Caucus of Color Chair
College Caucus Chair
Disability Issues Caucus Chair
Kenny Burr is the Chair of the New York State Disability Issues Caucus. He is also the Chair of the Westchester Young Democrats Disability Caucus. Nationally, he is a member of the DNC Youth Disability Council. He is also a Democratic District Leader in the City of White Plains. Kenny has volunteered for a variety of political campaigns throughout the state. Kenny believes that people with disabilities deserve to have a voice when it comes to policy making.
High School Caucus Chair
Jewish Caucus Chair
Dana Koenigsberg is a life-long Staten Islander, currently serving with the Young Democrats of Richmond County. Her interests focus on humanitarianism, social/racial justice, women’s issues, education, environmental conservation, and disability rights. Growing up in a special needs household has been a significant influence in Dana’s motivation to participate in the community and help others.
Dana received her childhood education from New York City public schools. At 15 years old, she participated as a student ambassador to Japan through the People-to-People Program, originally founded by President Eisenhower. This sparked an avid interest in travel as a means to form connections between people from different places and cultures.
Dana is currently a member of the United Federation of Teachers and speech-language provider/teacher of speech for the Department of Education.
In addition to her work/politics life, Dana is an eager volunteer, avid reader, dedicated runner, and musician/arts enthusiast.
LGBTQ+ Caucus Chair
Rural Caucus Chair
Genesee County Young Democrats President
Sammy DiSalvo is the two-term Rural Caucus Chair. He has worked with his county democratic committee as the lead in multiple sub-committees, has run as a candidate in local elections, and has worked to help elect Democrats in rural areas. With NYSYD, he has worked to help organize the Rural Caucus and will be continuing working to organize Rural Young Democrats. He has also served on the NYSYD Board for the past 2 years.
Women's Caucus Chair
Malynda V. Rascoe is a well-respected Political Strategist and Influencer. She serves on local and national Democratic campaigns with the primary goal of electing skilled, competent, and qualified candidates. As an Activist, she uses her platform to provide social awareness, civic engagement, and solutions on issues that are most relevant to overlooked and misunderstood communities.
Malynda is uncompromising and relentless as it pertains to educating and uplifting Women, as well as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). This is illustrated through her roles as the Chair of the New York State Young Democrats Caucus of Color; where she represents Black and Brown young adults, ages 16-36 across 62 counties. In addition, she serves as the Brooklyn Young Democrats (BYD) Women’s Caucus Chair, as well as an At-Large Board Member with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Brooklyn Branch. Malynda is also active in hyper-local politics in her community of Downtown Brooklyn, New York.
Malynda is a vocal animal rights and climate justice Activist. In addition, with regards to health and wellness, she actively promotes a vegan/plant-based lifestyle. As a result of changing her diet, she has reversed her risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and hypertension.
Malynda’s life story is similar to that of many Women. She was raised in foster care and the juvenile justice system; both, in addition to overcoming rape, domestic violence, low self-esteem, and homelessness. While these adversities were tough, Malynda has never wavered or made excuses for herself. Instead, she uses her life experiences as motivation to achieve her personal goals; while empowering other Women who share similar stories to run for public office and win.
Educationally, Malynda holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Administration, along with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She hopes to begin law school next fall to focus on Public Interest. Her ultimate goals are to serve in a White House Cabinet position, and later, as a United States Supreme Court Justice.
Labor Task Force Chair
Rachel Bruce is a young professional, public servant, community activist, and Democratic strategist born and raised in the Hudson Valley. She currently serves as Chair of the Labor Task Force for New York State Young Democrats.
The daughter of two union members, Rachel developed an early passion for public service and improving her community. She currently works in state government and previously served as Policy Advisor for Economic Development and Housing under the Executive Chamber where she oversaw and carried out major economic development initiatives under the Governor’s Office, authored State of the State policy, and helped draft the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection act of 2019. Within NYSYD, Rachel also serves as Vice Chair of the Women’s Caucus and at home serves as Policy Chair of the Young Democrats of Orange County, which she co-founded and helped recharter in 2021.
Rachel has served on various local, state, and federal campaigns including as a volunteer regional organizer for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign as well as Social Media Director and Internship Coordinator for Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick’s 2020 campaign. She has also served as a longtime intern and volunteer for Senator James Skoufis. She is a member of the Orange County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee as well as her town’s Democratic committee. She is heavily involved causes surrounding environmental protection, transportation access, land preservation, the arts, and sustainability, serving as Co-Chair of her Village’s Land Preservation Committee.
Rachel is a 2018 graduate of Bryn Mawr College where she majored in the Growth and Structure of Cities and was elected to the highest level of her college’s Self-Government Association. She is currently pursuing her Master of City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania where she is concentrating in Community and Economic Development. In her free time, she enjoys playing and performing music, cooking, drawing, and biking with friends and family.