2014 Executive Board


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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 has served as the Communications Director for the College Democrats of Connecticut and spent the summer with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  On campus, she works in Branford College and in the Yale Secretary’s Office. Becca spends her free time relaxing on the beach, drinking sweet tea, and defending her political views.




Vice President – Ray Noonan


Ray, SY ’15, is a history major from Cheshire, Connecticut. Before he was Vice-President, Ray was the Dems’ Elections Coordinator and volunteered on Elizabeth Esty’s state representative campaign. He has spent two summers at nonprofits in New Haven and works with the Yale College Council Task Force on Mental Health. Ray also enjoys creative writing, playing bridge, and loving the great state of Connecticut.



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Treasurer – Thomas Veitch


Thomas, PC ’15, is a psychology major from Carlisle, Massachusetts. He is interested in how people think about politics and how research on the mind can be used to improve our political systems. Outside of Dems, he plays horn in the Yale Symphony Orchestra and is Co-Director of the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, an educational partnership between Yale and New Haven.






Legislative Coordinator – Jacob Wasserman


Jacob, SY ’16, is a history and political science double major from University Park, Maryland. With interests in transportation issues and voting reform, Jacob has worked as an intern for Senator Barbara Mikulski and an organizing fellow for the 2012 Obama campaign. Outside of the Dems, he edits The Yale Historical Review and fumbles his way through quizbowl competitions. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys hiking, watching vintage Seinfeld, and talking about his Jewfro.



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Elections Coordinator – 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.  After 2010, however, Tyler switched to working exclusively for Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren, Chris Murphy, Alder Sarah Eidelson, and the recipient of his first ballot, President Barack Obama. Tyler spent last summer as a fundraising and research intern for Georgia Equality, and, if you dare ask him, he will gladly tell you why Georgia is unquestionably the greatest state in the nation.



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Campus and Community Coordinator – Maxwell Ulin


Maxwell, TD ’17, heralds from Santa Monica, California, where it has not snowed since 1941.  In the past, Maxwell has campaigned for President Barack Obama and Congresswoman Julia Brownley.  He also campaigned in New Haven this past year to reelect Alderwomen Jeanette Morrison and Sarah Eidelson.  In addition to College Dems, Maxwell is involved on campus with the Independent Party of the Yale Political Union and is a member of the Ward 22 Democratic Committee in New Haven.  His favorite pastimes include reading, watching “The Daily Show”, walking on his hands, and listening to outdated show tunes.




Communications Director – Lily Sawyer-Kaplan


Lily, ES ’17, is from New Haven, and probably had one of the shortest commutes on move-in day.  She has campaigned and volunteered for President Obama, Chris Murphy, Elizabeth Esty, and even John Kerry. On campus she writes and blogs for The Politic, copy-edits for the YDN, and works at the Yale University Art Gallery. When not obsessing about politics, Lily loves binge watching NetFlix dramas, drinking Blue State’s Chaider, and baking cookies.





Events Coordinator – Azeezat Adeleke


Azeezat, BK ’17, grew up in the great liberal state of Maryland, not too far away from D.C. Her interest in politics was sparked by the energy of the 2008 Presidential Election. Azeezat has served as an intern for House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and as a page in the Maryland State Senate. She is a prospective Political Science major. At Yale Azeezat writes for The Politic and participates in L.E.A.D. When she isn’t doing any of those things, Azeezat watches British dramas, listens to Korean pop music, and spends too much time on twitter..


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Membership Coordinator – Fish Stark


Fish, JE ’17, has been canvassing since he could walk and phonebanking since he could talk, working on progressive campaigns in his hometown of Fremont, California. Fish has worked as an intern in the House of Representatives, and as an organizer on the Elicker for Mayor campaign in New Haven and on congressional campaigns back home. At Yale, Fish is a tutor with Squash Haven, a member of JECC, and the executive director of the Teaching Peace Initiative, a nonprofit focused on youth organizing and peace education. In his spare time, he enjoys going to theatre shows, doing stand-up, and reading Politico.



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