2013 Executive Board
President – Nicole Hobbs
Nicole, ES’14, is a history major from Branford, Connecticut. She has served as Elections Coordinator, co-Legislative Coordinator, Treasurer, and Communications Director for the Dems. In addition to her work for the Yale Dems, she is also President of the College Democrats of Connecticut. At Yale she was also involved in running the Yale Model Congress Conference for high school students and she is Head Master’s Aide for Ezra Stiles College. In high school she assisted in local town campaigns and was invited to speak at the Connecticut Earth Day Youth Forum. In her spare time she loves to read and relax on the beach.
Vice President – Becca Ellison
Becca, BR’15, is a political science major originally from Charleston, South Carolina. Along with her work in the Yale Dems, Becca is currently serving as the Communications Director for the College Democrats of Connecticut. On campus, she is also involved with the Yale International Relations Association and works as a Master’s Aide in Branford College. Becca spends her free time relaxing on the beach, drinking sweet tea, and defending her political views.
Treasurer – Eric Stern
Eric, PC’15, is a political science major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Eric is interested in redistricting and campaign finance reform, and worked this past summer for The Campaign Legal Center, a Washington-based nonprofit. Before serving as Communications Director, Eric worked as an intern for US Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) as well as an intern for the Senatorial campaign of Joe Sestak. At Yale, Eric is active with the The Politic, West Wing Weekly and Squash Haven.
Legislative Coordinator – Sterling Johnson
Sterling, SY’15, is originally from Dallas, Texas and a political science major. Before serving as Legislative Coordinator, he served as the Campus and Community Coordinator. In addition to his work in the Yale College Democrats, he is also the Social Justice Network Membership Coordinator for Dwight Hall at Yale , overseeing institutional resources for Social Justice Network groups, and is a Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance Fellow, sparking discussions of nonprofit life and careers on campus. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about the technology industry, telling stories, and a good laugh.
Elections Coordinator – Ray Noonan
Ray, SY ‘15, is a history major from Cheshire, Connecticut. Before serving as Elections Coordinator, Ray was an intern for Elizabeth Esty’s state congressional campaign and assisted a variety of state and local races. He is also a research assistant in the Economics department and has worked at New Haven Reads as a President’s Public Service Fellow. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and loving the great state of Connecticut.
Campus and Community Coordinator – Thomas Veitch
Thomas, PC ‘15, is originally from Carlisle, Massachusetts and plans to complete the neuroscience track of the psychology major. Before becoming CCC, he served as co-captain for out-of-state canvassing. He is passionate about social justice and worked last summer at Funders Together to End Homelessness. He also plays French horn in the Yale Symphony Orchestra and works in Yale’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications. His favorite pastimes include reading, watching 30 Rock and Arrested Development, and discovering new desserts in Yale’s dining halls.
Communications Director – Tyler Blackmon
Tyler, JE ’16, hails from Rising Fawn, Georgia, where he began his political endeavors as a proud member of the GOP, even campaigning for Georgia’s current Republican governor, Nathan Deal. After 2010, however, Tyler rapidly changed his belief system and by the 2012 election cycle was in full campaign mode for Democrats across the nation, including the recipient of his first ballot, President Barack Obama. Outside his work with the Dems, Tyler volunteers with the VITA tax program for New Haven residents, works on the always-mysterious Spring Fling Committee, and participates in the occasional theater performance.
Events Coordinator – Will Conlon
Will, ES ’16, hails from Cornwall, Vermont. He worked as a page in the United States Senate in the Spring of 2011 and spent the fall of his freshman year in college campaigning with the Yale Dems for Chris Murphy, Elizabeth Warren, and Barack Obama. At Yale, he is also involved in the club ultimate Frisbee team, the club Nordic ski team, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for low-income New Haven residents. In his spare time, Will enjoys cross-country skiing, listening to the Avett Brothers, and hiking in Vermont’s Green Mountains.
Membership Coordinator – Austin Bryniarski
Austin, CC’16, hails from the city of Park Ridge, IL, a rather conservative suburb of Chicago and the former stomping grounds of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Other than serving as Membership Coordinator for the Dems, Austin also enjoys his bagel brunches, browsing Politico, food policy, and a good sweater. When he is not at a Dems event, you will likely find Austin spending his time in student government or fine-tuning his procrastination skills.