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Liz Cohen

Liz Cohen

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Interim Executive Vice President

Reed Cleland

Reed Cleland

Reed ‘RC’ Cleland is a lifelong Upstater, with roots in the Village of Homer since 2005. He was first exposed to politics as a junior in high school, when the Homer American Legion Post 465 nominated him as a delegate to New York Boys’ State 2017. As a senior, he gained early hands-on experience in local government after interning for then-Clerk of the Legislature, Eric Mulvihill, and working in the office of then-Mayor of the City of Cortland, Brian Tobin. After graduating from Homer Central Schools in 2018, Reed earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, where he received summa cum laude with Honors Distinction.

Since graduating from Colgate in 2022, Reed is happy to have returned to Cortland County, a region he envisions as his lifelong home. He works as a full-time Substitute Teacher for Homer Central Schools, and he is the Club Advisor to Homer High School’s Shakespearean & Thespian Society, where he directs two theatrical productions per year. He is a Co-Chair of the Cortland County Youth Board, works as an academic tutor for CNY Tutoring, and volunteers with the Cortland County Democratic Committee and the Cortland County League of Women Voters. In moments of spare time, he can be found performing with the Center Players or enjoying long walks around the village with Gia and Phoebe.

Kat Achibar

Kat Achibar

Kathleen, who also goes by Kat, started her journey in politics in 2017, working on a Judicial re-election Campaign for Buffalo City Court Judge Betty Calvo-Torres, the first Latina to serve on the Buffalo City Court bench appointed by Mayor Byron W. Brown. During her time in politics, Kathleen has worked on numerous political campaigns in Western New York at the Federal, State, and Local level. As a political staffer, she has worked for New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer. She is now a Senior Associate at Bolton St. Johns LLC.

Kathleen was raised in Syosset, NY, and is a graduate of the University at Buffalo. She is the WNY VP of the New York State Young Democrats and serves on the Eleanor’s Legacy Innovation Council.

Colton Mennig

Colton Mennig

Colton was born and raised in Central New York. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, and his Master of Public Policy from American University. He’s also currently working toward his Master of Science for Teachers in Childhood Education from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Colton has been involved in politics and policy since middle school when he advocated for greater funding for public schools. Since then, Colton has worked with lawmakers in Washington, DC to support the interests of Central New York and New York State as a whole. He also worked in climate education and advocacy with the Climate Reality Project, where he supported programs that empowered local leaders across the globe to help implement climate friendly projects and policies in their own communities. Colton is passionate about making space for young people in the rooms where decisions are made, advocating for greater youth involvement in local committees and supporting the election of young leaders to local, state, and federal offices.

If you can’t find Colton knocking doors, you’ll find him passionately teaching his elementary students or traveling the world.

Stephanie Campanha Wheaton

Stephanie Campanha Wheaton

Stephanie Campanha Wheaton is a first-generation American, raised in New Jersey and Pennsylvania but very much a New Yorker. Her middle name means “campaign” in Portuguese and she got her start rallying for candidates in her parent’s home country of Brasil and eventually went on to study political science at Boston University. She has served on the board of her home chapter of the Brooklyn Young Democrats and as National Committee Representative and Meetings Director for the New York State Young Democrats. She also served as Meetings Director for YDA from 2019-2021 and acted as the Chair of the Convention Planning Committee for the Cincinnati Convention.

She is dedicated to public service and has worked in government for the majority of her career – mostly for Attorney General Letitia James. She also worked as the Senior National Surrogate Scheduler on the Bernie 2020 Presidential campaign – the first national campaign to unionize their staff. She is currently a member of SSEU 371 and works in the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment. She is deeply dedicated to progressive politics and ensuring a lasting legacy for YDA because she knows that we must leave this organization better for those who come next.

She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, a paramedic for the Fire Department of New York, and her two cats, River and Rio.

Jacob Tyson

Jacob Tyson

Jacob (Jake) Tyson is an attorney with experience in complex litigation and government investigations, as well as pro bono experience in access to healthcare and prisoner and immigrant rights. He has previously served boards in drafting or reviewing policies and procedures and overseeing internal misconduct procedures.

Jake is particularly passionate about access to housing, criminal justice reform, and promoting a balanced, diverse, and equitable judiciary at every level. He is also a member of the American Constitution Society and a graduate of both the University of Rochester and The George Washington University Law School.

In his free time, you can find Jake exploring a local park with his best friend: his dog, Ashland.

Christina Cramer

Christina Cramer

Christina currently serves as Treasurer for the New York State Young Democrats and President of Broome County Young Democrats. She first jumped into local politics as Deputy of Operations with Tarik Abdelazim for City of Binghamton Mayor in 2017. She has since managed, advised, and volunteered on multiple campaigns per election cycle.

Professionally, Christina is Senior Manager of Engagement and Partnerships with Full Frame Initiative, a national non-profit focused on shifting the systems in the United States toward a country where everyone has a fair shot at wellbeing. In this role, she does a whole host of project management, event planning, and executive level administration in support of strategic goals. She previously worked in local government in county planning and county executive admin with a focus on housing and community advocacy.

Christina holds a Master of Public Administration from Binghamton University. She enjoys traveling, BTS, and books of all flavors.