College Democrats of New York is the official college outreach wing of the New York State Democratic party. As an affiliate of College Democrats of America, our goal is to empower young progressives one student at a time. We are committed to electing strong progressive Democrats in the state of New York and across the country.
Kevin Fox is a Senior at the University at Albany. After high school, Kevin took two 'gap years' and was a Corps Member in AmeriCorps National Community Community Corps, and a wild-land firefighter for the US Forest Service in Colorado.
Before becoming President, Kevin served as the CDNY Political Director and University at Albany Chapter President. He was also an intern at US Senator Michael Bennet's DC office.
He is heavily involved in student government. He served as Stonybrook and UAlbany's representative to the SUNY Student Association's Executive committee. In appreciation of his work, he was the recipient of the Best University Center Representative award for the year of 2012-2013.
His hobbies include running, community service, the C-SPAN drinking game, and making Republicans cry.
Daniel is a senior at Marist College studying both Communication and Political Science. He is a delegate to the Democratic National Convention (NY-22), works as an Assembly staffer and previously served a three year term on the New Paltz Central School District Board of Education a position he was elected to while still in high school.
Daniel grew up in New Paltz, New York, where he has worked on a number of campaigns at all levels of government. He is a co-founder and the current President of the Marist College Democrats as well as an avid photographer.
Colin Crowley is a senior majoring in Political Science and Philosophy at Syracuse University, and currently serves as Political Director for CDNY. He is also the President of the College Democrats chapter at Syracuse. His experience includes previously serving as Central NY Region Chair for CDNY, perpetually interning with Senator Schumer's Central NY office, researching economic development strategies with his local Chamber of Commerce, and working with a variety of campaigns including: Obama for America, Dan Maffei for Congress (NY-24), Kathy Hochul for Congress (formerly NY-26), Matt Zeller for Congress (formerly NY-29), as well as a handful of state and local campaigns in the Syracuse area.
Colin is a born and bred Upstate New Yorker, having lived in Elmira and the Southern Tier for his entire life before heading to Syracuse for college. He plans to put his knowledge of the political culture in New York to good use for CDNY and each individual chapter. Additionally, he enjoys intellectually humiliating libertarians wherever possible.
Joe Messmer is a Junior at the University of Albany studying Public Policy concentrated in Public Administration and with a minor in Political Science. He only has one year of College Democrats experience, but it was packed full of campaign trips and political action. He's participated in two Congressional races and several local to state level campaigns. Joe is currently, in addition to Secretary, the Vice President of the College Democrats of UAlbany, which was recently awarded "Chapter of the Year" by the College Democrats of America.
Joe was born in Buffalo, NY and moved to Texas at age eight. It was then he learned how terrible (and hysterical) Republicans are and pledged to move back to New York and work in Democratic politics.
As a relative new-comer to the state College Democrats, Joe hopes to contribute new ideas and a spark that will make this 2012 election season historic and lock down the President's job for four more years.
Kaycie Miltenberger is a senior at Syracuse University majoring in Political Science and Public Relations with minors in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy and Statistics. She currently serves as the Vice President of the College Democrats Chapter at Syracuse University.
Originally from Oregon, Kaycie was somehow born to a Tea Party supporter. Her effort to prove her father wrong has driven her personal political activism. As a true Oregonian with an inherent love for the outdoors, the rest of Democratic politics followed quite seamlessly. Kaycie's passion for Democratic politics was ignited by the 2008 presidential campaign. At the ripe age of 16, she began volunteering for the 2008 Obama campaign. Additionally, Kaycie has worked as an organizing fellow on the 2012 Obama campaign and is highly involved in specific issue groups both on campus and off.
In her spare time, of which there is none, Kaycie indulges in jokes, Russian literature and documentary films.
Lauren Bailey is a junior at UAlbany and is a double major in Political Science and Public Health. This year she is CDNY's Finance Director. She has volunteered on various campaigns throughout her three years with the College Dems besides a one-semester gap she spent studying abroad in Hong Kong.
Besides getting migraines by spending too much time looking at spreadsheets, Lauren also is the Treasurer for UAlbany's College Democrats Chapter and Secretary for UAlbany's Pi Sigma Alpha Chapter.
Lauren is an Endwell, New York native with a constant need to travel. In her free time she is a cellist for a UAlbany string ensemble and watches corny romantic comedies.
Jessica Micha is a junior at Buffalo State College where she studies History. For Jessica, Politics has always been a passion, therefore she chartered a new chapter right before the state convention this year, and is currently the chapter president. In Buffalo, she interns with the Erie County Democratic Party and also with the Erie County Legislator. Jessica has recently been inspired to further her aspirations in public administration by legislator Timothy Hogues from district one in Erie county. She appreciates the amount of community outreach to all of his constituents and hopes to have the chance to be just as loyal.
The campaign is one of the most important components of public administration; however, you cant campaign without money, and this is where the developmental director comes in. Jessica's experience with Fundraising dates back to her senior year, in which she held an event for the earthquake victims in Haiti; during a two week period, with the help and strong support from the Community Jessica raised 5,000 dollars. She believes that raising money for the College Democrats needs to be a unified effort, and therefore she would like everyone to help out. Good Luck, and lets go CDNY 2012!
Luis Quinones is the Membership Director of CDNY and a sophomore at St. John's University where he is a dual major in Government and Politics and French. He currently serves as Treasurer for the St. John’s University College Democrats Chapter.
Originally from Venezuela, Luis moved to St. Louis at a young age and now lives in New York City. Luis found his passion in politics when he attended the historic first joint rally with then-candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Luis was inspired by President Obama to become involved. Luis was excited become active in politics when he began college and he quickly joined College Democrats. He was soon drawn into New York City politics and currently interns for a City Council campaign in Queens.
Nick Butler is a sophomore at the University at Albany studying Political Science. He joined the College Democrats his freshman year and actively participated in many campaigns during the off-year election cycle of 2011. His experience also includes New Media Director of a NYS Assembly Campaign, Communications Director of the UAlbany College Dems, and he’s currently interning for a congressional campaign in the Southern Tier.
Before moving to Albany for college, Nick grew up in Binghamton. His interest in politics was inspired by a grade school teacher who had the class actively follow the 2004 presidential election. With his experience, Nick hopes to actively help the Democratic Party succeed in New York and elsewhere.
Following college, Nick has no idea what he’s going to do. Wish him luck.
My name is Donya Nasser, email is above. I am a sophomore at St. John's University and the New York City Region Chair. I am pursuing a double major in Government and Politics and Public Administration, as well as a double minor in Public Address and Global Studies. I currently serve as secretary for the St. John's College Democrats organization.
Since freshman year of high school politics interested me and I was excited to be involved. I was President of Young Democrats and very involved in campaigning for State Politicians like Alan Grayson and Alex Sink. I also participated in Youth in Government for four years, being one of very few to have every bill I wrote up to make it within the top 5 on the docket and pass; one was sent to the Governor of Florida for review. I was invited to Girls State, where my bill was passed and read over by Governor Crist. I put much effort in being involved locally, not only with campaigns, but with conferences, like Obama's Great Outdoors, where I was chosen to be the representative for the youth. This summer I am interning for Senator Bill Nelson and also for the Obama for America campaign. Since I can remember, I aspired to do something great and be somebody affluential so that I could make a change. I have done everything I can thus far so that I can one day fulfill those dreams.
Rachel Clark is a junior at Stony Brook University, pursuing a double major in political science and psychology. Originally from Oswego, New York, Rachel previously interned for her assemblyman and is spending this summer interning for Congressman Bill Owens. She has been interested in politics since a young age, volunteering for the Obama campaign in 2008. Since joining the Stony Brook College Democrats, where she has served as secretary and currently serves as vice president, Rachel has volunteered for a number of local and Congressional campaigns on Long Island. In addition, she previously served as News Editor of Think Magazine, Stony Brook's progressive campus publication.
Jack Mullan is a rising junior at Vassar College, where he studies, among many things, Political Science and Economics. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Jack has long been a follower of New York politics, having worked at the office of Congressman Jerry Nader and more recently getting involved in a number of Dutchess county campaigns.
Jack currently serves as Treasurer for the Vassar College Dems and intends to use his position as Hudson Valley Regional Chair to continue to fight for Democratic victories across the state. In addition to his love for liberals, Jack also likes crosswords, soccer, and Beethoven.
Cassie Tavernier is a Senior currently attending the University At Albany. She is a Political Science major and a History minor. Cassie Transferred to the University At Albany, where she interned for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and she is the the President of the UAlbany College Democrats Chapter. She has also been accepted in to the UAlbany Rockefeller College Dean's Leadership Council, where the Council organizes Speakers and Events for the current Political Science students to come together. She has campaigned for local candidates in the Albany Area and is eager to help campaign for President Obama in the coming election year.
Ian Ludd is a Junior at Syracuse University majoring in Political Science and International Relations and currently serves as the Central New York Regional Chairman. He also serves as the Obama For America representative on the Syracuse University campus.
Ian never forgets how lucky he is to have the opportunities that have been afforded to him to get an education. It is the recognition that many lack such opportunities that drove Ian to get involved in the political process and the Democratic Party.
Ian enjoys basketball (Bleed Orange!), the outdoors, playing the guitar, and a good book.
Kathleen Bitter is a sophomore majoring in Biology at Cornell University. She is currently serving as the Director of IT and New Media for the Cornell College Democrats.
Kathleen was raised on a goat farm in Skaneateles, New York to a couple of agriculture-loving democrats. She has been following politics since the 2004 elections and became especially passionate about the Democratic party during the 2008 presidential election. She looks forward to working with fellow New York State Democrats to help make this year's elections a success for the Democratic Party.
Brittany Terzakos is currently a sophomore at SUNY Geneseo with a double major in Political Science and Economics. Brittany first became interested in Political Science by getting involved locally on Long Island, working to bring back education programs that were cut. She began interning during her senior year of high school for Suffolk County’s first ever coordinated campaign with Steve Bellone for County Executive and was later hired as a Field Organizer. Following the campaign, Brittany interned in Washington, D.C. for Congressman Tim Bishop. In 2012 Brittany worked on Congressman Bishop’s re-election campaign as a Field Organizer.
At Geneseo, she became very active with the school's College Democrats. She volunteered on Congresswoman Kathy Hochul’s campaign and orchestrated GOTV efforts for the local town elections. She is active with the Livingston Country Town Democratic Committee and works with surrounding campaigns.