, to date, the longest-serving Executive Board member.

Patrick has worked on Democratic campaigns all over the state – ranging from city council all the way to congressional races. One of his proudest moments was working as Campaign Manager for former Queens Council Member Mark Weprin.

Currently, he serves on the re-election campaign of Council Member Paul Vallone. Prior to that, Patrick worked as the Field Director for State Senator Todd Kaminksy’s 2016 re-election campaign, and has worked in the Office of the NYC Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James as an Outreach Coordinator with a focus on Queens.