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Ex-Officio, Appointed, and YDA Officers

Patrick Jordan

Patrick Jordan

President Emeritus

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.

Seamus Campbell

Seamus Campbell

YDA Disability Issues Caucus Chair

YDA Deputy Technology Director/Technology, Training, and Digital Integration Committee Vice Chair

National Committee Member

Chief of Staff

Seamus Campbell is a native Brooklynite who currently serves as a National Committee Member and Young Democrats of America Disability Issues Caucus in addition to serving as the Chair of the Democratic National Committee‘s Youth Disability Council. 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) and as a web developer for the Young Democrats of America Tech Team. 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.

Mohammed Alam

Mohammed Alam

Western Vice President

YDA Vice President

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.

Jovan C. Richards

Jovan Richards

President

YDA Northeast Region Director

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.

Sam Hudis

Sam Hudis

YDA International Affairs Chair

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.

Stephanie Campanha Wheaton

Stephanie Campanha Wheaton

National Committee Member

YDA Meetings Director

I don’t want to be here.